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Controversial punt return leaves Iowa baffled in brutal loss to Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers won a low-scoring bout to Iowa, 12-10, on Saturday night. But the result looked to be a Hawkeyes victory late in the game until referees called back a controversial punt return. 

Iowa’s Cooper DeJean was set to receive a punt from Minnesota, which was deep in their own zone with 2:06 left to play in the game. The Hawkeyes’ defense forced a three-and-out, giving their offense an opportunity to go down the field with good position to win the game. 

When the punt was away, DeJean immediately noticed that the ball was going to be short, so he pointed at where the ball would land for his teammates to recognize its spot. In doing so, DeJean was also waving his left hand, though it didn’t look to be a clear fair catch signal. 

The loss for the Hawkeyes pushed them to 6-2 on the year, and 3-2 in Big 10 conference play. Minnesota, on the other hand, improved to 4-3 for the season. 

Scott Thompson is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

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