The 50 Greatest Plays in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History by Michael Maxwell

By Michael Maxwell

In a chain that explores the logic-defying comebacks and hard losses, the dramatic interceptions, fumbles, game-winning box pursuits, and touchdowns that form a fan’s maximum stories in their cherished workforce, this booklet doesn't disappoint because the final collector’s merchandise for Hawkeyes lovers. It chronicles the main well-known moments within the college of Iowa’s soccer historical past, together with Warren Holloway's superb game-ending capture within the Capital One Bowl; "The Kick," Rob Houghtlin's game-winning 29-yard box target opposed to Michigan in 1985; Gordon Locke's one-yard landing plunge at hand Notre Dame their first loss in 3 years; and Chuck Long's landing run within the ultimate minute to clinch a comeback win over Michigan country. The descriptions of every play are observed with online game details and prices from contributors, avid gamers, and observers with firsthand accounts.

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During the above time span, the program amassed an overall record of 58–133–5. • The highest conference finish during this time was fourth in 1970 and 1980. • Iowa went winless in Big Ten Conference play in three different seasons, and had one overall winless campaign in 1973. 20 • After coach Forest Evashevski’s last season in 1960, the program burned through four different coaches from 1961 until Fry’s arrival in 1979. Coming into the Michigan State game, Iowa was a half game behind Michigan in the conference standings.

It was certainly a memorable win for the Hawkeyes. Coming off of a Rose Bowl appearance the prior year, Iowa was sporting a 3–1 conference record heading into the game; their only loss had been to Michigan at home in the Big Ten opener. The Hawkeyes had to overcome the loss of starting All–Big Ten quarterback Matt Rodgers to a knee injury late in the third quarter, but were able to hang on for the victory behind another stellar defensive effort. indd 40 6/19/08 2:13:08 PM I was just hoping I didn’t fall down on the way.

Copyright: University of Iowa—CMP Photographic Service In fact, Wisconsin managed just 140 yards of offense over the final three quarters—and 68 of those yards came during the game’s final drive over the last 1:21 of the game, after an Iowa victory was all but sealed. The performance of the defense was all the more impressive considering that Wisconsin led the Big Ten in scoring coming into the game. The Badgers had scored more than 40 points per game in five of their previous 10 games. The Iowa cause was also assisted by several dropped passes by Wisconsin receivers, the most important being a dropped would-be 37yard touchdown pass from John Stocco to Jonathan Orr in the second quarter.

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