1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team
|1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football|
Big Ten Champions
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1985 record||10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Hayden Fry|
Larry Station 
Larry Station 
|Home stadium||Kinnick Stadium|
|1985 Big Ten football standings|
|#10/9 Iowa †||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#14/11 Ohio State||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
Chuck Long declared that he would return for his senior season. He became an instant Heisman Trophy candidate, and Iowa was a preseason top five team. After three weeks in 1985, the Hawkeyes ascended to #1 in the national rankings for the second time in team history (1960).
Three weeks later, in the sixth game of the season, #1 Iowa faced #2 Michigan in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa trailed 10-9 as the Hawkeyes regained possession of the football at their own 22-yard line with just 5:27 remaining in the game. Long drove the Iowa team to the 12-yard line with two seconds remaining to set up kicker Rob Houghtlin's game winning field goal as time expired. After a rout of Northwestern, the Hawkeyes were upset by the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus.
The loss to Ohio State cost Iowa their #1 ranking, but the Hawkeyes still won the Big Ten title outright for the first time in 27 years. Chuck Long won many major national awards as a senior, including the 1985 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player and the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a consensus first team All-American. Finally, Chuck Long was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Bo Jackson of Auburn in what used to be the closest margin in Heisman history, losing by just 45 points.
Iowa lost in Chuck Long's final game in the 1986 Rose Bowl. Long's Iowa teams compiled a 35-13-1 record. He graduated with 10,461 passing yards and 74 touchdowns on 782 completions.
|September 14||Drake*||#5||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||W 58–0||66,135|
|September 21||Northern Illinois*||#4||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||W 48–20||66,014|
|September 28||at Iowa State*||#3||Cyclone Stadium • Ames, IA (Cy-Hawk Trophy)||Raycom||W 57–3||53,202|
|October 5||Michigan State||#1||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||CBS||W 35–31||66,044|
|October 12||at Wisconsin||#1||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 23–13||79,023|
|October 19||#2 Michigan||#1||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||CBS||W 12–10||66,350|
|October 26||at Northwestern||#1||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL||W 49–10||47,269|
|November 2||at #8 Ohio State||#1||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||CBS||L 13–22||90,467|
|November 9||Illinois||#6||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA||W 59–0||66,120|
|November 16||at Purdue||#5||Ross-Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||CBS||W 27–24||57,762|
|November 23||Minnesota||#3||Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Floyd of Rosedale)||W 31–9||66,020|
|January 1||vs. #13 UCLA*||#4||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (1986 Rose Bowl)||NBC||L 28–45||103,292|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
In the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa beat Minnesota.
Team players in the 1986 NFL Draft
|Chuck Long||Quarterback||1||12||Detroit Lions|
|Ronnie Harmon||Running Back||1||16||Buffalo Bills|
|Mike Haight||Tackle||1||22||New York Jets|
|Devon Mitchell||Defensive Back||4||92||Detroit Lions|
|Larry Station||Linebacker||11||287||Pittsburgh Steelers|
Awards and honors
- Chuck Long, Davey O'Brien Award
- Chuck Long, Maxwell Award
- Chuck Long, Runner-up, Heisman Trophy
- Consensus All-America Team: Chuck Long, Quarterback and Larry Station, Linebacker 
- Big Ten Football Media Guide. Note that Michigan had a 6-1-1 record in second place to Iowa's 7-1 record. Michigan also had tied with Illinois.
- "Top-ranked Iowa eases past Wisconsin." Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 13.