1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, L 45-28 vs. UCLA
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #10
1985 record 10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry
MVP Nate Creer
Mike Haight
Bill Happel
Ronnie Harmon
Scott Helverson
Tom Humphrey
Chuck Long
George Millett
Devon Mitchell
Jay Norvell
Kelly O'Brien
Hap Peterson
Larry Station [1]
Captain Mike Haight
Ronnie Harmon
Chuck Long
Hap Peterson
Larry Station [2]
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10/9 Iowa 7 1 0     10 2 0
#2/2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
#14/11 Ohio State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 1 7 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Season[edit]

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.[3] 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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14 Drake* #5 Kinnick StadiumIowa 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 StadiumAmes, IA (Cy-Hawk Trophy) Raycom W 57–3   53,202
October 5 Michigan Statedagger #1 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA CBS W 35–31   66,044
October 12 at Wisconsin #1 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, 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 StadiumEvanston, IL W 49–10   47,269
November 2 at #8 Ohio State #1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, 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 StadiumWest 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 BowlPasadena, CA (1986 Rose Bowl) NBC L 28–45   103,292
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 3 7 10 3 23
Wisconsin 0 0 10 3 13

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Michigan[edit]

#2 Wolverines at #1 Hawkeyes
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 7 0 3 10
Iowa 0 6 0 6 12


Ohio St.[edit]

#1 Hawkeyes at #8 Buckeyes
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 7 0 6 13
Ohio State 5 10 0 7 22


Minnesota[edit]

In the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa beat Minnesota.

Rose Bowl vs. UCLA[edit]

Bruins vs. Hawkeyes
1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 10 14 7 14 45
Iowa 7 3 7 11 28


Team players in the 1986 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
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

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=160&season=1985
  5. ^ "Top-ranked Iowa eases past Wisconsin." Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 13.
  6. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1986.htm
  7. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/awards?awardId=3
  8. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/awards/all-america-1980-1989.html#1985