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.
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.
- In the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa beat Minnesota.
|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.|
Team players in the NFL
|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
- "Top-ranked Iowa eases past Wisconsin." Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 13.