1984 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1984 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Freedom Bowl champion
Freedom Bowl vs. #19 Texas, W 55-17
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 16
1984 record 8–4–1 (5–3–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (6th year)
Offensive coordinator Bill Snyder (6th year)
Defensive coordinator Bill Brashier (6th year)
MVP Ronnie Harmon
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#13 Ohio State $ 7 2 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Purdue 6 3 0     7 5 0
#16 Iowa 5 3 1     8 4 1
Wisconsin 5 3 1     7 4 1
Michigan 5 4 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 5 4 0     6 6 0
Minnesota 3 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Indiana 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1984 Big Ten Conference football season. The Hawkeyes, led by legendary head coach Hayden Fry, were members of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Kinnick Stadium.

Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 Iowa State* No. 10 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Cy-Hawk Trophy) W 59–21   66,150
September 15 No. 12 Penn State* No. 5 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA L 17–20   66,145
September 22 at No. 5 Ohio State No. 14 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH SV L 26–45   89,733
September 29 Illinois Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA CBS W 21–16   66,322
October 6 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 31–3   36,598
October 13 at No. 14 Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 40–3   66,359
October 20 Michigan No. 18 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA CBS W 26–0   66,025
October 27 at Indiana No. 17 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 24–20   37,747
November 3 Wisconsin No. 17 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA CBS T 10–10   66,255
November 10 Michigan State No. 18 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA L 16–17   65,887
November 17 at Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) L 17–23   63,479
December 1 at Hawaii* Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI W 17–6   50,000
December 26 vs. No. 19 Texas* Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA (Freedom Bowl) Mizlou W 55–17   24,093
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP 12 (1) 10 (1) 5 (2) 14 NR NR NR 18 17 17 18 NR NR NR NR 16
Coaches' 14 14 5 15 20 20 19 17 17 13 17 NR NR NR NR 15

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Game summaries[edit]

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at #10 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 0 7 0 14 21
Hawkeyes 14 28 10 7 59

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Penn State[edit]

#12 Penn State at #5 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Nittany Lions 0 13 0 7 20
Hawkeyes 3 7 0 7 17

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Ohio State[edit]

#14 Iowa at #5 Ohio State
1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Hawkeyes 3 17 6 0 26
#5 Buckeyes 10 21 7 7 45
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game attendance: 89,733
  • Game weather: 85°F, Clear and sunny, Wind S 10-15
  • Referee: Jim Kemerling
  • Television network: SV

The Hawkeyes outgained the Buckeyes 458-335, but four turnovers (one returned for a touchdown) were too much to overcome on this trip to Columbus. Keith Byars ran, caught, and threw touchdowns for Ohio State. [5]

Illinois[edit]

Illinois at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 3 0 0 13 16
Hawkeyes 7 0 7 7 21

The Hawkeyes exacted some revenge for the whipping laid on them in Champaign the previous season. The win over the defending Big Ten champions snapped the Illini’s 12-game conference winning streak. [6]

Northwestern[edit]

Iowa at Northwestern
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 14 10 0 7 31
Wildcats 0 3 0 0 3

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Purdue[edit]

Iowa at #14 Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 6 13 21 0 40
Boilermakers 3 0 0 0 3

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Chuck Long went 17-21 for 369 yards and 4 TD as Iowa won in West Lafayette for the first time since 1956.[9]

Michigan[edit]

Michigan at #18 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 6 3 3 14 26

The Hawkeyes' 26-0 shutout of the Wolverines would end up being Bo Schembechler's worst loss in 21 years as head coach at Michigan. [10] [11]

Indiana[edit]

#17 Iowa at Indiana
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 7 10 0 24
Hoosiers 7 7 0 6 20

Chuck Long set an NCAA record by completing 22-straight passes[12] (record stood until 1998[13]) and tossed two touchdowns, and Ronnie Harmon ran for 160 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Indiana. Iowa sat atop the Big Ten standings after beating the Hoosiers, but would not win another conference game in 1984.

Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin at #17 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 10 0 0 0 10
Hawkeyes 0 0 3 7 10

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Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State at #18 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 7 7 3 0 17
Hawkeyes 3 0 0 13 16

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Minnesota[edit]

Iowa at Minnesota
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 7 3 17
Golden Gophers 0 7 3 13 23

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Hawaii[edit]

Iowa at Hawaii
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 3 0 0 14 17
Rainbow Warriors 0 6 0 0 6

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Freedom Bowl[edit]

#19 Texas vs. Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Longhorns 0 17 0 0 17
Hawkeyes 14 10 31 0 55

Chuck Long 29-39, 461 yards, 6 TD [18]

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Postseason Awards[edit]

Team players in the 1985 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1985 NFL Draft
Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jonathan Hayes Tight End 2 41 Kansas City Chiefs
Owen Gill Running Back 2 53 Seattle Seahawks
George Little Defensive Tackle 3 65 Miami Dolphins
Dave Strobel Linebacker 8 211 Cincinnati Bengals

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1984 Iowa Hawkeyes Schedule and Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Iowa 1984 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Long bombards Iowa State". The Pantagraph. September 9, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Penn State takes air out of Iowa". Chicago Tribune. September 16, 1984. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "IOWA IS DEFEATED BY OHIO STATE, 45-26". New York Times. September 23, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Iowa halts Illini's Big Ten streak". The Pantagraph. September 30, 1984. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Iowa crushes Northwestern". The Pantagraph. October 7, 1984. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "AT IOWA, HARMON MAKES OFFENSE GO". New York Times. October 10, 1984. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Iowa, Long destroy Purdue jinx". Chicago Tribune. October 14, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "IOWA DEALS SCHEMBECHLER WORST DEFEAT". New York Times. October 20, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "No. 18 Iowa Gives Michigan Worst Loss in 16 Years, 26-0". Washington Post. October 20, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Long powers Iowa". Chicago Tribune. October 28, 1984. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Martin Turns Tennessee Rout Into Tee Party". Los Angeles Times. November 1, 1998. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ "HARMON INJURED AS IOWA TIES". New York Times. November 4, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  15. ^ "OHIO ST. GRABS BIG TEN LEAD". New York Times. November 11, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Minnesota Shocks Iowa". Chicago Tribune. November 18, 1984. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Long, Iowa rally to down Hawaii". The Pantagraph. December 2, 1984. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ Iowa Hawkeyes Official Athletic Site
  19. ^ "Long Sets Records As Iowa Triumphs". New York Times. December 27, 1984. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ "1985 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com.