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 No. 9
AP No. 10
1985 record 10-2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (7th year)
Offensive coordinator Bill Snyder (7th year)
Defensive coordinator Bill Brashier (7th year)
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 Iowa $ 7 1 0     10 2 0
#2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
#14 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

The 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Hayden Fry and played their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

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* No. 5 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 58–0   66,135
September 21 Northern Illinois* No. 4 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 48–20   66,014
September 28 at Iowa State* No. 3 Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa (Cy-Hawk Trophy) Raycom W 57–3   53,202
October 5 Michigan Statedagger No. 1 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa CBS W 35–31   66,044
October 12 at Wisconsin No. 1 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin (Rivalry) W 23–13   79,023
October 19 No. 2 Michigan No. 1 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa CBS W 12–10   66,350
October 26 at Northwestern No. 1 Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 49–10   47,269
November 2 at No. 8 Ohio State No. 1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio CBS L 13–22   90,467
November 9 Illinois No. 6 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 59–0   66,120
November 16 at Purdue No. 5 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana CBS W 27–24   57,762
November 23 Minnesota No. 3 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa (Floyd of Rosedale) TBS W 31–9   66,020
January 1 vs. No. 13 UCLA* No. 4 Rose BowlPasadena, California (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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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 15 Final
AP 4 (7) 4 (5) 5 (5) 4 (5) 3 (5) 1 (35) 1 (34) 1 (27) 1 (60) 1 (58) 6 5 3 2 (3) 3 (3) 4 (2) 10
Coaches' 3 9

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Game notes[edit]

Drake[edit]

Drake at #5 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 0 14 37 7 58

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Northern Illinois[edit]

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Iowa State[edit]

#3 Iowa at Iowa State
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 34 9 7 57
Cyclones 0 0 0 3 3

The Hawkeyes earned the third of 15 consecutive wins over their in-state rivals. To date, this remains the largest margin of victory in the series. The convincing win vaulted Iowa to the #1 ranking in the country, a spot they would occupy for five consecutive weeks.

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Michigan State[edit]

Spartans at #1 Hawkeyes
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 10 14 7 31
Iowa 7 6 15 7 35
  • Source:

In their first game since ascending to the #1 ranking, the Hawkeyes survived a wild, back and forth thriller. The teams combined for well over 1,000 yards of total offense. Chuck Long (30-39, 380 yards, 4 TD) scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard bootleg with 27 seconds remaining.

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Wisconsin[edit]

#1 Hawkeyes at Badgers
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

Rob Houghtlin kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to lift the top-ranked Hawkeyes to victory over the #2 Wolverines.

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Northwestern[edit]

#1 Hawkeyes at Wildcats
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 7 21 7 14 49
Northwestern 3 0 0 7 10

On a windy day in Evanston, Chuck Long went 19-26 for 399 yards and a Big Ten record-tying 6 TDs. Bill Happel hauled in 3 TDs, finishing with 117 yards on 5 receptions.

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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

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Illinois[edit]

Illinois at #6 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 35 14 0 10 59

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Purdue[edit]

#5 Iowa at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 17 0 3 27
Boilermakers 7 10 0 7 24
  • Source:

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Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at #3 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 3 0 0 6 9
Hawkeyes 7 10 7 7 31
  • Source:

In the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa beat the Golden Gophers in Lou Holtz's last game as Minnesota's head coach. Chuck Long, in his final game at Kinnick Stadium, became the first player in Big Ten history to eclipse 10,000 career passing yards.

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Rose Bowl[edit]

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

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players in the 1986 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1986 NFL Draft
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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References[edit]

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  2. ^ The University of Iowa Athletic Communications. "University of Iowa Football 2011 Media Fact Book: IOWA Captains" (PDF). The University of Iowa Athletic Communications. p. 146. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  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.
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