1990 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1990 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Rose Bowl, L 46–34 vs. Washington
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
AP No. 18
1990 record 8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (12th year)
Offensive coordinator Carl Jackson (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Bill Brashier (12th year)
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,220)
Seasons
« 1989 1991 »
1990 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Michigan + 6 2 0     9 3 0
#16 Michigan State + 6 2 0     8 3 1
#25 Illinois + 6 2 0     8 4 0
#18 Iowa + 6 2 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 5 2 1     7 4 1
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 4 1     6 5 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     2 9 0
Purdue 1 7 0     2 9 0
Wisconsin 0 8 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1990 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium and were led by legendary coach Hayden Fry.

After starting 7-1 and rising to #6 in the polls, Iowa finished the season with an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten), winning a four-way tie for the Big Ten Conference championship by defeating the three other teams atop the conference standings – Michigan, Michigan State, and Illinois – in their respective head-to-head matchups. The Hawkeyes earned their third trip to Pasadena in ten years, but fell behind early in the 1991 Rose Bowl and lost 46-34 to the Washington Huskies. It would be another 25 years before Iowa would make a return trip to the Rose Bowl.

Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 1:00 PM Cincinnati* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA IPTV W 63–10   66,700[1]
September 22 11:00 AM Iowa State* Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Cy-Hawk Trophy) ABC W 45–35   70,389[2]
September 29 7:00 PM at No. 10 Miami (FL)* Orange BowlMiami, FL PPV L 21–48   70,420[3]
October 6 12:00 PM at No. 18 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 12–7   76,873[4]
October 13 1:00 PM Wisconsin No. 25 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA IPTV W 30–10   69,890[5]
October 20 11:30 AM at No. 10 Michigan No. 23 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN W 24–23   105,517[6]
October 27 1:00 PM Northwesterndagger No. 15 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 56–14   69,501[7]
November 3 2:30 PM at No. 5 Illinois No. 13 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ABC W 54–28   72,714[8]
November 10 11:00 AM Ohio State No. 6 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ABC L 26–27   70,033[9]
November 17 2:30 PM Purdue No. 13 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ABC W 38–9   67,636[10]
November 24 1:30 PM at Minnesota No. 13 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN (Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale) L 24–31   64,694[11]
January 1 3:30 PM vs. No. 8 Washington* No. 17 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC L 34–46   101,273[12]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. 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 NR RV NR RV RV NR 25 22 15 13 6 13 13 18 17 18
Coaches' 16

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Game notes[edit]

Cincinnati[edit]

Cincinnati at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 7 3 0 0 10
Hawkeyes 0 28 21 14 63

Kicking off the start of the 1990 Iowa Hawkeye season, the Hawks welcomed in the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Bearcats finished out the '89 season at 1–9–1 as the Hawks finished out at 5–6. In a game that ended up in a blowout, the Hawks cruised to a 63–10 win. Iowa managed to set records as well as they pummeled the Cincinnati defense. After Cincinnati built a 7–0 lead after an interception and a 1-yard touchdown run from Joe Abrams, the Hawks took command for the afternoon. After a scoreless first quarter, quarterback Matt Rodgers led the Hawks to 28 unanswered points, following two touchdowns from Rodgers, and one each from running backs Nick Bell and Tony Stewart. Cincinnati scored its last points of the game with a late field goal and ended the half with Iowa up 28–10. After halftime, Iowa went on cruise control. Iowa went on to score 21 points in the 3rd and 14 in the 4th to win the contest 63–10. Rodgers ended the game going 15–27 on passes with 191 yards. Hawkeye offense racked up 662 yards with 455 yards rushing. The defense was excellent as well. The Bearcats were allowed only 4 first downs and 69 yards rushing.

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Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at Iowa
Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 7 7 7 14 35
Hawkeyes 7 10 21 7 45

The Hawkeyes won a high-scoring affair with in-state rival Iowa State, their eighth in a series of fifteen straight wins in the rivalry.

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Miami[edit]

Iowa at #10 Miami
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 14 7 0 21
Hurricanes 14 10 7 17 48

After pulling to within 24-21 midway through the third quarter, Iowa fell to the mighty Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl, 48-21. Even in showing some competitiveness at the game in Miami, FL, few Hawk fans could have guessed what was going to follow, especially following the 5–6 debacle of the previous season, which represented the first season Iowa had not gone to a bowl since 1980.

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Michigan State[edit]

Iowa at #18 Michigan State
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 9 0 3 12
Spartans 0 0 0 7 7

In opening Big Ten play, Iowa started what ended up being their third Rose Bowl run in ten seasons. What set this conference season apart from others was that the Hawkeyes played most of their best football on the road. In weeks 1, 3, and 5, Iowa upset what ended up being the other three teams that tied for the Big 10 championship that season, all at their home venue. First was a wind-blown, defensive struggle at East Lansing, with Iowa holding onto a 12–7 victory. Hayden Fry admitted after the game that every pass he had Matt Rodgers throw was with the wind, which was blowing at a diagonal across Spartan Stadium.

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Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin at #25 Iowa
Rivalry Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 0 10 0 0 10
Hawkeyes 3 9 0 18 30

After falling behind 10-3, the Hawkeyes scored the final 27 points of the game to earn a victory over the Badgers in the first meeting between Hayden Fry and former Iowa assistant Barry Alvarez.

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Michigan[edit]

#23 Iowa at #10 Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 3 14 24
Wolverines 7 7 6 3 23
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 105,517
  • Game weather: 60°F, Sunny, mild and breezy, Wind ESE 13-20 MPH
  • Television network: ESPN

After a win over (what ended up being cellar-dweller) Wisconsin at home, Iowa traveled to the Big House in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines were still smarting after a tight, tough loss the previous week against Michigan State and it was Homecoming week. But Iowa kept it close throughout. Following a botched two-point conversion by the Wolverines after they had taken a 20–10 lead, the Hawkeyes went to work. Following one Hawkeye touchdown countered by a Michigan field goal, the Hawkeyes put together a drive for the ages, never facing a third-down. Tony Stewart grabbed the last of a series of key passes from Matt Rodgers with one hand, giving the Hawkeyes the ball at the Michigan 1-yard-line. Paul Kujawa ran it in from there, and with the extra point, the Hawks took the lead by the eventual final score of 24–23. A sack by Moses Santos and an interception by linebacker John Derby sealed the stunner.

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Northwestern[edit]

Northwestern at #15 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 7 7 14
Hawkeyes 6 29 14 7 56

Nick Bell rushed 16 times for 136 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tony Stewart added 122 yards on 15 carries as the Hawkeyes rushed for 371 yards.

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Illinois[edit]

#13 Iowa at #5 Illinois
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 21 20 7 6 54
Fighting Illini 0 7 0 21 28
  • Sources: [ Box score]

The Hawks key road triumphs weren't finished as they traveled to Champaign, Illinois. Against an Illinois team that had the inside track to the Rose Bowl, Iowa put together one of their best offensive games in the Fry era, especially for a key road game. The Hawkeyes used an early fumble by the Illini to begin an exhibition by RB Nick Bell, the likes of which had rarely been seen in the Big 10 between two undefeated teams (in conference play). Bell literally ran over the Illini, scampering for over 100 yards just in the 1st quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Hawks led by an amazing 28–0, and they stretched it to 41–7 by the end of the half, and 48–7 by the end of the 3rd quarter, before settling for a 54–28 final. It was most likely from the efforts of that game that Nick Bell was named by the media as the Big 10 player of the year.

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Ohio State[edit]

Ohio State at #6 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 0 14 0 13 27
Hawkeyes 7 10 3 6 26

The Hawkeye bubble burst in Iowa City with a last-second loss to Ohio State. Buckeye WR Bobby Olive caught the game winning TD, his second scoring reception of the 4th quarter, from QB Greg Frey with 0:01 left on the clock. Ohio State also scored a 48-yard touchdown as the first half expired.

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Purdue[edit]

Purdue at #13 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 0 3 0 6 9
Hawkeyes 7 7 10 14 38

The Hawkeyes, entering as 26-point favorites, bounced back with what proved to be a Big 10-clinching win at home against Purdue.

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Minnesota[edit]

#13 Iowa at Minnesota
Battle for Floyd of Rosedale
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 10 7 7 24
Golden Gophers 7 14 3 7 31

Knowing that they were Rose Bowl-bound before they even took the field, the Hawkeyes dropped their final road game at Minnesota, 31–24. In that game, Tony Stewart became the Hawkeyes all-time leading rusher (at least at that time), though he lost a key fumble on that play.

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Rose Bowl[edit]

#17 Iowa vs. #8 Washington
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 7 20 34
Huskies 10 23 6 7 46
  • Sources: [Box score]

The Rose Bowl placed an over-matched Iowa against one of the best teams in the country that season, the Washington Huskies, led by head coach Don James. The Hawkeyes trailed badly at the half and trailed 39–14 after three quarters. With Washington reserves taking over in the fourth quarter, Iowa scored two touchdowns to draw within thirteen. With another Washington touchdown the margin was back to twenty, and Iowa's late last score and conversion brought them to within a dozen where the game ended, 46–34. It was Hayden Fry's last trip to Pasadena, and he ended up 0–3 in those games.[26]


Postseason Awards[edit]

Team players in the 1991 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1991 NFL Draft
Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Nick Bell Running Back 2 43 Los Angeles Raiders
Merton Hanks Defensive Back 5 122 San Francisco 49ers
Michael Titley Tight End 10 275 Miami Dolphins
Tony Stewart Running Back 11 297 Seattle Seahawks

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Other notable players[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Big Eight Roundup". Daily Union. September 23, 1990. 
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  4. ^ "Iowa 12, Michigan St. 7". Ocala Star-Banner. October 7, 1990. 
  5. ^ "Iowa 30, Wisconsin 20". Ocala Star-Banner. October 14, 1990. 
  6. ^ http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1990fbt.htm
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  9. ^ Sherman, Ed (November 11, 1990). "Ohio State Stuns Iowa, Stays Alive". Chicago Tribune. 
  10. ^ "Iowa 38, Purdue 9". Gainesville Sun. November 18, 1990. 
  11. ^ "It's Like a Road Game at Home". Star Tribune. November 25, 1990. 
  12. ^ Cunningham, Dave (January 2, 1991). "Fry Proves Prophetic In Loss To Washington". Orlando Sentinel. 
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  14. ^ "Iowa 1990 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Iowa 63, Cincinnati 10". Chicago Tribune. September 16, 1990. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "In Battle of Iowas, Hawkeyes Extend Win Streak, 45-35". Los Angeles Times. September 23, 1990. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Hawks go down gamely: 10th rated Miami tops Iowa, 48-21". The Gazette. September 30, 1990. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
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  20. ^ "Iowa makes it 2 for 2 in Michigan". Chicago Tribune. October 21, 1990. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Tuneup For Showdown: Iowa Routs NU". Chicago Tribune. October 28, 1990. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
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  23. ^ "Ohio State Stuns Iowa, Stays Alive". Chicago Tribune. November 11, 1990. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  24. ^ "No Room to Run, So Iowa Passes Purdue". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1990. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Iowa Finds Rose Amid Thorns: Big Ten: Hawkeyes lose to Minnesota but gain the bowl berth out of four-way tie for conference title.". Los Angeles Times. November 25, 1990. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Washington Outlasts Fast-Finishing Iowa". New York Times. January 2, 1991. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  27. ^ "1991 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2015.