1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Alamo Bowl Champions
Alamo Bowl, W 27–0 vs. Texas Tech
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 18
1996 record 9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (18th year)
Offensive coordinator Don Patterson (5th year)
Defensive coordinator Bob Elliott (1st year)
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,397)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
#15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
#7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. Participating as members of the Big Ten Conference, the Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium and were led by legendary coach Hayden Fry.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 11:30 AM Arizona* No. 22 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN W 21–20   68,267
September 14 2:30 PM Iowa State* No. 21 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy) ABC W 38–13   70,397
September 21 6:00 PM at Tulsa* No. 19 Skelly StadiumTulsa, OK ESPN+ L 20–27   27,788
October 5 11:00 AM Michigan State Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ESPN+ W 37–30   70,397
October 12 1:00 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 31–10   37,154
October 19 11:30 AM at No. 10 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN2 W 21–20   96,230
October 26 2:30 PM No. 2 Ohio State No. 20 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ABC L 26–38   70,397
November 2 11:00 AM at Illinois No. 25 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN+ W 31–21   54,381
November 9 2:30 PM No. 16 Northwestern No. 23 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ABC L 13–40   70,397
November 16 11:30 AM Wisconsin Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Rivalry) ESPN W 31–0   66,570
November 23 7:30 PM at Minnesota No. 24 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN (Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale) ESPN2 W 43–24   53,349
December 29 7:00 PM vs. Texas Tech* No. 21 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN W 27–0   55,677
*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 15 16 Final
AP 22 22 22 21 19 RV 20 25 23 RV 24 22 21 21 18
Coaches' 18

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Game summaries[edit]

Arizona[edit]

Arizona at #22 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 0 10 3 20
Hawkeyes 0 14 7 0 21

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Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State at #21 Iowa
Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 0 0 13 0 13
Hawkeyes 7 17 14 0 38

Tavian Banks ran for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones for the 14th consecutive time.

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Tulsa[edit]

#19 Iowa at Tulsa
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 10 0 3 20
Golden Hurricane 10 3 14 0 27

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Michigan State[edit]

Michigan State at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 17 6 7 0 30
Hawkeyes 0 10 20 7 37

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Indiana[edit]

Iowa at Indiana
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 3 21 0 31
Hoosiers 7 0 3 0 10

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Penn State[edit]

Iowa at #10 Penn State
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 7 0 7 21
Nittany Lions 10 10 0 0 20

Highlighted by an electrifying 83-yard punt return touchdown by Tim Dwight (the first of five career punt return touchdowns), the Hawkeyes earned their first road win over a top ten opponent since the 1990 season.

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Ohio State[edit]

#2 Ohio State at #20 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 17 14 7 0 38
Hawkeyes 3 3 6 14 26

ESPN's College GameDay visited Iowa City for the first time for this matchup between the #2 Buckeyes (6-0) and #20 Hawkeyes (5-1).

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Illinois[edit]

#25 Iowa at Illinois
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 7 3 14 31
Fighting Illini 7 7 0 7 21

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Northwestern[edit]

#18 Northwestern at #23 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 10 13 14 40
Hawkeyes 0 7 0 6 13

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Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin vs. Iowa
Rivalry game
1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 10 14 7 0 31

After this shutout at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes had gone 17-0-1 in an 18-game stretch in the series with the Badgers.

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Minnesota[edit]

#24 Iowa at Minnesota
Battle for Floyd of Rosedale
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 10 7 16 10 43
Golden Gophers 0 10 7 7 24

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Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech[edit]

Texas Tech vs. #21 Iowa
Alamo Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 6 11 0 10 27

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Postseason Awards[edit]

  • Tim Dwight - First-team All-American (All-purpose / kick returners)

Team players in the 1997 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tom Knight Defensive Back 1 9 Arizona Cardinals
Ross Verba Guard 1 30 Green Bay Packers
Sedrick Shaw Running Back 3 61 New England Patriots
Damien Robinson Defensive Back 4 119 Philadelphia Eagles

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Iowa 1996 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Arizona vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 7, 1996. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Iowa State vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 14, 1996. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Iowa vs. Tulsa". USA Today. September 21, 1996. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Michigan State vs. Iowa". USA Today. October 5, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Iowa vs. Indiana". USA Today. October 12, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Iowa vs. Penn State". USA Today. October 19, 1996. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ohio State vs. Iowa". USA Today. October 26, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ohio State 38, Iowa 26". Chicago Tribune. October 27, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ohio State's Victory Over Iowa Has a Familiar Ring". Los Angeles Times. October 27, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Iowa vs. Illinois". USA Today. November 2, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Northwestern vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 9, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Wisconsin vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 16, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Iowa vs. Minnesota". USA Today. November 23, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Texas Tech vs. Iowa". USA Today. December 29, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Alamo Bowl: Iowa 27, Texas Tech 0". Chicago Tribune. December 30, 1996. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  18. ^ "1997 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015.