1997 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1997 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Sun Bowl, L 7–17 vs. Arizona State
Conference Big Ten Conference
1997 record 7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (19th year)
Offensive coordinator Don Patterson (6th year)
Defensive coordinator Bob Elliott (2nd year)
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,397)
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »
1997 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Michigan $   8 0         12 0  
#12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
#16 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
#15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. They participated 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 6 11:30 AM Northern Iowa* No. 19 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 66–0   66,325
September 13 1:00 PM Tulsa* No. 17 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 54–16   64,893
September 20 2:30 PM at Iowa State No. 13 Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA (Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy) ABC W 63–20   50,066
September 27 11:30 AM Illinois No. 9 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ESPN2 W 38–10   70,397
October 4 2:30 PM at No. 7 Ohio State No. 8 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 7–23   92,536
October 18 11:30 AM at No. 5 Michigan No. 15 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 24–28   106,505
October 25 11:00 AM Indiana No. 19 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ESPN+ W 62–0   70,397
November 1 11:30 AM No. 18 Purdue No. 16 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA ESPN2 W 35–17   70,397
November 8 11:30 AM at Wisconsin No. 14 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Rivalry) ESPN L 10–13   79,864
November 15 11:30 AM at Northwestern No. 22 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN2 L 14–15   40,838
November 22 1:00 PM Minnesota Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA (Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale) W 31–0   64,591
December 31 1:30 PM vs. No. 18 Arizona State* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS L 7–17   49,104
*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 21 21 20 18 13 11 11 17 15 18 15 12 22 RV RV RV RV RV
Coaches' 19 17 13 9 8 15 19 16 14 22 RV RV RV RV RV

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Game summaries[edit]

Northern Iowa[edit]

Northern Iowa at #19 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 10 28 7 21 66

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Tulsa[edit]

Tulsa at #17 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Hurricane 0 10 6 0 16
Hawkeyes 23 7 7 17 54

Avenging an upset loss from the previous season, the Hawkeyes rolled up over 600 yards of total offense for the second time in as many games. Senior running back Tavian Banks rushed for a school record 314 yards and a school record-tying 4 touchdowns.

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Iowa State[edit]

#13 Iowa at Iowa State
Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 14 21 21 7 63
Cyclones 0 6 7 7 20

The Hawkeyes won against the rival Cyclones for the 15th consecutive year.

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Illinois[edit]

Illinois at #9 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 3 0 7 10
Hawkeyes 7 17 7 7 38

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Ohio State[edit]

#8 Iowa at #7 Ohio State
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 0 7 0 7
Buckeyes 0 10 6 7 23

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Michigan[edit]

#15 Iowa at #5 Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 21 3 0 24
Wolverines 0 7 14 7 28

Playing their second straight game against a Top 10 team on the road, the Hawkeyes put together a very strong first half. On the final play before the break, Michigan punted to All-American Tim Dwight who took it 61 yards to the house for a 21-7 halftime lead. The Wolverines clamped down in the second half, outscoring Iowa 21-3. Michigan would go on to finish 12-0 and claim the AP National Championship.

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Indiana[edit]

Indiana at #19 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 7 14 21 20 62

The Hawkeyes scored 60+ points for the third time of the 1997 season. The win was highlighted by an electrifying 92-yard punt return for a TD by Tim Dwight. Dwight also caught a 29-yard touchdown from Randy Reiners, who was making his first start at QB, and threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Damon Gibson. The defense did plenty as well. In addition to pitching a shutout, Matt Bowen and J.P. Lange each added long interception returns for touchdowns.

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Purdue[edit]

#18 Purdue at #16 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 10 7 0 0 17
Hawkeyes 0 14 21 0 35

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Wisconsin[edit]

#14 Iowa at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 0 7 3 10
Badgers 0 13 0 0 13

The Badgers defeated the Hawkeyes for the first time since the 1976 season.

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Northwestern[edit]

#22 Iowa at Northwestern
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 7 0 0 14
Wildcats 0 7 8 0 15

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Minnesota[edit]

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

After consecutive disappointing road losses, the Hawkeyes returned to Kinnick Stadium and closed the regular season with a decisive win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Senior Day. Late in the 3rd Quarter, Tim Dwight returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown, giving him the Big Ten record for punt return touchdowns in a career (the record stood until 2006). The Iowa defense posted its third shutout in six home games during the 1997 season.

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Sun Bowl vs. Arizona State[edit]

Iowa vs. #17 Arizona State
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 0 0 7 7
Sun Devils 0 10 7 0 17
  • Date: December 31
  • Location: Sun Bowl Stadium
    El Paso, TX
  • Game start: 2:15 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 49,104
  • Game weather: 53, Clear and dry, Wind 5-10 MPH
  • Referee: Ken Flaherty
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Ryan, Dave Logan, and Scott Lasky

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Postseason Awards[edit]

Team players in the 1998 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1998 NFL Draft
Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mike Goff OT 3 78 Cincinnati Bengals
Tavian Banks RB 4 101 Jacksonville Jaguars
Tim Dwight WR 4 114 Atlanta Falcons
Kerry Cooks S 5 144 Minnesota Vikings

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Iowa 1997 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Northern Iowa vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 6, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tulsa vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 13, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Iowa vs. Iowa State". USA Today. September 20, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Illinois vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 27, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Iowa vs. Ohio State". USA Today. October 4, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Iowa vs. Michigan". USA Today. October 18, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Indiana vs. Iowa". USA Today. October 25, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Purdue vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 1, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Iowa vs. Wisconsin". USA Today. November 8, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Iowa vs. Northwestern". USA Today. November 15, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Minnesota vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 22, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Iowa vs. Arizona State". USA Today. December 31, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ "1998 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015.