1918 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1918 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1918 record 6–2 (2–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Howard Jones (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Single wing
Captain Ronald Reed
Home stadium Iowa Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1917
1919 →
1918 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan + 2 0 0     5 0 0
Illinois + 4 0 0     5 2 0
Purdue + 1 0 0     3 3 0
Iowa 2 1 0     6 2 1
Minnesota 2 1 0     5 2 1
Northwestern 1 1 0     2 2 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     3 3 0
Indiana 0 0 0     2 2 0
Ohio State 0 3 0     3 3 0
Chicago 0 5 0     4 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1918 Iowa Hawkeyes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Iowa in the 1918 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third season under head coach Howard Jones, the Hawkeyes compiled a 6–2 (2–1 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in a tie for fourth place in the conference.

Iowa end Robert Reed and guard Harry Hunzelman received first-team All-Big Ten honors.[1][2] African-American tackle Duke Slater also made his debut as a freshman for the 1918 Iowa team.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 28Great Lakes Navy*L 0–10
October 5Nebraska*W 12–0
October 12Coe*
  • Iowa Field
  • Iowa City, IA
W 27–0
October 19Cornell (IA)*
  • Iowa Field
  • Iowa City, IA
W 34–0
November 2Illinois
  • Iowa Field
  • Iowa City, IA
L 0–19
November 9Minnesotadagger
  • Iowa Field
  • Iowa City, IA
W 6–0
November 16Iowa State*
  • Iowa Field
  • Iowa City, IA
W 21–0
November 23Northwestern
  • Iowa Field
  • Iowa City, IA
W 23–7
November 30at Camp Dodge*Johnston, IAT 0–0
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming

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Game summaries[edit]

On September 28, 1918, Iowa lost to Great Lakes Navy team, 10–0, before a crowd of 4,000 in Iowa City. Walter Eckersall in the Chicago Tribune called it "one of the best early games seen in the west in the last decade."[4] The 1918 Great Lakes Navy Bluejackets football team compiled a 3–0–1 record against Big Ten opponents, went on to win the 1919 Rose Bowl, and featured three players (George Halas, Jimmy Conzelman, and Paddy Driscoll) who were later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Charlie Bachman, who was hired as Northwestern's coach after the season and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, also played for the 1918 Great Lakes team.

On October 5, 1918, Iowa defeated Nebraska, 12–0, in Lincoln, Nebraska. After a scoreless first half, Iowa scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. The victory was the first for an Iowa team over a Nebraska team since 1899.[5]

On October 12, 1918, Iowa defeated Coe College, 27–0, in Iowa City. The game was played before members of Iowa's Student Army Training Corps only. The game was cancelled but then put back on schedule early on the day of the game.[6]

On October 19, 1918, Iowa defeated Cornell (IA), 34–0.

On November 2, 1918, Illinois defeated Iowa, 19–0, at Iowa City. Illinois scored touchdowns in the second, third, and fourth quarters. The Des Moines Register credited Illinois' victory to "perfectly executed forward passes and machinelike teamwork."[7][8]

On November 9, 1918, Iowa defeated the Minnesota S.A.T.C. team, 6–0, in Iowa City. The victory was Iowa's first in the Iowa–Minnesota football rivalry, having lost 12 consecutive games dating back to 1891. Iowa's touchdown was scored in the third quarter after fullback Fred Lohman threw a pass from his own 23-yard line that was caught by William Donnelly and taken to Minnesota's four-yard line. Lohman scored the winning touchdown three plays later.[9]

On November 16, 1918, Iowa defeated Iowa State, 21–0, in Iowa City. Neither team scored in the first half, but Iowa scored one touchdown in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter. Fullback Fred Lohman returned a punt 80 yards to set the stage for one of Iowa's touchdowns. The crowd was reported to be the smallest ever to watch an Iowa–Iowa State football rivalry to that point in time.[10]

On November 23, 1918, Iowa defeated Northwestern, 23-7, in Iowa City.[11]

On November 30, 1918, Iowa and Camp Dodge played to a scoreless tie before a small crowd at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter Eckersall (December 8, 1918). "Eckersall Picks "All Star" Eleven of the Big Ten". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-4 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ ESPN Big Ten Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2007. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-933060-49-1. 
  3. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/iowa/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/2013IowaFootballMediaGuide.pdf
  4. ^ Walter Eckersall (September 29, 1918). "Great Lakes Team Downs Iowa In Football Opening, 10–0: Touchdown and Field Goal Give Victory to Navy". Chicago Tribune. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Cornhuskers Lose To Hawkeye Team: Iowa Defeats Nebraska 12 to 0 for First Time in Nineteen Seasons". The Des Moines Register. October 6, 1918. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Iowa Defeats Coe, 27 to 0". The Des Moines Register. October 13, 1918. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Illinois Defeats Hawkeyes, 19 to 0". The Des Moines Register. November 3, 1918. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Illinois' Open Play, Puzzling Hawkeyes, Gives 19–0 Victory". Chicago Tribune. November 3, 1918. p. 2-5 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ Charles Johnson (November 10, 1918). "Minnesota Bumps Into a Disagreeable Surprise Party at Iowa City: Gophers Licked by Hawkeyes, 6–0, Through Old Pass Hoodoo". The Minneapolis Tribune. p. 24 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Iowa Downs Ames in Annual Contest at Iowa City: Cyclones Weaken and Drop Contest". The Des Moines Register. November 17, 1918. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "Hawkeyes Trounce Northwestern: Iowa Wins Second Place in 'Big Ten'". The Des Moines Register. November 24, 1918. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Camp Dodge Holds Hawkeyes to Scoreless Tie in Good Game". The Des Moines Register. December 1, 1918. p. 14M – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read