1979 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1979 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1979 record 5–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Bill Snyder (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Brashier (1st season)
MVP Dennis Mosley
Captain
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 60,160)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
No. 10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 18 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
No. 19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1979 Big Ten Conference football season. It was the first season for new head coach Hayden Fry, who arrived in Iowa City after spending the previous six years at North Texas State.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 Indiana Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa L 26–30   59,700
September 15 at No. 3 Oklahoma* Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma L 6–21   72,531
September 22 No. 7 Nebraska* Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa L 21–24   60,055
September 29 Iowa State* Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa (Cy-Hawk Trophy) W 30–14   60,100
October 6 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 13–7   51,044
October 13 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 58–6   27,224
October 20 Minnesota Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa (Floyd of Rosedale) L 7–24   60,050
October 27 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 24–13   79,026
November 3 Purdue Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa L 14–20   59,940
November 10 at No. 3 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 7–34   87,835
November 17 Michigan State Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 33–23   58,320
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game summaries[edit]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 0 3 7 20 30
Hawkeyes 13 13 0 0 26

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On October 22, 2016, former Indiana University coach and current ESPN College Football analyst Lee Corso described the game on College Gameday, he said at halftime he told the Hoosiers (who were losing the game 26-3) to not bother coming out for the 2nd half unless they were prepared to win the game. Indiana would then go on to win the game 30-26.

Game Statistics[2] INDIANA IOWA
First Downs 25 22
Total Yards 479 389
Passing Yards 316 227
Rushing Yards 143 162
Penalties 6-53 8-87
Turnovers 3 3

Oklahoma[edit]

Iowa at #3 Oklahoma
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 6 0 0 0 6
#3 Sooners 0 7 0 14 21

Nebraska[edit]

#7 Nebraska at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Cornhuskers 0 7 7 10 24
Hawkeyes 7 0 14 0 21

For the second week in a row, the Hawkeyes faced a Big 8 opponent ranked in the top 10. Iowa led 21-14 at the end of the 3rd quarter, but Nebraska tied the game then recovered a fumble before kicking the winning field goal late.[3]

Iowa State[edit]

Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 7 0 7 0 14
Hawkeyes 7 7 7 9 30

This game marked Hayden Fry's first win as head coach of the Hawkeyes.[4]

Game Statistics[4] ISU IOWA
First Downs 14 30
Total Yards 162 429
Passing Yards 56 51
Rushing Yards 106 378
Penalties 4-35 7-63
Turnovers 3 3

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 6 7 0 13
Fighting Illini 0 7 0 0 7

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Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 28 0 23 58
Wildcats 0 0 0 6 6
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Dyche Stadium
  • Game attendance: 27,224

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Game Statistics[6] IOWA NW
First Downs 25 16
Total Yards 509 320
Passing Yards 145 202
Rushing Yards 364 118
Penalties 3-35 4-52
Turnovers 0 8

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 6 10 0 7 23
Hawkeyes 7 6 14 6 33

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Game Statistics[7] MSU IOWA
First Downs 17 23
Total Yards 395 444
Passing Yards 244 204
Rushing Yards 151 238
Penalties 3-28 1-20
Turnovers 2 3

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players in the 1980 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Dennis Mosley RB 9 232 Minnesota Vikings
Jim Swift OT 9 238 Seattle Seahawks

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1979 Iowa Hawkeyes Schedule and Results". sports-reference.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Indiana comeback sinks Hawks" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. September 10, 1979. p. 12. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hawkeye upset spoiled, 24-21" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. September 24, 1979. p. 7. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Awesome Iowa rushing attack devastates Cyclones' defense" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. October 1, 1979. p. 12. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hawkeyes hold the line, 13-7" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. October 8, 1979. p. 11. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Hawks run wild, 58-6" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. October 15, 1979. p. 12. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Hawks soar to first-division finish, 33-23" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. November 19, 1979. p. 10. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "1980 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com.