1980 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1980 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1980 record 4–7 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Bill Snyder (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Brashier (2nd season)
MVP Keith Chappelle
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Michigan $ 8 0 0     10 2 0
No. 15 Ohio State 7 1 0     9 3 0
No. 17 Purdue 7 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa 4 4 0     4 7 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 5 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Iowa Hawkeyes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Iowa in the 1980 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second season under head coach Hayden Fry, the Hawkeyes finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference (Big Ten), compiled a 4–7 record (4–4 against Big Ten opponents), and were outscored by their opponents, 238 to 154.[1] The team played its home games in Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

The team's statistical leaders included Phil Suess with 1,031 passing yards, Jeff Brown with 673 rushing yards, and Keith Chappelle with 1,037 receiving yards and 36 points scored.[2] Several Iowa players also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in various statistical categories, including the following:

  • Keith Chappelle led the Big Ten with 1,037 receiving yards and third in the conference with 64 receptions.[3]
  • Norm Granger led the Big Ten with 29.9 yards per kickoff return.[3]
  • J. C. Love Jordan ranked third in the Big Ten with 348 kickoff return yards and 26.8 yard per kickoff return.[3]
  • Tracy Crocker ranked third in the Big Ten with 62 interception return yards.[3]
  • Reggie Roby ranked sixth in the Big Ten with a 40.0% field goal percentage and eighth with six field goals made.[3]
  • Phil Suess ranked sixth in the Big Ten with a 52.4 pass completion percentage and a 114.1 passing efficiency rating and eighth with 1,031 passing yards.[3]
  • Jeff Brown ranked sixth in the Big Ten with 5.1 yards per rushing attempt and eighth with 673 rushing yards.[3]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 16–7   50,173
September 20 at No. 6 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE L 0–57   76,029
September 27 Iowa State* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Cy-Hawk Trophy) L 7–10   60,145
October 4 Arizona* Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA L 3–5   59,950
October 11 Illinois Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA L 14–20   59,780
October 18 Northwesterndagger Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 25–3   59,990
October 25 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Floyd of Rosedale) L 6–24   58,158
November 1 Wisconsin Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA W 22–13   59,995
November 8 at No. 17 Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 13–58   68,775
November 15 No. 7 Ohio State Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, IA L 7–41   59,890
November 22 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 41–0   55,123
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.



1980 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
RB 28 Phil Blatcher Jr
WR Keith Chappelle Sr
QB 12 Pete Gales Jr
G 76 Ron Hallstrom Jr
C Jay Hilgenberg Sr
QB 16 Phil Suess Sr
Pos. # Name Class
DL 63 Mark Bortz So
DL 58 Pat Dean Jr
DB 10 Jim Frazier Jr
DT John Harty Sr
DL Michael Hooks
DB 43 Lou King Jr
DB 41 Bob Stoops So
DE 99 Andre Tippett Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P/K 7 Reggie Roby So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Bill SnyderOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Bill Brashier – Defensive Coordinator
  • Carl Jackson – Running backs
  • Del MillerOffensive assistant
  • Dan McCarneyDefensive line
  • Barry AlvarezLinebackers
  • Don Patterson – Defensive Backs
  • Bernie Wyatt – Defensive Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
  • Bill Dervich – Strength and Conditioning

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Game summaries[edit]

at Indiana[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
24–19–4 1979 L 26–30

On September 13, Iowa opened its 1980 season with a 16–7 victory over Indiana. Jeff Brown rushed for 176 yards and caught five passes in his first start as Iowa's tailback.[4]

at Nebraska[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–22–3 1979 L 21–24

On September 20, in the Iowa–Nebraska football rivalry, Iowa was "humiliated" by Nebraska (AP No. 6) by a 57–0 score in front of a crowd of 76,029 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The 57-point loss was the worst football defeat for Iowa in 30 years. Nebraska's Jarvis Redwine rushed for 153 yards on 12 carries.[5]

Iowa State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
18–9 1979 W 30–14

On September 27, Iowa played Iowa State in the fourth modern edition of the Iowa–Iowa State football rivalry, a game dubbed "Sic Em IV". Iowa lost by a 10–7 score before a crowd of 60,145 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Iowa quarterback Phil Suess threw a 20-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, but he was unavailable to play in the second half after sustaining a sprained shoulder on his throwing arm. With less than a minute to go, Iowa drove to Iowa State's nine-yard line, but opted to go for the win rather than kick a game-tying field goal.[6]


Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 1978 L 3–23

On October 4, Iowa lost to Arizona, 5–3, before a crowd of 59,950 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. After fans booed the Hawkeyes during the game, Iowa coach Hayden Fry noted that "Iowa fans have more experience at booing than anybody else in the country."[7] Iowa's only points came on a Reggie Roby field goal in the fourth quarter. Roby then missed a 48-yard attempt with 2:28 remaining in the game. Iowa also gave up two points on a safety when Arizona blocked a punt out of the end zone.[7]


Overall record Last meeting Result
15–27–2 1979 W 13–7

On October 11, Illinois defeated Iowa, 20–14, before a crowd of 59,780 at Kinnick Stadium. Illinois led, 20-0, early in the third quarter when Illinois cornerback Rick George returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the second half. Iowa then mounted a comeback that fell short. Keith Chappelle led the comeback effort, catching two touchdown passes in the second half. Chappelle broke an Iowa single-game record with 191 receiving yards and tied another with 11 receptions.[8]


Overall record Last meeting Result
26–14–3 1979 W 58–6

On October 18, Iowa defeated Northwestern, 25–3, before a homecoming crowd of 59,990 in Iowa City. In his first game as Iowa's starting tailback, Phil Blatcher rushed for 148 yards on 19 carries, including a 51-yard gain on a Statue of Liberty play, and also caught a touchdown pass.[9]

at Minnesota[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
22–49–1 1979 L 7–24

On October 25, in the annual battle for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy, Minnesota defeated Iowa, 24–6, before a crowd of 58,158 in Minneapolis. Iowa fumbled eight times, gave up eight sacks, and managed to score only two field goals. Marion Barber, Jr. scored three rushing touchdowns for Minnesota.[10]


Overall record Last meeting Result
22–34–1 1979 W 24–13

On November 1, Iowa defeated Wisconsin, 22–13, in Iowa City. In his first game as Iowa's starting quarterback, Pete Gales completed nine of 22 passes for 161 yards and rushed for 41 yards. One of Gales' completions was good for 54 yards and a touchdown to Keith Chappelle. Iowa scored another touchdown when Iowa linebacker Andre Tippett forced a fumble by Wisconsin quarterback John Josten, and Mark Bortz recovered the ball in the end zone.[11]

at Purdue[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–38–2 1979 L 14–20

On November 8, #17 Purdue defeated Iowa, 58–13, at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. Mark Hermann set a Purdue single-game record with 439 passing yards. Hermann also set an NCAA career record with 1,151 pass completions.[12]

Ohio State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
10–27–2 1979 L 7–34

On November 15, Ohio State easily defeated Iowa, 41–7, in Iowa City. Art Schlichter threw two touchdown passes, and Calvin Murray rushed for 183 yards to lead the Buckeyes.[13]

at Michigan State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–10–1 1979 W 33–23

On November 22, Iowa shut out Michigan State, 41–0, before a disappointed crowd of 55,123 fans at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. After the game, Iowa coach Hayden Fry called it a "real fine victory," while Michigan State coach Muddy Waters said: "You saw it – rotten, lousy flat. It was about the worst game I ever saw. We were afraid it would happen, scared to death it would happen with an inexperienced team like we have."[14]

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players in the 1981 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John Harty Defensive Tackle 2 36 San Francisco 49ers
Matt Petrzelka Tackle 11 280 San Diego Chargers
Keith Chappelle Wide Receiver 11 301 Atlanta Falcons



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  2. ^ "1980 Iowa Hawkeyes Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "1980 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Iowa gets sweet revenge; Hawks hold Indiana this time, 16–7". Des Moines Register. September 14, 1980. p. 1D. 
  5. ^ Buck Turnbull (September 21, 1980). "Huskers humiliate Hawks, 57–0!". The Des Moines Register. p. D1. 
  6. ^ "Cyclones Get Even With Hawks, 10-7: Two victories apiece in state rivalry as Iowa shuns tie". Des Moines Register. September 28, 1980. p. 1D-2D. 
  7. ^ a b Ron Maly (October 5, 1980). "Iowa sputters, 5-3: Hawkeyes let Arizona off the hook". Des Moines Register. p. 1D, 3D. 
  8. ^ Buck Turnbull (October 12, 1980). "Hawks stumble, fumble to fourth straight setback". Des Moines Register. p. 1D-2D. 
  9. ^ "Iowa whips Wildcats, ends slump". Des Moines Register. October 19, 1980. p. 1D, 3D. 
  10. ^ "Hawkeyes commit 'offensive suicide,'24-6". Des Moines Register. October 26, 1980. pp. 1D–2D. 
  11. ^ "New quarterback leads Iowa over Badgers". Green Bay Press-Gazette. November 2, 1980. p. D1. 
  12. ^ Max Stultz (November 9, 1980). "Purdue Mark-smanship bombs Hawkeyes". The Indianapolis Star. p. 4-1. 
  13. ^ "Bucks rip Iowa, await UM invasion". Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune. November 16, 1980. p. 27. 
  14. ^ James Tinney (November 23, 1980). "Iowa express wrecks Spartan respectability". Lansing State Journal. p. C1. 
  15. ^ "1981 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com.