1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 28–45 vs. UCLA
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 10
1985 record 10-2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Hayden Fry (7th season)
Offensive coordinator Bill Snyder (7th season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Brashier (7th season)
MVP
Captain Mike Haight
Ronnie Harmon
Chuck Long
Hap Peterson
Larry Station [2]
Home stadium Kinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 67,700)
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Iowa $ 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
No. 14 Ohio State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 1 7 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1985 Big Ten Conference football season. The team was coached by Hayden Fry and played their home games at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Season[edit]

Chuck Long declared that he would return for his senior season. He became an instant Heisman Trophy candidate, and Iowa was a preseason top five team. After three weeks in 1985, the Hawkeyes ascended to #1 in the national rankings for the second time in team history (1960).

Three weeks later, in the sixth game of the season, #1 Iowa faced #2 Michigan in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa trailed 10-9 as the Hawkeyes regained possession of the football at their own 22-yard line with just 5:27 remaining in the game. Long drove the Iowa team to the 12-yard line with two seconds remaining to set up kicker Rob Houghtlin's game-winning field goal as time expired. After a rout of Northwestern, the Hawkeyes were upset by the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus.

The loss to Ohio State cost Iowa their #1 ranking, but the Hawkeyes still won the Big Ten title outright for the first time in 27 years.[3] Chuck Long won many major national awards as a senior, including the 1985 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player and the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a consensus first team All-American. Finally, Chuck Long was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Bo Jackson of Auburn in what used to be the closest margin in Heisman history, losing by just 45 points.

Iowa lost in Chuck Long's final game in the 1986 Rose Bowl. Long's Iowa teams compiled a 35-13-1 record. He graduated with 10,461 passing yards and 74 touchdowns on 782 completions.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14 Drake* No. 5 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 58–0   66,135
September 21 Northern Illinois* No. 4 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 48–20   66,014
September 28 at Iowa State* No. 3 Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa (Cy-Hawk Trophy) ABC W 57–3   53,202
October 5 Michigan Statedagger No. 1 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa CBS W 35–31   66,044
October 12 at Wisconsin No. 1 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin (Rivalry) W 23–13   79,023
October 19 No. 2 Michigan No. 1 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa CBS W 12–10   66,350
October 26 at Northwestern No. 1 Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 49–10   47,269
November 2 at No. 8 Ohio State No. 1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio CBS L 13–22   90,467
November 9 Illinois No. 6 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa W 59–0   66,120
November 16 at Purdue No. 5 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana CBS W 27–24   57,762
November 23 Minnesota No. 3 Kinnick Stadium • Iowa City, Iowa (Floyd of Rosedale) TBS W 31–9   66,020
January 1 vs. No. 13 UCLA* No. 4 Rose BowlPasadena, California (1986 Rose Bowl) NBC L 28–45   103,292
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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Roster[edit]

1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 55 Dave Alexander Jr
OL 75 Kevin Angel Sr
FB 23 Richard Bass Fr
RB 13 Rick Bayless So
OL 69 Mike Bennett Sr
FB 35 Fred Bush Sr
OL 78 Malcolm Christie So
TE 49 Craig Clark So
TE 84 Marv Cook Fr
WR 82 Pat Coppinger Jr
FB 25 Marshall Cotton So
OT 61 Dave Croston Jr
OL 63 Jeff Croston Fr
OL 58 Greg Divis So
WR 1 Quinn Early So
TE 86 Mike Flagg So
OL 74 Chris Gambol Jr
RB 22 Grant Goodman Fr
WR 80 Steve Green So
OT 79 Mike Haight (C) Sr
WR 40 Bill Happel Sr
RB 28 Kevin Harmon So
RB 31 Ronnie Harmon (C) Sr
QB 8 Chuck Hartlieb Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 87 Scott Helverson Sr
QB 15 Jay Hess Jr
FB 20 David Hudson Fr
OG 65 Tom Humphrey Sr
OG 70 Bob Kratch Fr
QB 16 Chuck Long (C) Sr
WR 81 Derrius Loveless So
RB John Marchese Sr
WR 26 Peter Marciano Fr
WR 47 Jim Mauro So
TE 89 Dave Murphy Jr
OL 66 Kelly O'Brien Sr
TE 85 John Palmer Fr
QB 14 Tom Poholsky Fr
OL 67 Jim Poynton Fr
RB 33 Kevin Ringer Fr
FB 30 John Rudolph Jr
OL 60 Bob Schmitt So
FB 17 Tim Sennott Sr
C 56 Mark Sindlinger Jr
WR 2 Robert Smith Jr
OL 53 Mark Spranger Jr
QB 12 Mark Vlasic Jr
OL 71 Chuck Waggoner Fr
TE 88 Tom Ward So
OL 73 Herb Wester So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 68 Tim Anderson So
LB 93 Tim Batterson So
DE 92 Jeff Beard So
DE 48 Tyrone Berrie Fr
LB 43 Jeff Blake So
DB 19 Mike Bolan Jr
DE 5 Mike Burke So
DE 90 Doug Burrell Sr
DB 3 Kerry Burt So
CB 29 Nate Creer Sr
DB 18 Kyle Crowe Sr
LB 37 George Davis Jr
DL 76 Jeff Drost Jr
DE 83 Mike Ertz Fr
DE 94 Bruce Gear Jr
DE 96 Robert Grafton Jr
DL 64 Dave Haight Fr
DL 54 Eric Higgins Fr
DB 42 Tork Hook Fr
DB 19 Carl Jackson So
DL 77 Myron Keppy Jr
DB 4 Lloyd Kimber Jr
LB 34 Vernon Little Fr
DE 98 George Millett Sr
DB 21 Devon Mitchell Sr
DE 97 Joe Mott Fr
DB 45 Jay Norvell Sr
DL 50 Hap Peterson (C) Sr
DE 71 Chris Pigott Fr
DE 99 Richard Pryor Jr
LB 32 J.J. Puk Jr
LB 95 Jim Reilly Fr
LB 38 Shawon Respress Fr
DE 91 Sean Ridley Fr
DB 11 Rick Schmidt Jr
DL 72 Joe Schuster Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 44 Keaton Smiley So
DB 9 Ken Sims Jr
LB 36 Larry Station (C) Sr
DB 41 Mark Stoops Fr
LB 39 Tyrone Taylor So
DL 95 Eric Underberg Jr
DL 57 Jon Vrieze Jr
DL 51 Bill Weires Sr
LB 46 Dan Wirth So
DB 10 Anthony Wright Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 84 Marv Cook Fr
K 6 George Murphy Fr
K 7 Rob Houghtlin So
P 27 Gary Kostrubala Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Bill SnyderOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Bill Brashier – Defensive Coordinator
  • Kirk FerentzOffensive line
  • 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
  • Bob StoopsVolunteer Assistant

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

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
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 Final 
AP 4 (7) 4 (5) 5 (5) 4 (5) 3 (5) 1 (35) 1 (34) 1 (27) 1 (60) 1 (58) 6 5 3 2 (3) 3 (3) 4 (2) 10 
Coaches 8 (1) 7 4 3 1 (19) 1 (16) 1 (16) 1 (42) 1 (42) 6 5 4 3 3 3 9

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Game summaries[edit]

Drake[edit]

Drake at #5 Iowa
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 000 0
Hawkeyes 0 14377 58

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Northern Illinois[edit]

Northern Illinois at #4 Iowa
1 234Total
Huskies 0 767 20
Hawkeyes 14 101410 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

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Iowa State[edit]

#3 Iowa at Iowa State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 34160 57
Cyclones 0 003 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–12 1984 W 59–21

The Hawkeyes earned the third of 15 consecutive wins over their in-state rivals. To date, this remains the largest margin of victory in the series. The convincing win vaulted Iowa to the #1 ranking in the country, a spot they would occupy for five consecutive weeks.

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Michigan State[edit]

Spartans at #1 Hawkeyes
1 234Total
Michigan State 0 10147 31
Iowa 7 6157 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–11–1 1984 L 16–17

In their first game since ascending to the #1 ranking, the Hawkeyes survived a wild, back and forth thriller. The teams combined for well over 1,000 yards of total offense. Chuck Long (30-39, 380 yards, 4 TD) scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard bootleg with 27 seconds remaining.

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Wisconsin[edit]

#1 Hawkeyes at Badgers
1 234Total
Iowa 3 7310 23
Wisconsin 0 0103 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–34–2 1984 T 10–10

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Michigan[edit]

#2 Wolverines at #1 Hawkeyes
1 234Total
Michigan 0 703 10
Iowa 0 606 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–27–3 1984 W 26–0

The #1 Hawkeyes dominated the game statistically — holding major advantages in total yards (422-182), offensive plays (84-41), and time of possession (38:05-21:55) — but could not find the end zone. Rob Houghtlin kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired to lift the top-ranked Hawkeyes to victory over the #2 Wolverines.

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Northwestern[edit]

#1 Hawkeyes at Wildcats
1 234Total
Iowa 7 21714 49
Northwestern 3 007 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–14–3 1984 W 31–3

On a windy day in Evanston, Chuck Long went 19-26 for 399 yards and a Big Ten record-tying 6 TDs. Bill Happel hauled in three touchdowns, finishing with 117 yards on 5 receptions.

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Ohio State[edit]

#1 Hawkeyes at #8 Buckeyes
1 234Total
Iowa 0 706 13
Ohio State 5 1007 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–29–2 1984 L 26–45

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Illinois[edit]

Illinois at #6 Iowa
1 234Total
Fighting Illini 0 000 0
Hawkeyes 35 14010 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–30–2 1984 W 21–16

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Purdue[edit]

#5 Iowa at Purdue
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 1703 27
Boilermakers 7 1007 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–40–2 1984 W 40–3

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Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at #3 Iowa
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 3 006 9
Hawkeyes 7 1077 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–52–2 1984 L 17–23

In the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa beat the Golden Gophers in Lou Holtz's last game as Minnesota's head coach. Chuck Long, in his final game at Kinnick Stadium, became the first player in Big Ten history to eclipse 10,000 career passing yards.

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Rose Bowl[edit]

#13 UCLA vs. #4 Iowa
1 234Total
Bruins 10 14714 45
Hawkeyes 7 3711 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–5 1981 W 20–7

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players in the 1986 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Chuck Long Quarterback 1 12 Detroit Lions
Ronnie Harmon Running back 1 16 Buffalo Bills
Mike Haight Tackle 1 22 New York Jets
Devon Mitchell Defensive back 4 92 Detroit Lions
Larry Station Linebacker 11 287 Pittsburgh Steelers

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Future head coaches[edit]

Name 1985 Position School Tenure
Barry Alvarez Linebackers Coach Wisconsin Badgers football 1990–2005
Bill Snyder Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach Kansas State Wildcats football 1989–2005, 2009–present
Bob Stoops Volunteer Coach Oklahoma Sooners football 1999–2016
Chuck Long Quarterback San Diego State Aztecs football 2006–2008
Dan McCarney Defensive Line Coach Iowa State Cyclones football 1995–2006
Jay Norvell Defensive back Nevada Wolf Pack football 2017–present
Kirk Ferentz Offensive line coach Iowa Hawkeyes football 1999–present
Mark Stoops Defensive back Kentucky Wildcats football 2013–present

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