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 Alexander, DaveDave Alexander Jr
OL 75 Angel, KevinKevin Angel Sr
FB 23 Bass, RichardRichard Bass Fr
RB 13 Bayless, RickRick Bayless So
OL 69 Bennett, MikeMike Bennett Sr
FB 35 Bush, FredFred Bush Sr
OL 78 Christie, MalcolmMalcolm Christie So
TE 49 Clark, CraigCraig Clark So
TE 84 Cook, MarvMarv Cook Fr
WR 82 Coppinger, PatPat Coppinger Jr
FB 25 Cotton, MarshallMarshall Cotton So
OT 61 Croston, DaveDave Croston Jr
OL 63 Croston, JeffJeff Croston Fr
OL 58 Divis, GregGreg Divis So
WR 1 Early, QuinnQuinn Early So
TE 86 Flagg, MikeMike Flagg So
OL 74 Gambol, ChrisChris Gambol Jr
RB 22 Goodman, GrantGrant Goodman Fr
WR 80 Green, SteveSteve Green So
OT 79 Haight, MikeMike Haight (C) Sr
WR 40 Happel, BillBill Happel Sr
RB 28 Harmon, KevinKevin Harmon So
RB 31 Harmon, RonnieRonnie Harmon (C) Sr
QB 8 Hartlieb, ChuckChuck Hartlieb Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 87 Helverson, ScottScott Helverson Sr
QB 15 Hess, JayJay Hess Jr
FB 20 Hudson, DavidDavid Hudson Fr
OG 65 Humphrey, TomTom Humphrey Sr
OG 70 Kratch, BobBob Kratch Fr
QB 16 Long, ChuckChuck Long (C) Sr
WR 81 Loveless, DerriusDerrius Loveless So
RB Marchese, JohnJohn Marchese Sr
WR 26 Marciano, PeterPeter Marciano Fr
WR 47 Mauro, JimJim Mauro So
TE 89 Murphy, DaveDave Murphy Jr
OL 66 O'Brien, KellyKelly O'Brien Sr
TE 85 Palmer, JohnJohn Palmer Fr
QB 14 Poholsky, TomTom Poholsky Fr
OL 67 Poynton, JimJim Poynton Fr
RB 33 Ringer, KevinKevin Ringer Fr
FB 30 Rudolph, JohnJohn Rudolph Jr
OL 60 Schmitt, BobBob Schmitt So
FB 17 Sennott, TimTim Sennott Sr
C 56 Sindlinger, MarkMark Sindlinger Jr
WR 2 Smith, RobertRobert Smith Jr
OL 53 Spranger, MarkMark Spranger Jr
QB 12 Vlasic, MarkMark Vlasic Jr
OL 71 Waggoner, ChuckChuck Waggoner Fr
TE 88 Ward, TomTom Ward So
OL 73 Wester, HerbHerb Wester So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 68 Anderson, TimTim Anderson So
LB 93 Batterson, TimTim Batterson So
DE 92 Beard, JeffJeff Beard So
DE 48 Berrie, TyroneTyrone Berrie Fr
LB 43 Blake, JeffJeff Blake So
DB 19 Bolan, MikeMike Bolan Jr
DE 5 Burke, MikeMike Burke So
DE 90 Burrell, DougDoug Burrell Sr
DB 3 Burt, KerryKerry Burt So
CB 29 Creer, NateNate Creer Sr
DB 18 Crowe, KyleKyle Crowe Sr
LB 37 Davis, GeorgeGeorge Davis Jr
DL 76 Drost, JeffJeff Drost Jr
DE 83 Ertz, MikeMike Ertz Fr
DE 94 Gear, BruceBruce Gear Jr
DE 96 Grafton, RobertRobert Grafton Jr
DL 64 Haight, DaveDave Haight Fr
DL 54 Higgins, EricEric Higgins Fr
DB 42 Hook, TorkTork Hook Fr
DB 19 Jackson, CarlCarl Jackson So
DL 77 Keppy, MyronMyron Keppy Jr
DB 4 Kimber, LloydLloyd Kimber Jr
LB 34 Little, VernonVernon Little Fr
DE 98 Millett, GeorgeGeorge Millett Sr
DB 21 Mitchell, DevonDevon Mitchell Sr
DE 97 Mott, JoeJoe Mott Fr
DB 45 Norvell, JayJay Norvell Sr
DL 50 Peterson, HapHap Peterson (C) Sr
DE 71 Pigott, ChrisChris Pigott Fr
DE 99 Pryor, RichardRichard Pryor Jr
LB 32 Puk, J.J.J.J. Puk Jr
LB 95 Reilly, JimJim Reilly Fr
LB 38 Respress, ShawonShawon Respress Fr
DE 91 Ridley, SeanSean Ridley Fr
DB 11 Schmidt, RickRick Schmidt Jr
DL 72 Schuster, JoeJoe Schuster Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 44 Smiley, KeatonKeaton Smiley So
DB 9 Sims, KenKen Sims Jr
LB 36 Station, LarryLarry Station (C) Sr
DB 41 Stoops, MarkMark Stoops Fr
LB 39 Taylor, TyroneTyrone Taylor So
DL 95 Underberg, EricEric Underberg Jr
DL 57 Vrieze, JonJon Vrieze Jr
DL 51 Weires, BillBill Weires Sr
LB 46 Wirth, DanDan Wirth So
DB 10 Wright, AnthonyAnthony Wright Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 84 Cook, MarvMarv Cook Fr
K 6 Murphy, GeorgeGeorge Murphy Fr
K 7 Houghtlin, RobRob Houghtlin So
P 27 Kostrubala, GaryGary 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 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 0 14 37 7 58

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Northern Illinois[edit]

Northern Illinois at #4 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 7 6 7 20
Hawkeyes 14 10 14 10 48

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Iowa State[edit]

#3 Iowa at Iowa State
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 34 16 0 57
Cyclones 0 0 0 3 3

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 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 0 10 14 7 31
Iowa 7 6 15 7 35

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 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 3 7 3 10 23
Wisconsin 0 0 10 3 13

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Michigan[edit]

#2 Wolverines at #1 Hawkeyes
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 7 0 3 10
Iowa 0 6 0 6 12

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 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 7 21 7 14 49
Northwestern 3 0 0 7 10

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 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 7 0 6 13
Ohio State 5 10 0 7 22

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Illinois[edit]

Illinois at #6 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 0 0
Hawkeyes 35 14 0 10 59

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Purdue[edit]

#5 Iowa at Purdue
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 7 17 0 3 27
Boilermakers 7 10 0 7 24

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Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at #3 Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 3 0 0 6 9
Hawkeyes 7 10 7 7 31

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 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 10 14 7 14 45
Hawkeyes 7 3 7 11 28

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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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