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10/26/1996 (1996-1997)
Kinnick Stadium [Iowa City, Iowa]

#20 Iowa  vs  #2 Ohio State  Ohio State #20 Iowa Hawkeyes Football vs #2 Ohio State on 10/26/1996 -

L    26 - 38 

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Head Coach: Hayden Fry
Attendance: 70,397
Kickoff Temp: 70° F
Start Time: 2:35 PM CST


Expectations were high with College Game Day in attendance, but the Hawks got down quickly 31-6 at halftime and 38-6 early in the 3rd quarter due to 3 interceptions, one fumble, and one blocked punt for a TD. Later in the 3rd quarter, they finally got into the end zone on a 19-yard reverse run by Tim Dwight. That propelled a series of exciting punt returns from Dwight, including a 86-yard TD, and he nearly duplicated the feat on the next punt return as he single-handedly tried to get the Hawkeyes back in the game. He had 199 all-purpose yards, but the 20 point second half wasn't enough. Dwight's 1996 return yardage of 394 broke Nile Kinnick's school record of 322, set in 1937. On defense, Damien Robinson paced the Hawkeyes with eight tackles.

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Hayden Fry He's like Superman. He's all heart and he's the greatest competitor I've had in 45 years of coaching. The greatest run was probably the punt return he didn't score on. It was unbelievable - jerking loose, side-stepping people, stiff-arming and jumping over people.
-- Hayden Fry


StatisticsIowaOhio State
Rushing 1st Downs612
Passing 1st Downs112
Penalty 1st Downs22
Total First Downs1916
Rushing Attempts3548
Rushing Yards104252
Rushing TDs22
Yards per Rush3.05.3
Passes Completed188
Passes Attempts3821
Pass Completion %47.4%38.1%
Passing TDs00
Passing Yards19291
Passing Yards per Completion10.711.4
Passing Yards per Attempt5.14.3
Total Plays7369
% of Rushing Plays47.9%69.6%
% of Passing Plays52.1%30.4%
Total Offense296343
Yards per Play4.15.0
Lost Fumbles11
Penalty Yards4935
Yards per Penalty8.28.8
Possession Time30:1829:42

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