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12/31/1997 (1997-1998)
Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium [El Paso, Texas]

Iowa  vs  #16  Arizona State  Arizona State Iowa Hawkeyes Football vs #16 Arizona State on 12/31/1997 -

L     7 - 17 

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Head Coach: Hayden Fry
Attendance: 49,104
Kickoff Temp: 53° F
Start Time: 2:15 pm CST


An incredible defensive effort by Arizona State picked apart Iowa's ninth ranked offense. The Sun Devils dominated the running game, rushing for 268 net yards, while Iowa barely broke ground with only 19 total rushing yards. The Sun Devil defensive line also compiled six sacks for a total loss of 39 yards.

The powerful Iowa offense managed just one score, a 26-yard touchdown pass with only 49 seconds remaining in the game, when Randy Reiners found Ricchard Carter. The Sun Devil defense stopped the Hawkeyes on fourth down attempts on three consecutive series in the second half, including two times when the chains came out for measurement. RB Tavian Banks sparked the offense unit on Iowa's second possession, but ASU held the nation's fourth-best rusher to only 52 yards in the game. The Sun Devils recovered an Iowa fumble late in the first half and added a field goal for a 10-0 halftime advantage, after missing a short FG earlier in the game. QB Matt Sherman started the game in his return from a severe thumb injury, but struggled against the ASU defense, and rotated in with Reiners throughout the game. Jason Baker averaged 49 yards per punt with a long of 76 yards.

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StatisticsIowaArizona State
Rushing 1st Downs214
Passing 1st Downs63
Penalty 1st Downs21
Total First Downs1018
Rushing Attempts3061
Rushing Yards19268
Rushing TDs01
Yards per Rush0.64.4
Passes Completed125
Passes Attempts2711
Pass Completion %44.4%45.5%
Passing TDs11
Passing Yards190109
Passing Yards per Completion15.821.8
Passing Yards per Attempt7.09.9
Total Plays5772
% of Rushing Plays52.6%84.7%
% of Passing Plays47.4%15.3%
Total Offense209377
Yards per Play3.75.2
Lost Fumbles10
Penalty Yards4490
Yards per Penalty6.38.2
Possession Time24:3135:29

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