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1985-1986 Iowa Football Year in Review

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Big Ten ChampionsBig Ten Champions

Summary: After the 1984 season, 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. 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.

Conference: Big Ten

Head Coach: Hayden Fry

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Opponent / Score


Full Game


#5 Iowa  vs  Drake  

W     58 - 0

Northern Illinois

#4 Iowa  vs  Northern Illinois  

W     48 - 20

Iowa State

#3 Iowa  @  Iowa State  

W     57 - 3  

Michigan State

#1 Iowa  vs  Michigan State  

W     35 - 31  


#1 Iowa  @  Wisconsin  

W     23 - 13


#1 Iowa  vs  #2 Michigan  

W     12 - 10  


#1 Iowa  @  Northwestern  

W     49 - 10

Ohio State

#1 Iowa  @  #8 Ohio State  

L     13 - 22  


#6 Iowa  vs  Illinois  

W     59 - 0  


#5 Iowa  @  Purdue  

W     27 - 24  


#4 Iowa  vs  Minnesota  

W     31 - 9  


#4 Iowa  vs  #13 UCLA  

L     28 - 45  

Total Wins

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Total Ties

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Dave Alexander

Dave Alexander (OL/DL)

Sterling, Illinois [High]

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson (DL)

Webster City, Iowa [High]

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless (RB)

Hugo, Minnesota [Forest Lake]

Willie Bishop

Willie Bishop (DB)

West Chicago, Illinois [Community #94]

Mike Bolan

Mike Bolan (DB)

Glencoe, Illinois [New Trier]

Mike Burke

Mike Burke (DE)

Davenport, Iowa [Central]

Doug Burrell

Doug Burrell (LB)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Washington]

Kerry Burt

Kerry Burt (DB)

Waterloo, Iowa [West]

Fred Bush

Fred Bush (FB)

Manasquan, New Jersey [High]

Malcolm Christie

Malcolm Christie

Jersey City, New Jersey [Dickinson]

Craig Clark

Craig Clark (TE)

Columbus Junction, Iowa [High]

Marv Cook

Marv Cook (TE)

West Branch, Iowa [High]

Pat Coppinger

Pat Coppinger (WR)

Kansas City, Missouri [Rockhurst]

Marshall Cotton

Marshall Cotton (RB)

Davenport, Iowa [Central]

Nate Creer

Nate Creer (DB)

Brooklyn, New York [Tilden]

Dave Croston

Dave Croston

Sioux City, Iowa [East]

Jeff Croston

Jeff Croston (OL)

Sioux City, Iowa [East]

Kyle Crowe

Kyle Crowe (DB)

Ankeny, Iowa [High]

Greg Divis

Greg Divis (OL)

Saint Louis, Missouri [???]

Jeff Drost

Jeff Drost (DL)

Indianola, Iowa [High]

Quinn Early

Quinn Early (WR)

West Hempstead, New York [Great Neck South]

Mike Flagg

Mike Flagg (TE)

Cedar Falls, Iowa [High]

Chris Gambol

Chris Gambol (TE, OL)

Oxford, Michigan [High]

Grant Goodman

Grant Goodman (RB)

West Des Moines, Iowa [???]

Dave Haight

Dave Haight

Dyersville, Iowa [Beckman]

Mike Haight

Mike Haight

Manchester, Iowa [Beckman]

Bill Happel

Bill Happel (WR)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Washington]

Deven Harberts

Deven Harberts (WR)

Walnut, Iowa [High]

Kevin Harmon

Kevin Harmon (RB)

New York City, New York [Bayside]

Ronnie Harmon

Ronnie Harmon (RB, WR)

New York City, New York [Bayside]

Chuck Hartlieb

Chuck Hartlieb (QB)

Woodstock, Illinois [Marian Central Catholic]

Scott Helverson

Scott Helverson

Des Moines, Iowa [East]

Rob Houghtlin

Rob Houghtlin (K)

Winnetka, Illinois [New Trier]

David Hudson

David Hudson (RB)

Waxahachie, Texas [High]

Gary Kostrubala

Gary Kostrubala (P)

Oak Lawn, Illinois [Marist]

Chuck Long

Chuck Long (QB)

Wheaton, Illinois [North]

John Marchese

John Marchese (RB)

Arlington Heights, Illinois [High]

Jim Mauro

Jim Mauro (WR)

West Des Moines, Iowa [Dowling]

Marc Mazzeri

Marc Mazzeri (WR)

Park Ridge, Illinois [High]

Devon Mitchell

Devon Mitchell

Brooklyn, New York [Tilden]

Joe Mott

Joe Mott

Endicott, New York [Union]

Jay Norvell

Jay Norvell (DB)

Madison, Wisconsin [Memorial]

Kelly O'Brien

Kelly O'Brien (TE)

Sterling, Illinois [High]

Hap Peterson

Hap Peterson (DL)

Bettendorf, Iowa [High]

Jim Poynton

Jim Poynton (OL)

Chicago Heights, Illinois [Marian Central Catholic]

J.J. Puk

J.J. Puk (LB)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Washington]

Jim Reilly

Jim Reilly (LB)

Dubuque, Iowa [Wahlert]

Bob Schmitt

Bob Schmitt (OL)

Waterloo, Iowa [Columbus]

Joe Schuster

Joe Schuster

Faribault, Minnesota [High]

Tim Sennott

Tim Sennott

Northfield, Illinois [New Trier West]

Mark Sindlinger

Mark Sindlinger (OL)

Charles City, Iowa [High]

Keaton Smiley

Keaton Smiley (DB)

Duncanville, Texas [High]

Robert Smith

Robert Smith (WR)

Dallas, Texas [Spruce]

Larry Station

Larry Station (LB)

Omaha, Nebraska [Central]

Mark Stoops

Mark Stoops (DB)

Youngstown, Ohio [Cardinal Mooney]

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas (DL)

Denver, Colorado [High]

Mark Vlasic

Mark Vlasic

Rochester, Pennsylvania [Center]

Jon Vrieze

Jon Vrieze (DL)

Forest City, Iowa [High]


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