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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  

Rose Bowl

L     28 - 45 

Total Wins

Total Losses

Total Ties

Win %





The Two-Edged Sword (
Donald Tucker)

Two Decades and Counting: The Streak, The Wins, The Hawkeyes: Thru the Eyes of Roy Marble (
Roy Marble)

Foul: The Connie Hawkins Story (
Connie Hawkins)

No Excuses: The Making of a Head Coach (
Bob Stoops)

Ronnie #12 (
Ronnie Lester)


Note: List may be incomplete, please contact us with additional information

Bill Happel

Bill Happel (WR)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Washington]

Bob Schmitt

Bob Schmitt (OL)

Waterloo, Iowa [Columbus]

Chris Gambol

Chris Gambol (TE, OL)

Oxford, Michigan [High]

Chuck Hartlieb

Chuck Hartlieb

Woodstock, Illinois [Marian Central Catholic]

Chuck Long

Chuck Long (QB)

Wheaton, Illinois [North]

Craig Clark

Craig Clark (TE)

Columbus Junction, Iowa [High]

Dave Alexander

Dave Alexander (OL/DL)

Sterling, Illinois [High]

Dave Croston

Dave Croston

Sioux City, Iowa [East]

Dave Haight

Dave Haight

Dyersville, Iowa [Beckman]

David Hudson

David Hudson (RB)

Waxahachie, Texas [High]

Deven Harberts

Deven Harberts (WR)

Walnut, Iowa [High]

Devon Mitchell

Devon Mitchell

Brooklyn, New York [Tilden]

Doug Burrell

Doug Burrell

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Washington]

Fred Bush

Fred Bush (FB)

Manasquan, New Jersey [High]

Gary Kostrubala

Gary Kostrubala (P)

Oak Lawn, Illinois [Marist]

Grant Goodman

Grant Goodman (RB)

West Des Moines, Iowa [???]

Greg Divis

Greg Divis (OL)

Saint Louis, Missouri [???]

Hap Peterson

Hap Peterson (DL)

Bettendorf, Iowa [High]

J.J. Puk

J.J. Puk (LB)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Washington]

Jay Norvell

Jay Norvell

Madison, Wisconsin [Memorial]

Jeff Croston

Jeff Croston (OL)

Sioux City, Iowa [East]

Jeff Drost

Jeff Drost (DL)

Indianola, Iowa [High]

Jim Mauro

Jim Mauro (WR)

West Des Moines, Iowa [Dowling]

Jim Poynton

Jim Poynton (OL)

Chicago Heights, Illinois [Marian Central Catholic]

Jim Reilly

Jim Reilly (LB)

Dubuque, Iowa [Wahlert]

Joe Mott

Joe Mott

Endicott, New York [Union]

Joe Schuster

Joe Schuster

Faribault, Minnesota [High]

John Marchese

John Marchese (RB)

Arlington Heights, Illinois [High]

Jon Vrieze

Jon Vrieze (DL)

Forest City, Iowa [High]

Kelly O'Brien

Kelly O'Brien (TE)

Sterling, Illinois [High]

Kerry Burt

Kerry Burt (DB)

Waterloo, Iowa [West]

Kevin Harmon

Kevin Harmon (RB)

New York City, New York [Bayside]

Kyle Crowe

Kyle Crowe (DB)

Ankeny, Iowa [High]

Malcolm Christie

Malcolm Christie

Jersey City, New Jersey [Dickinson]

Marc Mazzeri

Marc Mazzeri (WR)

Park Ridge, Illinois [High]

Mark Stoops

Mark Stoops (DB)

Youngstown, Ohio [Cardinal Mooney]

Mark Vlasic

Mark Vlasic

Rochester, Pennsylvania [Center]

Marshall Cotton

Marshall Cotton (RB)

Davenport, Iowa [Central]

Marv Cook

Marv Cook

West Branch, Iowa [High]

Mike Bolan

Mike Bolan (DB)

Glencoe, Illinois [New Trier]

Mike Burke

Mike Burke (DE)

Davenport, Iowa [Central]

Mike Flagg

Mike Flagg (TE)

Cedar Falls, Iowa [High]

Mike Haight

Mike Haight

Manchester, Iowa [Beckman]

Nate Creer

Nate Creer (DB)

Brooklyn, New York [Tilden]

Pat Coppinger

Pat Coppinger (WR)

Kansas City, Missouri [Rockhurst]

Quinn Early

Quinn Early (WR)

West Hempstead, New York [Great Neck South]

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless (RB)

Hugo, Minnesota [Forest Lake]

Rob Houghtlin

Rob Houghtlin

Winnetka, Illinois [New Trier]

Ronnie Harmon

Ronnie Harmon (RB, WR)

New York City, New York [Bayside]

Scott Helverson

Scott Helverson

Des Moines, Iowa [East]

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas (DL)

Denver, Colorado [High]

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson (DL)

Webster City, Iowa [High]

Tim Sennott

Tim Sennott

Northfield, Illinois [New Trier West]

Willie Bishop

Willie Bishop (DB)

West Chicago, Illinois [Community #94]


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