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Taking over a Hawkeye team that finished the 1998 season last in the Big Ten in rushing and total offense, Kirk Ferentz faced a tough schedule, including a home opener against longtime powerhouse Nebraska, along with road games at Iowa State, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. At season's end, the Hawks had tallied only one win, a 24-0 victory over Northern Illinois.

Recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Hawkeye quarterback coach and Iowa legend Chuck Long left the Iowa coaching team to join Bobby Stoops' coaching staff at the University of Oklahoma.

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In the first year of the Bowl Championship Series, forged by the Big Ten, Pac-10, Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big East, and Big 12 conferences—plus Notre Dame—Iowa fans didn't have to worry about the complicated math necessary to determine a national football champion. Ending the season with three wins and seven losses, the Hawkeyes and their followers would have to stay home over the holidays.

The season nonetheless had its share of drama, when longtime Hawkeye head coach Hayden Fry announced his retirement.

December 3

Ten days after Fry's announcement, Iowa officials introduced Kirk Ferentz, a former Hawkeye assistant to Fry, as Iowa's new head football coach. Then an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, Ferentz heard the "Iowa Fight Song" blaring over the intercom at the press conference and said, "It's great to hear that song again. I can't tell you what a thrill it is to be back."

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September 13

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1997 Iowa Football Squad

Senior running back Tavian Banks broke a 29-year-old school record during Iowa's 54-16 victory over Tulsa. Banks rushed for 314 yards to top Iowa's all-time single-game rushing list, surpassing former Kansas City Chief Ed Podolak, 69BBA, who recorded 286 yards in Iowa's 1986 victory over Northwestern. Play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin remembers that it was radio analyst Podolak, up in the broadcast booth, who was the first to give Banks a standing ovation.

October 18

If only the second half could have been like the first, when Tim Dwight returned a punt 61 yards for a score on the final play, and the Hawks jumped to a 21-7 lead. But Michigan quarterback Brian Griese turned things around after halftime and defeated Iowa before 106,505 fans in Michigan Stadium. Final score: Michigan 28, Iowa 24.

November 1

After Purdue became the first team of the season to score against Iowa in the opening quarter, the Hawks bounced back for a convincing 37-17 victory.

November 22

Playing his last game at home against Minnesota, Tim Dwight finished the day with four receptions for 29 yards and an Iowa record 2,220 career receiving yards. In his final punt return, he electrified the crowd by avoiding several would-be tacklers on the way to a 44-yard touchdown. Dwight set a Big Ten record of five career punt return touchdowns and became the conference leader in career punt return yards with 1,086. The Hawks won the game, 31-0.

December 31

When the Arizona State Sun Devils squelched the Hawks' ninth-ranked offense, Iowa's second trip to the Sun Bowl wasn't as much fun as the first. Final score, 17-7, with Arizona State on top.

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October 19

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University of Iowa Athletics
1996 Iowa Football Squad

Playing in Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley, the Hawks watched the Nittany Lions return the opening kickoff the length of the field for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. It wasn't only the rain that made things look pretty bleak for the Iowa team, but then Hawkeye junior Tim Dwight turned on the afterburners for an 83-yard punt return to tie the score. With Sedrick Shaw nursing injuries, junior Tavian Banks rushed for 116 yards in 26 attempts and the winning touchdown. The victory was Iowa's first over a top ten ranked team since a 54-28 win over the fifth-ranked Fighting Illini in 1990.

November 16

It didn't matter that the Badgers averaged 27 points and 222 yards rushing per game when Wisconsin came into Kinnick Stadium. Iowa's defense was awesome. At halftime, Wisconsin had only two first downs and 35 total yards rushing. Playing his final game in Kinnick Stadium, Sedrick Shaw celebrated his birthday by scoring on three touchdown runs and tying Ronnie Harmon's career touchdown record of 32. Iowa won the game, 31-0.

December 29

The Hawkeyes were back in Texas for another Alamo Bowl, this one to be fought against the Texas Tech Red Raiders and their fine rushing attack. But, for some reason, Texas abandoned its running game in favor of the pass and laid a great big goose egg in the end zone. Final score: Iowa, 27; Texas Tech, zip.

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September 30

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1995 Iowa Football Squad

In its first contest with the New Mexico State Aggies, the Hawks scored early and often, putting 42 points on the board in the first half to the opposition's 0. Iowa's offense was unstoppable before halftime, scoring every time it touched the ball. Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, and Rodney Filer all ran for first-half touchdowns, and quarterback Matt Sherman threw for three scores. Tim Dwight was on the receiving end of two scoring aerials. Second-half scoring was more balanced, leading to a final score of 59-21.

Iowa's five-game winning streak to begin the season turned ugly with four losses to Big Ten opponents midseason, but the Hawks came back to beat Wisconsin and Minnesota in November.

December 29

Longtime sports information director George Wine says no game has ever been better choreographed to take advantage of Hayden Fry's coaching skills than the 1995 Sun Bowl. Finishing sixth in the Big Ten, Iowa was picked to go up against the Pac-10 co-champion Washington Huskies, and Hayden didn't let anyone forget it. "We're only a five-point underdog?" he asked. "Lawdy, lawdy, 20 to 25 points seems more like it to me!"

By game time, only two of 16 reporters covering the game thought Iowa would win. As Wine remembers it, "Hayden made a point to mention the survey results in his pre-game talk to his team. Just another example of the lack of respect Iowa was getting."

Well, the boys fought back, proving their mettle against the Pac-10 favorite with a 38-18 win in the mountains of El Paso. The psychologist in Coach Fry had prevailed.

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Quarterback injuries plagued the Hawks throughout the 1994 season.

October 8

Starting QB Ryan Driscoll suffered a broken collarbone in the second quarter against Indiana and was lost for the season. Iowa lost the game, too, 27-20.

October 15

At Illinois, third-team QB Mike Duprey started for the Hawkeyes as Ryan Driscoll and Matt Sherman were both injured. Duprey left the game in the second half with an injury and Corby Smith suffered a sprained ankle, leaving Jefferson Bates as Iowa's only QB. Illinois clobbered Iowa, 47-7.

October 29

Things began looking up in the QB department, when redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Sherman sparked the Hawks to rally from a 13-0 deficit by scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Boilermakers missed a potential game-winning field goal in the final minute to leave the game tied, 21-21.

November 19

Have you heard of Arena Football? Lots of passing and pizzazz—even fireworks. Well, that's what it looked like when Iowa and Minnesota combined for 1,000 total yards and 13 touchdowns in a game that ended with the Hawkeyes on top, 49-42. It was Matt Sherman's first career start. Hometown phenom and Hawkeye wide receiver Tim Dwight might have made one of the most surprising plays during the game, when he flipped a pass to quarterback Sherman for the touchdown. Offense is exciting, and this time it won the game.

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1993 Iowa Football Squad

In January, the UI Board in Control of Athletics voted unanimously to ban smoking in all areas of Kinnick Stadium, including the restrooms, concourses, and the press box.

On the field that fall, it was a tale of two seasons. The Hawks lost five straight conference games, falling to Penn State, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan State, before getting their act together. The worm turned on October 30 at home, when Iowa snapped its longest losing streak since 1978 to beat Purdue, 27-16.

Iowa ended the regular season with four straight wins, over Purdue, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, and Minnesota. Iowa's 21-3 win over Minnesota in the season finale not only assured an invitation to the Alamo Bowl, but was also win No. 200 in the coaching career of Hayden Fry.

December 31

In San Antonio's inaugural Alama Bowl, Iowa suffered a disappointing 37-3 loss to Cal-Berkeley's Golden Bears.

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Iowa hosted No. 1 Miami in the first night game ever played in Kinnick Stadium. The university had installed collapsible goalposts in the stadium to prevent injuries and save money, but they weren't in danger that opening night, when the Hurricanes blew past the Hawks, 24-7.

The Hawks finished the season with a 5-7 overall record, just missing a berth in the 1992 Copper Bowl in Tucson.

Despite a less than stellar season, senior center Mike Devlin received several postseason accolades. The only Big Ten player to be named a Kodak first team all-American by the American College Football Coaches Association, Devlin was named first team all-Big Ten and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year by conference coaches.

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January 1

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1991 Iowa Football Squad

The team that felt it couldn't get any respect all year long finally won some in Pasadena. Yes, the Hawkeyes lost the game 46-34 to the Washington Huskies. Yes, they played a dismal first half, stumbling as Washington effectively snuffed out every exotic that Coach Hayden Fry tried. Yes, the Hawks departed the field at halftime looking at a scoreboard that said 33-7.

But the second half was different. Early in the third quarter, quarterback Matt Rodgers threw a lateral to tight end Michael Titley, who tossed the ball 53 yards to Jon Filloon, leading to a 7-yard touchdown run by Rodgers.

The Hawkeyes played hot potato football on another occasion, too, when Rodgers handed the ball to [Nick] Bell, who handed it to wide receiver Danan Hughes, who hurled it 66 yards downfield and back to Bell. That series ended with another Rodger s touchdown, this one on a 9-yard run.

Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jim Murray, a longtime mocker of anything coming out of the Midwest, turned eloquent when he wrote about the Hawkeyes rolling up 375 yards and 27 points in the second half of play.

He called Bell "mastodonic." He noted that Iowa, a team with one foot in its grave at halftime, "came off the deathbed snarling and spitting."

"It wasn't your textbook game," Iowa's old nemesis wrote. "...It was football as it's supposed to be, not the roboticized, sterile, mistake-free stuff we've become accustomed to. This wasn't a take-no-chances game. This was a take-no-prisoners game."

In the 77th Rose Bowl game played, the Hawkeyes made mistakes aplenty—a blocked punt and five turnovers made a complete recovery for the win possible. But it was exciting football.

By game's end, running back Tony Stewart had accumulated enough yards to surpass Owen Gill as Iowa's all-time leading rusher. Together, the Huskies and the Hawkeyes racked up more points than any two foes had ever managed in the "Granddaddy of Them All."

It was a great, gutsy show. No one left the stadium early.

September 7

At home against the Hawaii Rainbows, the Hawks scored 14 points in the opening three minutes on their way to a 53-10 victory.

September 14

Starting fast again at Ames a week later, Iowa scored on its first three drives. Though the Cyclones looked better as the game went on, Iowa's 29-10 victory was convincing.

October 19

Iowa's 80th Homecoming game was a nail-biter. After the Illini scored on three of their first four possessions, the Iowa defense had its work to do. In the second half, the defense held Illinois to 80 yards and sacked their quarterback six times. The Hawkeyes danced the hokey-pokey after this 24-21 victory—and the fans tore down both goalposts.

November 2

Less than 24 hours after learning of a shooting rampage on the UI campus that left six dead and one critically wounded, the Hawks swarmed into Ohio Stadium with their helmets stripped of decals. Offensively, quarterback Matt Rodgers completed 20 of 27 passes for 258 yards before he was sidelined with a knee injury. On the defensive side, Iowa held the Buckeyes to 124 yards rushing. Defensive end Leroy Smith totaled 14 tackles, including five quarterback sacks—a new Iowa record. With the eyes of the world on them, Iowa won the game, 16-9.

November 23

A foot of snow fell the night before Iowa welcomed the Minnesota Gophers into Kinnick Stadium, where 32,000 faithful defied the wintry weather and shivered in their thinsulate. Despite wretched conditions on the field, Hawkeye quarterback Matt Rodgers managed to throw for 390 yards and three touchdowns in the 23-8 victory that gave Iowa ten wins and another trip to the Holiday Bowl. Danan Hughes celebrated after making one of those touchdown receptions by making a snow angel in the south end zone. Not only did the Hawkeyes retrieve Floyd of Rosedale, but Hayden Fry marked his 100th victory at Iowa.

The Hawkeyes amassed ten wins for only the third time in Iowa football history and Coach Fry was smiling pretty after two years of dental work at the UI College of Dentistry. "I don't know if I've ever made a more beneficial decision in my life," said Fry, who had become accustomed to the chipped and missing teeth he earned from early sports injuries. "They saved my teeth."

1991 Holiday Bowl

Facing Brigham Young in San Diego for its second bowl game of the calendar year, Iowa put 13 points on the scoreboard before BYU quarterback and 1990 Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer rallied the Cougars. The final score was a disappointment for everyone: 13-13, all tied up.

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1990 Iowa Football Squad

Penn State joined the Big Ten, giving the conference 11 members.

October 6

Iowa upperclassmen showed their teammates how to shake it all about in East Lansing, when they danced the Hokey Pokey for the first time since 1987. The underdog Hawkeye defense dug in and refused to budge, holding MSU scoreless for the first 55 minutes of play. Jeff Skillett's two field goals gave Iowa the winning margin, 12-7.

October 20

The Hawkeyes shocked the college football world and silenced more than 105,000 screaming Wolverine fans when they marched 85 yards into the end zone during the final minutes of Michigan's homecoming game for a 24-23 victory. Matt Rodgers led the attack. Again, the Hawkeyes danced their victory jig in the locker room to celebrate an incredible win. Noting that his 1990 Hawkeyes were the first team in Iowa history to sweep the state of Michigan in one season, Fry was ecstatic. "Whooooo-ee!" he whooped. "I'm happier than if we won the Big Ten championship or a big bowl game."

November 3

Iowa traveled to enemy territory when it headed for Champaign-Urbana in the wake of a basketball recruitment story that created bad blood between the conference foes. Ranked fifth in the nation, Illinois reportedly had the country's third-best defense. Iowa, on the other hand, enjoyed an explosive offense. The game could have gone either way, but it was Nick Bell's finest hour. With 130 yards rushing and three touchdowns, he led Iowa to chalk up 28 points in the first quarter. Iowa won the game, 56-14.

Fellow league coaches voted Hayden Fry the 1990 Big Ten Coach of the Year, an honor he'd also received in 1981.