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January 1

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2009 Iowa Football Squad

In the 2009 Outback Bowl, Iowa took a 21-0 halftime lead by taking advantage of South Carolina's turnovers. The Hawks won 31-10 against the Gamecocks at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. Running back Shonn Greene was named most valuable player of the game and finished the season with a school record of 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns. After the game, the Doak Walker Award winner announced he was skipping his senior year at Iowa to enter the NFL Draft.

September 5

Almost losing against the University of Northern Iowa in the season's first game, Iowa blocked two field goal kicks in the last few seconds. The Hawkeyes squeaked by the Panthers in a 17-16 win.

September 26

Down by ten points after the first quarter, the Hawks struggled in the Penn State game. Junior defensive end Adrian Clayborn blocked a punt and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, giving the Hawkeyes momentum towards a 21-10 win against No. 5 Penn State.

October 24

In a heart-stopping game against Michigan State, Iowa took possession with only 1:32 left on the clock. After three incomplete passes—with just two seconds remaining in the game—junior quarterback Ricky Stanzi threw a pass to sophomore wide receiver Marvin McNutt for a touchdown that ended the 15-13 nail-biter.

November 7

Stanzi was sacked in Iowa's end zone during the second quarter of the Northwestern game, suffering a severe ankle sprain. With a perfect record on the line, the Hawkeyes' fate rested in the hands of redshirt freshman quarterback James Vandenberg. The Wildcats handed the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season, 10-17.

November 14

Hawkeye fans could almost smell the roses as Iowa bounced back late in the fourth quarter from a 14-point deficit against Ohio State. With the score tied at 24-24, the ball at Iowa's 33-yardline, and 52 seconds left on the clock, Ferentz sent the game into overtime. Unfortunately, an Ohio State field goal sent the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl and the Hawkeyes to a 24-27 defeat.

November 21

Vandenberg earned his first victory as a starting quarterback when Iowa shut out Minnesota for the second straight year, 12-0. Coach Kirk Ferentz was honored as the Big Ten's Coach of the Year for the third time in his 11 years at Iowa, seven Hawkeyes were named either to the coaches or media all-Big Ten first teams, and junior offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga was voted the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

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September 13

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2008 Iowa Football Squad

For the fourth time in six years, the Hawkeyes took home the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Iowa kept Iowa State out of the end zone for the tenth-straight quarter in the series to claim a 17-5 victory.

September 20

Both Jake Christensen and Ricky Stanzi saw time on the field during the Hawkeyes' 20-21 loss at Pittsburgh. Iowa running back Shonn Greene made an impressive showing with 147 yards on 23 carries, two catches, and one touchdown.

September 27

Iowa fumbled a 14-point halftime lead against Northwestern for a 17-22 loss at Kinnick Stadium.

October 4

The Hawkeyes fell 13-16 to Michigan State. Though Iowa slipped to a 3-3 record, the team was only nine points away from a 6-0 start.

November 8

A 31-yard field goal by Daniel Murray lifts Iowa to a 24-23 win against No. 3 Penn State.

November 22

Iowa dominated Minnesota, 55-0, in the first Hawkeye shutout of a Big Ten opponent during Coach Kirk Ferentz's career.

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September 1

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2007 Iowa Football Squad

Iowa fans dominated the stands at Chicago's Soldier Field to cheer the Hawkeyes on to a 16-3 victory over Northern Illinois. Sophomore quarterback Jake Christensen opened the season with 133 yards and one touchdown.

September 8

On the road, Iowa shut out Syracuse, 35-0. Christensen threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, including three to tight end Tony Moeaki. On special teams, defensive end Kenny Iwebema blocked two field goals.

September 15

The Hawkeyes suffered a 13-15 loss to the Cyclones in Ames. With one second left in the nail-biting game, Iowa State kicked its fifth and final field goal from 28 yards for the win.

September 22

No. 9 Wisconsin managed a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Hawkeyes in Madison, 13-17.

October 27

Iowa beats Michigan State, 34-27, in double overtime.

November 17

Mid-American Conference opponent Western Michigan upset Iowa, 19-28, in a shocker at Kinnick Stadium. The loss kept the Hawkeyes off the field during bowl season.

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January 2

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2006 Iowa Football Squad

Two years after their last meeting in Tampa, the Hawkeyes faced a rematch of the Florida Gators in the Outback Bowl. Quarterback Drew Tate rallied Iowa from a 31-7 deficit in the fourth quarter with two touchdown throws to wide receiver Ed Hinkel.

Down seven points with just 1:24 left in the game, Iowa attempted an onside kick. Though tight end Scott Chandler recovered the ball, referees called linebacker Chad Greenway for being offside. Replay later showed he was onside. That controversial call ultimately ended the game for the Hawkeyes and prompted the NCAA to investigate how referees are selected for bowl games. Final score: Iowa 24, Florida 31.

September 9

Playing without star quarterback Drew Tate, the Hawkeyes managed to squeeze the Syracuse Orange in second-overtime for a 20-13 victory.

September 30

ESPN College GameDay visited Iowa City in anticipation of the showdown between No. 17 Iowa and top-ranked Ohio State. The matchup marked the first game between two Big Ten teams on primetime television, as well as the first night game in the newly remodeled Kinnick Stadium. Though Iowa fans wore gold in a solid show of support for the Hawkeyes, the evening ended with a 17-38 loss.

October 7

The Hawkeyes regrouped for a 47-17 win against Purdue. Running back Damian Sims rushed for two scores and 155 yards in his first career start, while defensive back Adam Shada broke a school record with his 98-yard interception return for a touchdown.

October 14

Behind by three points, Iowa quarterback Drew Tate threw a final pass, which was intercepted by Indiana. With 20 seconds and left in the game and no Hawkeye timeouts, the Hoosiers began celebrating their biggest upset in 20 years. Indiana won 28-31.

November 11

Iowa falls short in its upset bid against nationally ranked Wisconsin, 21-24.

December 30

Remember the Alamo? The matchup between Iowa and Texas was the most-watched game in ESPN history, attracting some 8.83 million viewers. The Hawkeyes opened the bowl game with a 77-yard drive to take an early 7-0 lead. They also led 14-10 at halftime. Both teams fought hard, but the Longhorns squeaked by the Hawkeyes for a 24-26 victory. Iowa wide receiver Andy Brodell went down in Alamo Bowl history with 159 receiving yards, while quarterback Drew Tate finished his Hawkeye career with 274 yards, two scores, and one interception.

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January 1

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2005 Iowa Football Squad

In their Capital One Bowl debut, the Hawks squandered a 24-12 lead and trailed Louisiana State with 46 seconds left in the game. A penalty pushed Iowa back to its 44-yard line, and the clock kept ticking. Down by one point with 14 seconds remaining, the Hawks needed a miracle. Quarterback Drew Tate delivered with a 56-yard pass to wide receiver Warren Holloway for a touchdown as time expired. Known as "The Catch," the toss goes down as one of the most exciting moments in Hawkeye and Capital One Bowl history. Final score: Iowa 30, LSU 25.

September 10

Turnovers cost Iowa in its 3-23 loss against Iowa State. For the first time since 1978, the Hawkeyes didn't score a touchdown against their in-state rival.

October 1

A 35-7 victory over Illinois gave Iowa its 21st consecutive win at Kinnick Stadium and set the school record for the longest home winning streak in school history.

October 22

During the first "Black Out" of Kinnick Stadium, Iowa fell to Michigan in overtime, 20-23.

November 5

The Hawkeyes suffered a painful 27-28 loss to Northwestern in the final minute of the game.

November 12

Iowa stunned No. 19 Wisconsin with a 20-10 upset on Barry Alvarez Day. The win made the Hawkeyes bowl-eligible and spoiled the Badgers' chances of a Big Ten title.

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January 1

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2004 Iowa Football Squad

With the warm sun smiling down on the first bowl game of the new year, the Hawks put a 37-17 pounding on the Florida Gators and proved once again that Iowa can claim a place among the nation's football powers.

"We made a statement," said Outland Trophy winner and offensive lineman Robert Gallery. "We wanted to show we're for real."

Showing their bite, the Gators scored first on a 70-yard touchdown pass from star quarterback Chris Leak. But the Hawks dominated the second quarter and maintained momentum in the second half. Iowa quarterback Nathan Chandler completed 13 of 25 passes for 170 yards, making the Outback Bowl his best game ever and silencing critics.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Iowa faithful erupted in joyous celebration and smiling Hawkeyes jumped into the arms of their adoring fans. Thunderous cheers exploded again as Robert Gallery waved a giant Iowa flag back and forth.

The win was Iowa's first victory in a January bowl since 1959 and gave the Hawks a 10-3 finish to follow the 2002 season's 11-2 record—consecutive double-figure wins for the first time in school history. When the final national rankings were released, Iowa placed No. 8.

September 4

The Hawkeyes celebrated the 75th anniversary of Kinnick Stadium with a throwback game, complete with retro field design, old-school uniforms, and a 39-7 victory over Kent State. Sophomore quarterback Drew Tate threw two touchdowns in his first start at Iowa.

September 11

Iowa edged Iowa State for a 17-10 win, breaking a three-game losing streak against the Cyclones at home.

October 2

The Hawks pulled off a 38-16 Homecoming victory over Michigan State, extending their winning streak inside Kinnick Stadium to 15 games. Drew Tate finished with 340 yards and one touchdown, becoming the first Iowa quarterback in four years to throw for more than 300 yards.

October 16

In Kirk Ferentz's 100th game as Iowa's head coach, the Hawks defeated the Buckeyes for the first time since 1992. Iowa beat Ohio State by 26 points, the largest margin of victory over the Buckeyes in UI history.

October 23

In a hard-fought defensive battle in Happy Valley, Iowa narrowly defeated Penn State, 6-4, with two field goals by kicker Kyle Schlicher.

November 20

The Hawks ended the regular season with a 30-7 win over No. 9 Wisconsin. Fans rushed the field to celebrate Iowa clinching its share of the Big Ten title with Michigan.

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January 2

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2003 Iowa Football Squad

For Iowa's first appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game, some 47,000 Iowa fans trekked to Miami and the Orange Bowl. The Hawks made history when senior wide receiver and kick returner C.J. Jones ran 100 yards to become the first Orange Bowl player ever to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

But, after leading 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Hawks fizzled, allowing USC quarterback and Heisman winner Carson Palmer to lead the charge that netted 28 unanswered points. Final score: USC 38, Iowa 17.

September 13

The Hawkeyes snapped their five-game losing skid to instate rival Iowa State, thanks to big plays on special teams and a strong defense. Defensive back Sean Considine blocked two punts to tie a school record, while Nate Kaeding connected on four field goals and four point-after-touchdown kicks to set a single-game record with 16 kicking points. Kaeding also passed Rob Houghtlin to become Iowa's career scoring leader with 291 points. Final score: 40-21.

September 27

Michigan State snapped Iowa's 13-game regular season winning streak and 10-game conference winning streak in East Lansing, defeating the Hawks 20-10.

October 4

The weather was perfect in Iowa City for Homecoming and the game turned out perfectly, too. The Wolverines put the first 14 points on the board, but the Hawks rallied to beat Michigan 30-27. Alumni enjoyed Iowa's fourth straight homecoming win, while statisticians noted that it was the first time since the 1984-85 seasons that the Hawks won two straight against Michigan.

October 18

With a field goal and a fake field goal that turned into a five-yard dash for the touchdown, placekicker Nate Kaeding scored all ten of Iowa's points on this day. But it wasn't enough. The Ohio State Buckeyes garnered their eighth straight victory over the Hawkeyes, winning 19-10.

November 1

In his last rushing attempt of the game, running back Fred Russell passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, becoming only the third Hawkeye to top 1,000 yards in a season more than once. Iowa beat Illinois, 41-10, at home in Kinnick Stadium.

November 8

Oops! The Hawks lost their third consecutive conference road game when Purdue racked up 27 points to Iowa's 14.

Ending the regular season with a 9-3 record, Iowa garnered an invitation to the January 1 Outback Bowl in Tampa, where they were scheduled to meet the Florida Gators.

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August 31

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2002 Iowa Football Squad

Starting the 2002 season with a bang, the Hawks scored a school-record 37 points in the first quarter, going on to beat Akron 57-21. It was senior quarterback Brad Banks' first start for Iowa.

September 14

Ouch! The Hawks lost their fifth straight contest to Iowa State, 36-31.

September 21

Iowa chalked up its largest margin of victory for the season with a 48-7 win over the Utah State Aggies in Kinnick Stadium.

September 28

Despite allowing a 35-13 fourth quarter lead to slip away, Iowa rallied in overtime in Happy Valley to defeat 12th-ranked Penn State, 42-35.

October 26

It was Homecoming in Ann Arbor, but the only people partying were Hawkeyes after Iowa handed the 8th-ranked Wolverines their worst home loss since 1967. Winning its first game over Michigan since 1990, the Hawks trounced Big Blue 34-9.

November 2

Iowa rolled on and rolled over Wisconsin, 20-3, for its sixth consecutive conference win. 2002 marks the first time in school history that the Hawks began conference play with a perfect 6-0 record.

And that record kept going, as Iowa defeated Northwestern 62-10 and ended the regular season with a 45-21 victory over Minnesota. With an 8-0 Big Ten record, it was Iowa's first perfect Big Ten season since 1922 (5-0) and first ever at 8-0.

With a share of the Big Ten championship (Ohio State also had a perfect 8-0 conference record) and a bowl game guarantee, Hawk fans bit their nails and wondered if Iowa quarterback Brad Banks would bring home the Heisman. He didn't, but the community college transfer did finish second in the voting and became the fourth Hawkeye to do so. Chuck Long (1985), Randy Duncan (1958), and Alex Karras (1957) were also runners-up for the coveted award.

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September 1

Scoring on its first drive, Iowa completely controlled the action on offense and defense in defeating Kent State 51-0 to open the season. Placekicker Nate Kaeding looked good before the hometown crowd, making all six extra point attempts and hitting three field goals. He set a school record for kicking points in a game with 15.

September 29

Playing for the first time in three weeks due to the terrorist attacks on the East Coast, the Hawks drove 90 yards against Penn State for a touchdown on their second possession and never trailed. After the Nittany Lions closed to within 21-11 in the third quarter, Iowa's Nate Kaeding added a 47-yard field goal for Iowa's final points. Final score, 24-18.

October 20

Iowa's offense scored on the first four drives of the game against Indiana and gained 454 yards on only 50 offensive plays, averaging more than nine yards per play. Meanwhile, Bob Sanders led the Iowa defense with 25 tackles and won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. Iowa won the game, 42-28.

November 17

On a balmy day in November with near 70-degree temperatures, Iowa scored on its first six possessions in Kinnick Stadium on the way to a 42-24 victory over Minnesota. It was the final home game for 19 Hawkeye seniors. Members of the 1981 Hawkeye Big Ten Championship football team were in town celebrating the 20th anniversary of Iowa's trip to the 1982 Rose Bowl and also witnessed the game.

December 29

After a three-year hiatus, Iowa was back in bowl game action, taking on Texas Tech once again in its third trek to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The Hawks won the game, 19-16, with placekicker Nate Kaeding responsible for four field goals and 12 of Iowa's points.

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October 7

In the words of Kirk Ferentz, the game was a "Mona Lisa." While he admitted that not every play was pretty, the coach said his team's 21-16 upset over Michigan State on Homecoming Weekend was enough of a masterpiece to make the second-year coach break into a broad smile at his postgame press conference. More than 63,000 faithful sat under ominous gray skies to watch the excitement of victory unfold. The win broke a school-record 13-game skid and the second-longest losing streak in the country at the time.

The Hawks ended the season with three wins and eight losses.