October 17 The Twelfth Man
The Hawkeyes met Illinois in Iowa City with vengeance in mind. “Red”
Grange and his Illinois teammates had shut out Iowa in 1924, giving the
Hawkeyes their only loss of the season. As the 1925 squad prepared to
take the field before a Homecoming crowd of eager fans, they received
a telegram from Ledrue Galloway, a black tackle from the 1924 team. “There
will be twelve Iowa men on the field to beat Illinois,” he promised.
“I am with you.” Actually, Galloway was in a sickbed, dying
from tuberculosis, but his message surely played a role in Iowa’s
12-10 victory that day.
The Chicago Tribune reporter who covered the action
credited halfback Nick “Cowboy” Kutsch with being the hero
of the day. After Grange received the kickoff and dashed 89 yards for
a touchdown seconds into the game, the Cowboy apparently became inspired.
“When he wasn’t galloping, he was kicking field goals….
It sure was great stuff for those 30,000 corn fed rooters to look at.
Most of them were so hoarse they couldn’t speak when the game was
The aerial game had to be forgotten when the worst blizzard of the year
blew a gale through Iowa Field. The Hawkeye billed the game:
“Iowa vs. Wisconsin vs. the Elements.” The snowy wind was
so strong that punters actually lost ground on two occasions. In the end,
Iowa lost by a score of 6-0. It was the first Hawkeye defeat of the season.