Iowa Hawkeyes football

Iowa Hawkeyes football
2016 Iowa Hawkeyes football team
First season 1889
Athletic director Gary Barta
Head coach Kirk Ferentz
18th year, 13591 (.597)
Stadium Kinnick Stadium
Seating capacity 70,585
Field surface Field Turf
Location Iowa City, Iowa
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Big Ten
Division West
Past conferences WIUFA (1892–1897)
Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1907–1910)
All-time record 63354839 (.535)
Bowl record 14141 (.500)
Claimed nat'l titles 1 (1958)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 4 (1921, 1922, 1956, 1960)
Conference titles 13 (11 Big Ten, 1 MVIAA, 1 WIUFA)
Division titles 1 (2015)
Heisman winners 1
Nile Kinnick (1939)
Consensus All-Americans 25
Current uniform
Colors Black and Gold[1]
Fight song Iowa Fight Song
Mascot Herky the Hawk
Marching band Hawkeye Marching Band
Outfitter Nike
Rivals Iowa State Cyclones
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Wisconsin Badgers

The Iowa Hawkeyes football team represents the University of Iowa in college football. The Hawkeyes compete in the West division of the Big Ten Conference. They have been a member of the Big Ten since 1899, and are currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member of the NCAA. The Hawkeyes play their home games in Iowa City, Iowa at Kinnick Stadium, with a capacity of 70,585. The Hawkeyes are currently coached by Kirk Ferentz, who is in his 18th season as the head coach and is also tied for the longest current tenured coach in NCAA Division I FBS (he is tied with Oklahoma head coach, and Iowa alum Bob Stoops).


Founding and Early Years

Football was first played as a club sport at Iowa in 1872, with intramural games against other colleges played as early as 1882, but it was not until 1889 that the University of Iowa first officially recognized a varsity football team. In 1899, Iowa completed its first undefeated football season, which led to an invitation to join the Western Conference, now known as the Big Ten Conference. In 1900, the Hawkeyes secured another undefeated season and won a share of the Western Conference title in their first year of league play.

The Big 8 years and return to Big Ten

In 1907 Iowa helped form the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. They participated in football in the new league for four seasons, while retaining their existing membership in the Western Conference. Iowa tied with Nebraska in 1907 for the league championship in its first season of competition. They would leave the conference after the 1910 football season and return to the Big Ten.[2]

Howard Jones era and 1930s

Iowa claimed consecutive Big Ten titles in 1921 and 1922. The Hawkeyes won 20 straight games in the early 1920s under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Howard Jones. Jones soon left Iowa and established a powerhouse at Southern California, and the Hawkeyes were abysmal for most of the 1930s.

1929 Big Ten suspension

Iowa was expelled from the Big Ten on May 25, 1929. The reasons were officially unstated and university president William Jessup professed not to know why the faculty committee voted to expel the university. Discussions of player compensation and Iowa's inaction on alleged ethics violation appear to have been a main cause. [3]

Following the 1929 season, the Big Ten faculty committee unanimously voted to reinstate Iowa to the conference on February 1, 1930. On December 11, 1929, Iowa had disqualified 27 players, presumably due to compensation issues, and was advised not to seek reinstatement of any of those players.[4]

Eddie Anderson era

As a result, little was expected of Iowa’s 1939 team, led by new coach Eddie Anderson. Nicknamed the “Ironmen”, the 1939 Hawkeyes scored several upset victories and vaulted into the national rankings. Though Iowa fell a game short of the Big Ten title, team MVP Nile Kinnick won almost every major national award, including the 1939 Heisman Trophy.

Forest Evashevski era

Forest Evashevski was hired as Iowa’s head coach in 1952. He lured Calvin Jones to Iowa, where Jones became the first Hawkeye – and the first African-American – to win the Outland Trophy in 1955. From 1956 to 1960, Evashevski led Iowa to four finishes in the top five of the national rankings, three Big Ten Conference titles, two Rose Bowl victories (in 1957 and 1959), and the 1958 FWAA national championship. After the 1960 season, Evashevski left coaching to become Iowa’s athletic director.

The forgotten season

In 1960 the Hawkeyes held on to the #1 ranking for much of the season. The Hawkeyes defeated #8 Ohio State, #15 Michigan State, and #10 Purdue. Iowa lost to rival #3 Minnesota. The game was the only loss of the year for the 1960 Hawkeyes and they shared the Big Ten title with Minnesota. However, at that time, the Big Ten did not allow their teams to go to any bowl except for the Rose Bowl. As such, Minnesota was picked over Iowa to go to Pasadena and Iowa was left out, despite a #2 ranking in the Coaches' Poll and a #3 ranking in the AP. Minnesota went on to win the National Championship. This season is known as the "Forgotten Season", for despite ending the season with a #2/3 ranking and a share of the Big Ten title, the Hawks were left out of January play.[5]

1960s and 70s

Forest Evashevski's various successors thereafter went nineteen consecutive seasons from 1962 through 1980 without a winning record. In the 18 seasons between the tenures of Evashevski and Fry, the Hawkeyes went without a single winning season. After Evashevski retired, Jerry Burns coached from 1961 though 1965. He had a 16–27–2 record. Ray Nagel followed from 1966–1970 with a 16–32–2 record. Frank Lauterbur followed, coaching from 1971 -1973 with a 4–28–1 record, with a 0–11 record in 1973. Bob Commings coached the Hawkeyes from 1974–1978. His record was 18 wins and 37 losses.

Hayden Fry era

Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry was hired after the 1978 season to try to reverse Iowa’s fortunes. After decades of losing, Fry revived the Iowa program. In 20 years at Iowa, he led the Hawkeyes to 14 bowl games, including three Rose Bowl appearances (in 1982, 1986 and 1991), and won three Big Ten titles. Among the legends that Fry left behind is the iconic pink visitors locker room, as well as a statement he made the day he started as Iowa Head Coach that he would take the team to a bowl game within four years, or he would step down. He would not only succeed in his boast, by sending Iowa to the 1982 Rose Bowl, he would do it in three years, besting his ambitious prognostication by one year. Fry retired in 1998, turning the program over to his former assistant Kirk Ferentz.

Kirk Ferentz era

Ferentz led Iowa to three consecutive top ten finishes from 2002 to 2004 and two Big Ten titles. The Hawkeyes have played in 13 bowl games in the past 16 seasons, and in 27 bowl games over the last 36 seasons. Kirk Ferentz has been the head coach since Hayden Fry's retirement after the 1998 season, and has led the team to a number of Bowl appearances, including two Orange Bowls and the 2016 Rose Bowl. Iowa has cracked the top 25 at the end of the season six times during the Kirk Ferentz era – No. 8 in 2002-04, No. 20 in 2008, No. 7 in 2009, and No. 9 in 2015. In 2016, Iowa began its 128th season of football, and its 117th season in the Big Ten.

Notable games and seasons

1953: #20 Iowa vs #1 Notre Dame

On Nov. 21, 1953, an undefeated #1 ranked Notre Dame team was set to face the Hawkeyes in South Bend. In the first quarter, Iowa defensive back Dusty Rice intercepted the Irish, which allowed the Hawkeyes to drive the ball 72-yards for an Iowa touchdown and a 7–0 lead. With only 2 seconds left in the first half, Irish tackle Frank Varrichione fell down with an injury which stopped the clock (Notre Dame had no time outs left). Varrichione went in that same play and the Irish scored on a touchdown pass to Dan Shannon, to tie the game 7–7 at the half. With the score still deadlocked late into the fourth quarter, Iowa intercepted a pass on their own 48-yard line. The Hawkeyes then scored on a touchdown pass to end Frank Gilliam to give the Hawkeyes a 14–7 lead with 2:06 left in the game, with Notre Dame having no time outs remaining. With only 6 seconds left and the clock ticking away Frank Varrichione came down with another injury which stopped the clock (again he went back in that very same play). Notre Dame then scored a touchdown to tie the game up and stay unbeaten. After the game, sportswriters such as Grantland Rice and others were infuriated calling it unfair, and the Irish earned the label: "The Fainting Irish of Notre Dame". Iowa head coach Forest Evashevski said after the game: "When the One Great Scorer comes to write against our name, He won't write whether we won or lost, but how come we got gypped at Notre Dame". The Hawkeyes, who were ranked #20 before the game, jumped teams with better records to gain the #9 ranking. Varrichione has since admitted that the injuries were fake, in Steve Delsohn’s book, TALKING IRISH. In addition, Notre Dame Heisman winner Johnny Lattner praised his team's tactics calling it "Pretty smart thinking, wasn't it?".[6] Because of this game, the NCAA changed the rules making players sit out at least one down before returning to the game.

1959 Rose Bowl

Main article: 1959 Rose Bowl

With their win in the Rose Bowl in 1959, the Iowa Hawkeyes won their first, and only, National Championship. However, although Iowa won the Grantland Rice Trophy as awarded by the Football Writers Association of America following the Bowl games, LSU was voted #1 in both major polls, the AP and Coaches polls, which were tallied before the Bowl games were played.

This game was lopsided and by the end of the third quarter, with a 22–6 advantage over the California Golden Bears, Iowa could smell victory. The championship, however, is disputed. The AP, whose poll came out before the bowl games, had picked LSU as their National Champion. Many believe that the Iowa Hawkeyes rightfully hold the 1958 National Championship.[7]

1960: #1 Iowa at #3 Minnesota

The battle for Floyd of Rosedale between the Big Ten's two 6–0–0 teams, Iowa against Minnesota, took place in Minneapolis, The top-ranked Hawkeyes lost to #3 Minnesota, 27–10. With both the AP and UPI finishing their voting before the bowl games, the national championship ultimately was determined in December. The AP writers divided among Minnesota (8–1–0), Mississippi (9–0–1) and Iowa (8–1–0), and some voters split their choices. As such, the Minnesota Gophers received 17½ votes for #1, Mississippi got 16, and Iowa 12½. Minnesota had 433½ poll points, ahead of 411 for Ole Miss and 407½ for Iowa. Minnesota was also the #1 choice in the UPI coaches poll. Minnesota was awarded the berth in the 1961 Rose Bowl.

1981: #7 Nebraska at Iowa

Official recap—There weren't many among the 60,160 who jammed Iowa's Kinnick Stadium who thought they were watching a matchup of the eventual Midwest entries in the Rose and Orange Bowls. There probably weren't a whole lot more who thought Iowa would avenge a 57–0 slaughter the Hawkeyes had suffered in Lincoln the year before. However, Iowa took advantage of excellent field position to jump to a 10–0 first-half lead, then held on to win a 10–7 stunner over the seventh-ranked Huskers.

The Hawkeye defense held the Huskers to their lowest total offense output of the season—234 yards—and stopped the Nebraska offense three straight times in Iowa territory after Roger Craig's one-yard TD had pulled the Huskers within 10–7 early in the final period. NU was stymied in the fourth quarter by a missed 30-yard field goal, a fumble, and Lou King's diving interception, which secured Iowa's victory with 39 seconds remaining.

In the first half, the Hawkeyes capitalized on a short punt and an interception to set up a two-yard TD run by Eddie Phillips and a 35-yard field goal by Lon Olejniczak. Meanwhile, the Huskers were held scoreless through three quarters for the first time since 1973 and didn't get out of their own territory until late in the second period, partly because of Iowa punter Reggie Roby's 50-plus yard average. NU quarterbacks Mark Maurer and Nate Mason completed only 8-of-18 passes for 81 yards and rushed 12 times for minus-2 yards.

Iowa used its upset win as a launching pad to defeat such teams as UCLA, Michigan and Purdue and post its first winning season since 1961.[8]

“At this minute, this is the greatest victory of my life," Iowa coach Hayden Fry said. "I’m getting to be an old man and I don’t want to hurt any of my other teams that pulled off some upsets. But while I’ve been at Iowa, this is far and away the greatest victory.

“If you stay with this game long enough, the worm is bound to turn. Don’t think we didn’t earn this one, either. We did it fair and square, plus we showed a lot of character.” [9]

1985: #2 Michigan at #1 Iowa

The Hawkeyes trailed 10–9 late in the fourth quarter, in what may be considered the greatest game ever played at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa got the ball, with 5:27 left, on their own 22-yard line. Led by their All-American Quarterback, Chuck Long, Iowa drove the ball to the Michigan 12-yard line. As the clock expired, kicker Rob Houghtlin sent one through the uprights, to give Iowa the win. The Hawkeyes would go on to accept an invitation to the 1986 Rose Bowl.[10]

2003: #15 Miami (OH) at #12 Iowa

RedHawks were led by their Heisman Trophy hopeful, and future two time Super Bowl Champion, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Hawkeyes defeated the Redhawks, 21–3. However, the game is significant in that the Hawkeyes held Roethlisberger to no touchdown passes. In addition, the Hawkeyes, intercepted this future NFL great a total of 4 times. The RedHawks went unbeaten after the loss to Iowa. However, that loss kept them out of a BCS Bowl Game and Roethlisberger out of Heisman contention.[11]

2005 Capital One Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU ("The Catch")

Main article: 2005 Capital One Bowl

The game has gone down in Hawkeye history known simply as "The Catch". Iowa was set to play the defending National Champion LSU Tigers. Despite leading the entire game, Iowa found itself down 24–25 and got the ball with only 46 seconds left on the clock. With only a few seconds left in the game, Iowa found itself on their own 44-yard line facing a 2nd and 6. Iowa Quarterback Drew Tate threw the ball 56 yards to Warren Holloway for an Iowa touchdown that gave the Hawkeyes a 30–25 victory over Nick Saban's defending champion Tigers. The touchdown was Holloway's first and only career touchdown.[12]

2008: #3 Penn State at Iowa

The undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions came into the game ranked #3 in the country with hopes of a BCS national championship. The Hawkeyes, on the other hand, were 5–4 and coming off a tough loss at Illinois. The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early lead following a Penn State fumble on their first drive, but the Nittany Lions would come back to take a 13–7 lead into halftime. With less than four minutes left in the game, and trailing 23–21, Iowa strong safety Tyler Sash intercepted Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark's pass inside Iowa territory. The Hawkeyes drove to within field goal range where kicker Daniel Murray made a 31-yard field goal with :01 left to play. Iowa would go on to win 24–23 and hand Penn State its only regular season loss of the year. The Hawkeyes would go on to beat South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. The win would be the first in a 13-game winning streak for Iowa stretching into the 2009 season.

2015 Big Ten Championship Game: #5 Michigan State vs. #4 Iowa

Positioned as a de facto play-in game for the College Football Playoff, the 2015 Big Ten Championship Game between #5 Michigan State (11–1) and #4 Iowa (12–0) was a classic conference title matchup for the ages. The Spartans won the East Division title with gutsy road victories at Michigan and Ohio State, while the Hawkeyes won the West Division after completing their first unbeaten regular season in 93 years.

Iowa turned the ball over twice in the first half – a fumble leading to the Spartans first points and an interception in the end zone – but led 6–3. Michigan State dominated the third quarter in time of possession and yardage, and tacked on two field goals to lead 9–6. Trailing entering the 4th quarter for the first time all season, the Hawkeyes responded in a big way with an 85-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to Tevaun Smith that gave Iowa a 13–9 lead with 14:49 remaining. After exchanging punts, Michigan State marched 82 yards in an epic 22-play drive that took 9:04 off the clock. The game-winning score came on a 1-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left. The Spartans converted five third downs and a fourth down on the drive to win 16–13.

Michigan State was selected as the #3 seed for the 2015 College Football Playoff, while Iowa was rewarded with its first Rose Bowl appearance in 25 years.

2016: #3 Michigan at Iowa

Iowa entered this matchup against the 9-0 Wolverines with a 5-4 record, a letdown given the high expectations entering the season. Michigan arrived in Iowa City with the #1 scoring defense and the #3 scoring offense in the country. A week after being humbled 41-14 at Penn State, in the midst of a 3-game home losing streak, and after trailing 10-0 in the second quarter of this game, the Hawkeyes put forth a gritty, spirited effort. Freshman Keith Duncan drilled a 33-yard field goal as time to expired to deliver Iowa a much needed win. Akrum Wadley was the offensive standout for the Hawkeyes with 115 yards rushing, and another 52 yards receiving that included a touchdown late in the first half. The Hawkeye defense did their part as well, allowing only 201 total yards and scoring a safety.

With Clemson and Washington both losing, this marked only the second time #2, #3, and #4 fell during the same day in the regular-season. The other time was October 19, 1985, and one of the games that day was #1 Iowa's 12-10 win over #2 Michigan.

Logos and uniforms

Iowa's home jersey is black with white numerals, with gold and white stripes on the sleeves. The away jersey is white with black numerals, and gold stripes on the sleeves. Players' names are located above the numerals on the back of the jersey. Gold pants with a black stripe are worn with both the home and away jersey. Iowa's helmets are black with a black facemask. They also have a gold stripe and the gold Iowa Hawkeye logo included on both sides of the helmet.

In 1979, Hayden Fry helped to create the Tiger Hawk, the logo seen on Iowa's football helmets.[13] Since both teams shared the colors of black and yellow gold, Fry sought and gained permission from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the dominant National Football League (NFL) team of the 1970s, to overhaul Iowa’s uniforms in the Steelers’ image. Fry's idea was that if the team were going to act like winners, they first needed to dress like winners. Fry had originally asked Steelers defensive tackle "Mean" Joe Greene for a replica helmet and home jersey; Greene was able to send Fry to one of the team owners, and three days later, the owners sent Fry reproduction copies of the home and away uniform of Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, making Iowa one of only a few schools to use the uniform scheme of an NFL team; others include the Blue Devils of Duke University whose football uniforms resemble those of the Indianapolis Colts. Although the uniforms appear substantially the same, there are subtle differences, mainly in the font of the numerals, the scheme of the white away jerseys, and the width of the jersey stripe.

The Hawkeyes have removed the Tiger Hawk helmet logo and the single yellow gold stripe from their game helmets on several occasions as a symbolic gesture of mourning. The first instance was on November 2, 1991, in recognition of the six victims of a fatal campus shooting. The second occasion was for a December 29, 1996, appearance in the Alamo Bowl. It served to commemorate the family of linebacker Mark Mitchell, who were involved in a fatal vehicle accident while en route to the game. The accident resulted in the death of Mitchell's mother and severe injuries to his father and two brothers.[14] Third, being on Veterans' Day 2011 when they used a red, white, and blue tiger hawk on one side and left the other side blank in honor of our fallen heroes against Michigan. All three games resulted in Iowa victories. Fourth, and most recent September 12, 2015 when they honored #9 Tyler Sash, former Iowa Safety and NFL Veteran, who had died on September 8, 2015. During this last removal of the helmet logo, only one side was removed, while the other had a large #9 placed, honoring the jersey number Sash wore while he played at Iowa.

The Iowa Athletic Director has okayed only five stickers on the helmets over the last thirty years, the first, in 1985, when a gold disk appeared, with the black letters "ANF," Which stands for America Needs Farmers, this sticker has remained in place since it was first placed onto the helmet. The second was a small black sticker on the back of the helmet, with white letters that spelled out "EVY," the nickname of legendary Iowa head coach, and Athletic Director, Forest Evasheski, to commemorate his death in 2009. The third was in memory of Iowa high school football coaching legend Ed Thomas, who was killed in his team's weight room by a former player. A small gold sticker with the black letters "FFF" placed near the crown of the helmet represents Faith, Family, Football, a motto Coach Thomas preached to his players to represent what his players priorities should be not only through the season, but throughout life. The fourth being a small green sticker, with the number 30 on it to honor former Hawkeye Safety Brett Greenwood, who had recently fallen into a coma while working out at his old high school. The final sticker is a small black sticker with a gold "TS", worn on the back of the helmet to commemorate the death of former Hawkeye safety Tyler Sash.

Kinnick Stadium

Main article: Kinnick Stadium

Kinnick Stadium, formerly known as Iowa Stadium, is the home stadium of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa. It opened as Iowa Stadium in 1929; prior to that time, Iowa played its home games at Iowa Field. Iowa Stadium was renamed Kinnick Stadium in 1972 in honor of Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner and the only Heisman winner in university history, who died in service during World War II. It currently holds up to 70,585 people, making it the 25th largest college football stadium in America and the 82nd largest sports stadium in the world.


Iowa's official fight song is the Iowa Fight Song which is sung by the marching band and the fans. Iowa's school song is On Iowa. Iowa also plays a third fight song, entitled Roll Along Iowa. After victories the band plays the Im Himmel gibt's kein Bier Polka, which translates to "In Heaven There is No Beer". Before the game (since 2005) the team has exited the tunnel together to Back in Black by AC/DC before joining hands and running onto the field in unison to Enter Sandman by Metallica.[15]

Iowa's mascot is Herky the Hawk, a black and gold caricature of a Hawk. Herky was created as a cartoon in 1948, and first appeared at a sporting event in 1959. Herky was actually named after the Greek God Hercules. The term "Hawkeye" originally appeared in the book The Last of the Mohicans and was later used in its plural form to describe the people of Iowa. The University of Iowa adopted this as the nickname for its athletic teams.

Hawkeye Marching Band
Originally founded in 1881, the Hawkeye Marching Band now performs at all Iowa Hawkeye home football games. The band also travels with the team to usually one away game per year and any post-season bowl games.


Iowa State

Iowa plays Iowa State annually for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, which began in 1977. The teams first meeting was in 1894. The teams quit meeting after the 1934 season until they renewed their rivalry in 1977. It was in 1977 when the tradition of the Cy-Hawk Trophy began, when the Des Moines Athletic Club donated a trophy dedicated to the rivlary. It was quickly dubbed the "Cy-Hawk Trophy". Iowa leads the overall series 42–22, and Iowa also leads the trophy series 26–14.


Iowa plays Minnesota annually for the Floyd of Rosedale, which is Iowa's oldest trophy that began in 1935. The teams first meeting was in 1891. Minnesota leads the overall series 62–46–2, and also leads the trophy series 42–37–2. Floyd of Rosedale was created in 1935 after Minnesota Governor Floyd Olson bet a prize pig that the Gophers would win the game, a goal which the Gophers would accomplish that year. After the death of the pig, its image was cast in bronze, and the Floyd of Rosedale trophy was created.


Iowa plays Nebraska annually for the Heroes Trophy, which began when Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011. Iowa won the two most recent meetings, the most recent, a blow-out win on November 25, 2016, defeating Nebraska by a score of 40–10 in Iowa City. Nebraska leads the overall series 29–15–3, but the trophy series is tied at 3–3. Since the inauguration of the series as a conference game, the game has been played on the Friday following Thanksgiving.


Iowa has played Wisconsin for the Heartland Trophy since 2004. The teams' first meeting was in 1894. Wisconsin leads the overall series 45-43–2, and the trophy series is tied at 5–5.


Current coaching staff

Name Position First Year Position First Year Iowa Alma Mater
Kirk Ferentz Head Coach 1999 1999* Connecticut
Greg Davis Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks 2012 2012 McNeese State
Phil Parker Defensive Coordinator/Secondary 2013 1999 Michigan State
Kelvin Bell Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Coach 2016 2012 Iowa
Brian Ferentz Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator 2015 2012 Iowa
Bobby Kennedy Wide Receivers 2013 2013 Northern Colorado
Reese Morgan Defensive Line 2012 2000 Wartburg College
Seth Wallace Linebackers 2016 2014** Coe College
Chris White Running Backs/Special Teams 2013 2013 Colby College
LeVar Woods Tight Ends 2015 2008 Iowa
Chris Doyle Strength & Conditioning 1999 1999 Boston University
Raimond Braithwaite Assistant, Strength & Conditioning 2008 2008 West Florida
Justin Lima Assistant, Strength & Conditioning 2013 2013 Bridgewater State
Cody Myers Assistant, Strength & Conditioning 2014 2014 Coe College
Paul Federici Director, Football Operations 2009 2004 Penn State
Ben Hansen Assistant Director, Football Operations 2012 2009 Iowa
Broderick Binns Director, Player Development 2016 2014 Iowa
Scott Southmayd Director, Player Personnel 2014 2002 Central College
Max Allen Director, Football New Media 2014 2014 Colorado
Tyler Barnes Director, Player Recruiting 2016 2009 Iowa
Tyler Anderson Graduate Assistant 2015 2015 Iowa
Martin Hopkins Graduate Assistant 2016 2013 Iowa
Joe Pawlak Graduate Assistant 2016 2016 Northern Illinois
Don Shumpert Graduate Assistant 2016 2016 Iowa
Tyler Parker Football Analyst
Austin Showalter Football Analyst/Administrative Assistant 2015 2011 Iowa
Bob Rahfeldt Video Coordinator 2013 1999 Iowa
Chris Ruth Assistant Video Coordinator

*Kirk Ferentz was the offensive line coach at Iowa from 1981-1989.

**Seth Wallace was graduate assistant from 2006-2008 [16]

Head coaching records

Coach Seasons Games Wins Losses Ties Percentage
Alfred E. Bull (1896) 1 7 7 1 1 .833
John Chalmers (1903–1905) 3 32 24 8 0 .750
Howard Jones (1916-1923) 8 60 42 17 1 .708
Alden Knipe (1899-1902) 5 44 29 11 4 .705
Forest Evashevski (1952-1960) 9 83 52 27 4 .651
Hayden Fry (1979-1998) 20 238 143 89 6 .613
Kirk Ferentz (1999–Present) 18 226 135 91 0 .597
Edward A. Dalton (1892) 1 6 3 2 1 .583
Jesse Hawley (1910-1915) 6 42 24 18 0 .571
Burt Ingwersen (1924-1931) 8 64 33 27 4 .547
Eddie Anderson1 (1939-1949) 8 70 35 33 2 .514
Roger Sherman (1894) 1 9 4 4 1 .500
Otto Wagonhurst (1897) 1 8 4 4 0 .500
Ben "Sport" Donnelly (1893) 1 7 3 4 0 .429
Oscar "Ossie" Solem (1932-1936) 5 40 15 21 4 .425
Mark Catlin (1906-1908) 3 17 7 10 0 .412
Jerry Burns (1961-1965) 5 45 16 27 2 .378
Leonard Raffensperger (1950-1951) 2 18 5 10 3 .361
John Griffith (1909) 1 7 2 4 1 .357
Ray Nagel (1966-1970) 5 49 16 32 1 .337
Bob Commings (1974-1978) 5 55 18 37 0 .327
Clem Crowe (1945) 1 9 2 7 0 .222
Irl Tubbs (1937-1938) 2 16 2 13 1 .156
Edward "Slip" Madigan (1943-1944) 2 16 2 13 1 .156
Frank Lauterbur (1971-1973) 3 33 4 28 1 .136
  1. Eddie Anderson did not coach during the 1943-1945 seasons to serve in World War II.

–Iowa did not hire their first head coach until 1892, even though their football program began in 1889.


National championships

Iowa finished the 1958 regular season ranked #2 in the AP and Coaches Polls, behind 11–0 LSU, although both votes were taken before the bowl games. Iowa convincingly won the 1959 Rose Bowl, 38–12, setting or tying six Rose Bowl records. The Football Writers Association of America gave their national championship trophy, the Grantland Rice Trophy, to Iowa.

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Game
1958 Forest Evashevski Football Writers Association of America 8–1–1 Rose Bowl

Conference championships

Iowa has won 13 major conference championships in school history. 11 with the Big Ten, 1 with the WIUFA and 1 with the MVIAA.

Year Coach Conference Record Overall Record Outright/Shared Bowl Game
1896 Alfred E. Bull1 3–0–1 7–1–1 Outright
1900 Alden Knipe 2–0–1 7–0–1 Shared
1907 Mark Catlin, Sr.2 1–0–0 3–2–0 Shared
1921 Howard Jones 5–0–0 7–0–0 Outright
1922 Howard Jones 5–0–0 7–0–0 Shared
1956 Forest Evashevski 5–1–0 9–1–0 Outright Won Rose Bowl
1958 Forest Evashevski 5–1–0 8–1–1 Outright Won Rose Bowl
1960 Forest Evashevski 5–1–0 8–1–0 Shared
1981 Hayden Fry 6–2–0 8–4–0 Shared Lost Rose Bowl
1985 Hayden Fry 7–1–0 10–2–0 Outright Lost Rose Bowl
1990 Hayden Fry 6–2–0 8–4–0 Shared Lost Rose Bowl
2002 Kirk Ferentz 8–0–0 11–2–0 Shared Lost Orange Bowl
2004 Kirk Ferentz 7–1–0 10–2–0 Shared Won Capital One Bowl
11-time Big Ten Champions

1 Iowa was a member of the Western Interstate University Football Association.
2 Iowa was a member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association.[17]

Divisional championships

Year Division Big Ten CG Result Opponent PF PA
2015 Big Ten West L MIchigan State 13 16
1 Big Ten West Championships

Bowl games and rankings

Bowl games

Iowa has appeared in 30 bowl games, including 27 bowl games since 1982. In bowl games, Iowa has a 14–14–1 record:

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1957 Rose Bowl W Oregon State 35 19
January 1, 1959 Rose Bowl W California 38 12
January 1, 1982 Rose Bowl L Washington 0 28
December 31, 1982 Peach Bowl W Tennessee 28 22
December 30, 1983 Gator Bowl L Florida 6 14
December 16, 1984 Freedom Bowl W Texas 55 17
January 1, 1986 Rose Bowl L UCLA 28 45
December 30, 1986 Holiday Bowl W San Diego State 39 38
December 30, 1987 Holiday Bowl W Wyoming 20 19
December 31, 1988 Peach Bowl L North Carolina State 23 28
January 1, 1991 Rose Bowl L Washington 34 46
December 30, 1991 Holiday Bowl T BYU 13 13
December 31, 1993 Alamo Bowl L California 3 37
December 29, 1995 Sun Bowl W Washington 38 18
December 29, 1996 Alamo Bowl W Texas Tech 27 0
December 31, 1997 Sun Bowl L Arizona State 7 17
December 29, 2001 Alamo Bowl W Texas Tech 19 16
January 2, 2003 Orange Bowl L Southern California 17 38
January 1, 2004 Outback Bowl W Florida 37 17
January 1, 2005 Capital One Bowl W LSU 30 25
January 2, 2006 Outback Bowl L Florida 24 31
December 29, 2006 Alamo Bowl L Texas 24 26
January 1, 2009 Outback Bowl W South Carolina 31 10
January 5, 2010 Orange Bowl W Georgia Tech 24 14
December 28, 2010 Insight Bowl W Missouri 27 24
December 30, 2011 Insight Bowl L Oklahoma 14 31
January 1, 2014 Outback Bowl L LSU 14 21
January 2, 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl L Tennessee 28 45
January 1, 2016 Rose Bowl L Stanford 16 45
January 2, 2017 Outback Bowl Florida    
Total 29 Bowl Games 14–14–1 699 716

Iowa in the Polls

Iowa has made 311 appearances in the Associated Press poll, including 123 weeks in the top 10.[18] Iowa has finished the year ranked in the final Associated Press poll of the season 22 times:

Year Ranking Record
1939 96–1–1
1953 95–3–1
1956 38–1
1957 67–1–1
1958 27–1–1
1960 38–1
1981 188–4
1983 149–3
Year Ranking Record
1984 168–4–1
1985 1010–2
1986 169–3
1987 1610–3
1990 188–4
1991 10 10–1–1
1995 25 8–4
Year Ranking Record
1996 18 9–3
2002 8 11–2
2003 8 10–3
2004 8 10–2
2008 20 9–4
2009 7 11–2
2015 9 12–2

Season results

Honors and awards

Annual awards

Individual award winners

Coaching award winners

College Football Hall of Fame

Iowa has 14 inductees in the College Football Hall of Fame:[19]

College Football Hall of Fame
Name Position Tenure Year Inducted
Howard Jones Coach 1916–23 1951
Duke Slater Tackle 1918–21 1951
Nile Kinnick Quarterback 1936–39 1951
Gordon Locke Fullback 1920–22 1960
Eddie Anderson Coach 1939–49 1971
Aubrey Devine Quarterback 1919–21 1973
Slip Madigan Coach 1943–44 1974
Cal Jones Guard 1952–55 1980
Alex Karras Defensive tackle 1954–57 1981
Randy Duncan Quarterback 1956–58 1997
Chuck Long Quarterback 1981–85 1999
Forest Evashevski Coach 1952–60 2000
Hayden Fry Coach 1979–98 2003
Larry Station Linebacker 1982–85 2009

Retired Numbers

Iowa Hawkeyes retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
24 Nile Kinnick QB 1936–39
62 Cal Jones OG 1952–55

Two numbers have been retired by the Hawkeye football program, Nile Kinnick's #24 and Cal Jones' #62. Both Kinnick and Jones were consensus first team All-Americans, and both men tragically perished in separate plane crashes before their 25th birthday.

Kinnick won the University of Iowa's only Heisman Trophy in 1939 and is the man for whom Kinnick Stadium is named. Jones was the first African-American to win the Outland Trophy and is the only Hawkeye to be named first-team All-American three times.[20]

Iowa's All-Time Team

As selected by Iowa's fans in 1989.

E Marv Cook 1985–88
E Jim Gibbons 1955–57
OL Mike Enich 1938–1940
OL Cal Jones 1953–55
OL Jerry Hilgenberg 1951–53
OL John Niland 1963–65
OL Duke Slater 1918–21
QB Chuck Long 1982–85
RB Ozzie Simmons 1934–36
RB Aubrey Devine 1919–21
RB Ronnie Harmon 1982–85
PK Rob Houghtlin 1985–87

E Frank Gilliam 1953–56
E Andre Tippett 1979–81
DL Mark Bortz 1979–82
DL Dave Haight 1985–88
DL Alex Karras 1956–57
LB Mike Reilly 1961–63
LB Larry Station 1982–85
DB Craig Clemons 1969–71
DB Willis Glasgow 1927–29
DB Gordon Locke 1920–22
DB Ken Ploen 1954–56
P Reggie Roby 1979–82

Special Mention

OL Dave Croston 1984–1986
OL Joe Devlin 1973–75
QB Randy Duncan 1956–58
RB Larry Ferguson 1959–62
RB Joe Laws 1931–33
RB Ed Podolak 1966–68
RB Bill Reichardt 1949–51
E Erwin Prasse 1937–39

E Lester Belding 1918–21
LB Wally Hilgenberg 1961–63
DB Devon Mitchell 1982–85
DE Joe Mott 1985–88
LB Brad Quast 1986–89
DB Bill Reichardt 1949–51
DB Bob Stoops 1979–82
DB Mike Stoops 1981–84

Current Iowa Hawkeyes football team

Iowa and the NFL

Current NFL players

This list includes players on active team rosters, this list does not include free agents or players on practice squads in 2016.[21]

Name Year Debuted Position Team
Jonathan Babineaux2005 DT Atlanta Falcons
Conor Boffeli2014 OG Cleveland Browns
Bryan Bulaga2010 OT Green Bay Packers
Adrian Clayborn 2011DE Atlanta Falcons
Mike Daniels2012 DE Green Bay Packers
Carl Davis 2015 DT Baltimore Ravens
Andrew Donnal2015 OT St. Louis Rams
James Ferentz2015 C Denver Broncos
C. J. Fiedorowicz2015 TE Houston Texans
Adam Gettis2013 G New York Giants
Charles Godfrey2009 SAtlanta Falcons
Chad Greenway2006 LB Minnesota Vikings
Anthony Hitchens 2015LB Dallas Cowboys
Micah Hyde2015 SGreen Bay Packers
Christian Kirksey2016 LB Cleveland Browns
Karl Klug2011 DE Tennessee Titans
Tony Moeaki 2010TE Chicago Bears
Brandon Myers2009 TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Riley Reiff 2012 OT Detroit Lions
Allen Reisner 2011 TE Minnesota Vikings
Brandon Scherff2016 OT Washington Redskins
Ricky Stanzi2011 QB Cleveland Browns
Matt Tobin2014OT Philadelphia Eagles
Marshal Yanda2007 OG Baltimore Ravens
Austin Blythe2016 C Indianapolis Colts
Carl Davis2015 DT Baltimore Ravens
Marshall Koehn2016 K Miami Dolphins
Casey Kreiter2016 LS Denver Broncos
Henry Krieger Coble2016 TE Denver Broncos
Jordan Lomax2016 DB Los Angeles Rams
B.J. Lowery2016 DB Denver Broncos
Tevaun Smith2016 WR Indianapolis Colts
Louis Trinca-Pasat2016 DT Los Angeles Rams

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Three Hawkeyes have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame:[22]

Inducted Player Position Teams
1967 Emlen Tunnell Defensive back New York Giants, Green Bay Packers
1998 Paul Krause Safety Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins
2008 Andre Tippett Linebacker New England Patriots

NFL draft picks

Iowa has had at least one player drafted in every NFL Draft since 1978. Through the 2016 NFL Draft, Iowa has had 278 draft picks. 250 in the NFL, 21 in the AFL, and 7 in the AAFC (the AFC and AAFC both merged with the NFL). and 75 players have gone in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. Iowa has had 20 first round NFL Draft selections:[23]

Season Player Team Selection
1936 Dick Crayne Brooklyn Dodgers 4th
1958 Alex Karras Detroit Lions 10th
1959 Randy Duncan Green Bay Packers 1st
1966 John Niland Dallas Cowboys 5th
1973 Craig Clemons Chicago Bears 12th
1976 Rod Walters Kansas City Chiefs 14th
1982 Ron Hallstrom Green Bay Packers 22nd
1984 John Alt Kansas City Chiefs 21st
1986 Chuck Long Detroit Lions 12th
1986 Ronnie Harmon Buffalo Bills 16th
1986 Mike Haight New York Jets 22nd
1997 Tom Knight Arizona Cardinals 9th
1997 Ross Verba Green Bay Packers 30th
2003 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Colts 24th
2004 Robert Gallery Oakland Raiders 2nd
2006 Chad Greenway Minnesota Vikings 17th
2010 Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Packers 23rd
2011 Adrian Clayborn Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20th
2012 Riley Reiff Detroit Lions 23rd
2015 Brandon Scherff Washington Redskins 5th

Series records

633-548-39 (.535)

Division I opponents

Opponent Record Percentage First Year Last Year
Air Force 0-0-1 .500 1958 1958
Akron 1-0 1.000 2002 2002
Alabama 0-0
Appalachian State 0-0
Arizona 6-7 .462 1966 2010
Arizona State 1-2 .333 1997 2004
Arkansas 1-0 1.000 1925 1925
Arkansas State 1-0 1.000 2009 2009
Army 0-0
Auburn 0-0
Ball State 3-0 1.000 2005 2014
Baylor 0-0
Boise State 0-0
Boston College 0-0
Bowling Green 0-0
Buffalo 1-0 1.000 2003 2003
BYU 0-0-1 .500 1991 1991
California 3-1 .750 1959 1993
Central Michigan 2-1 .667 1994 2012
Charlotte 0-0
Cincinnati 1-0 1.000 1990 1990
Clemson 0-0
Colorado 0-2 .000 1988 1992
Colorado State 0-0
Connecticut 0-0
Duke 0-0
East Carolina 0-0
Eastern Michigan 0-0
FIU 1-0 1.000 2008 2008
Florida 1-2 .333 1983 2006
Florida Atlantic 0-0
Florida State 0-0
Fresno State 0-0
Georgia 0-0
Georgia Southern 0-0
Georgia State 0-0
Georgia Tech 1-0 1.000 2010 2010
Hawaii 3-1 .750 1956 1991
Houston 0-0
Idaho 1-0 1.000 1964 1964
Illinois 32-38-2 .458 1899 2016
Indiana 44-28-4 .605 1912 2015
Iowa State 42-22 .656 1894 2016
Kansas 4-6 .400 1891 1960
Kansas State 5-1 .833 1951 2000
Kent State 2-0 1.000 2001 2004
Kentucky 0-0
Louisiana-Lafayette 0-0
Louisiana-Monroe 1-0 1.000 2011 2011
Louisiana Tech 0-0
Louisville 0-0
LSU 1-1 .500 2005 2014
Marshall 0-0
Maryland 1-1 .500 2014 2015
Massachusetts 0-0
Memphis 0-0
Miami (FL) 0-4 .000 1950 1992
Miami (OH) 4-0 1.000 2001 2016
Michigan 15-41-4 .283 1900 2016
Michigan State 23-21-2 .522 1953 2015
Mid Tenn State 0-0
Minnesota 46-62-2 .427 1891 2016
Mississippi State 0-0
Missouri 6-7 .462 1892 2010

Opponent Record Percentage First Year Last Year
Navy 0-0
Nebraska 15-29-3 .351 1891 2016
Nevada 0-0
New Mexico 0-0
New Mexico State 1-0 1.000 1995 1995
North Carolina 0-0
North Carolina State 0-3 .000 1965 1992
North Texas 1-0 1.000 2015 2015
Northern Illinois 8-1 .889 1985 2013
Northwestern 50-25-3 .660 1897 2016
Notre Dame 8-13-3 .396 1921 1968
Ohio 0-0
Ohio State 14-47-3 .242 1922 2013
Oklahoma 0-2 .000 1979 2011
Oklahoma State 1-1 .500 1923 1930
Old Dominion 0-0
Ole Miss 0-0
Oregon 1-2 .333 1949 1994
Oregon State 7-5 .583 1956 1972
Penn State 12-14 .462 1930 2016
Pittsburgh 4-3 .571 1931 2015
Purdue 38-46-3 .454 1910 2016
Rice 0-0
Rutgers 1-0 1.000 2016 2016
San Diego State 1-0 1.000 1986 1986
San Jose State 0-0
SMU 0-0
South Alabama 0-0
South Carolina 1-0 1.000 2009 2009
Southern Miss 0-0
Stanford 0-1 .000 2016 2016
Syracuse 3-1 .750 1975 2007
TCU 2-1 .667 1958 1968
Temple 1-0 1.000 1936 1936
Tennessee 1-2 .333 1982 2015
Texas 1-1 .500 1984 2006
Texas A&M 0-1 .000 1931 1931
Texas State 0-0
Texas Tech 2-0 1.000 1996 2001
Toledo 0-0
Troy 0-0
Tulane 0-0
Tulsa 3-1 .750 1989 1997
UCF 0-0
UCLA 3-6 .333 1938 1985
UNLV 0-0
USC 2-7 .222 1925 2003
USF 0-0
Utah 0-1 .000 1978 1978
Utah State 2-0 1.000 1957 2002
UTEP 1-0 1.000 1986 1986
UTSA 0-0
Vanderbilt 0-0
Virginia 0-0
Virginia Tech 0-0
Wake Forest 0-0
Washington 3-3 .500 1937 1995
Washington State 3-1-1 .700 1953 1969
West Virginia 0-0
Western Kentucky 0-0
Western Michigan 1-2 .333 2000 2013
Wisconsin 43-45-2 .489 1894 2016
Wyoming 2-0 1.000 1953 1987

Big Ten Opponents

This is the Hawkeyes football record against current Big Ten Conference opponents. This list takes into effect games against current Big Ten teams while they were members of the Big Ten.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year
Chicago1 10 3 7 0 .300 83 178 1900 1938
Illinois 71 31 38 2 .451 1056 1389 1899 2016
Indiana 76 44 28 4 .605 1756 1266 1912 2015
Maryland 2 1 1 0 .500 62 53 2014 2015
Michigan 60 15 41 4 .283 855 1475 1900 2016
Michigan State 46 23 21 2 .522 891 979 1954 2015
Minnesota 109 46 61 2 .431 1857 2428 1891 2016
Nebraska 6 3 3 0 .500 154 117 2011 2016
Northwestern 77 49 25 3 .656 1982 1135 1900 2016
Ohio State 64 14 47 3 .242 893 1677 1922 2013
Penn State 16 9 7 0 .563 293 392 1993 2012
Purdue 87 38 46 3 .454 1532 1670 1910 2016
Rutgers 1 1 0 0 1.000 14 7 2016 2016
Wisconsin 89 43 44 2 .494 1520 1545 1906 2016
14 Opponents 711 317 369 25 .463 12,866 14,278 1900 2016
  1. The University of Chicago was a Big Ten Conference member from 1896–1946.

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of January 8, 2014[24]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
vs Wyoming vs Northern Illinois vs Miami (OH) vs Northern Illinois at Iowa State
at Iowa State vs Iowa State at Iowa State vs Iowa State
vs North Texas vs Northern Iowa


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