Iowa Hawkeyes
2024 Iowa Hawkeyes football team
First season1889; 135 years ago
Athletic directorBeth Goetz
Head coachKirk Ferentz
25th season, 196–119 (.622)
StadiumNile Kinnick Stadium
(capacity: 69,251)
FieldDuke Slater Field
Field surfaceField Turf
LocationIowa City, Iowa
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Past conferencesWIUFA (1892–1896)
Missouri Valley (1907–1908)
All-time record693–576–39 [1] (.545)
Bowl record20–18–1 (.526)
Claimed national titles5 (1921, 1922, 1956, 1958, 1960)[2]
Conference titles13 (11 Big Ten, 1 MVIAA, 1 WIUFA)
Division titles3 (2015, 2021, 2023)
RivalriesIowa State (rivalry)
Minnesota (rivalry)
Nebraska (rivalry)
Wisconsin (rivalry)
Heisman winnersNile Kinnick – 1939
Consensus All-Americans33
Current uniform
ColorsBlack and gold[3]
Fight songIowa Fight Song
MascotHerky the Hawk
Marching bandHawkeye Marching Band

The Iowa Hawkeyes football program represents the University of Iowa in college football. The Hawkeyes compete in the West division of the Big Ten Conference. Iowa joined the Conference (then known as the Western Conference or Big Nine) in 1899 and played their first Conference football season in 1900. They are a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Hawkeyes play their home games in Iowa City, Iowa, at Kinnick Stadium, with a capacity of 69,250. The Hawkeyes are coached by Kirk Ferentz, who is in his 25th season as the head coach and is the longest current tenured head coach in NCAA Division I FBS. The Hawkeyes have won 13 conference championships (including 11 in the Big Ten). Iowa has been ranked #1 in the AP and Coaches Poll 15 times.

History of the team

Main article: History of Iowa Hawkeyes football

See also: List of Iowa Hawkeyes football seasons

Early history

Iowa plays Nebraska on November 25, 1916.

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. Beginning in 1892, Iowa played for six seasons as a member of the Western Interstate University Football Association against three other Midwestern flagship state universities. In 1899, again playing as an independent, 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 finished another undefeated season and won a share of the Western Conference title in their first year of conference play. In 1907, Iowa helped form the new Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association with the other three university members of the former WIUFA and participated in football in the new league, while retaining its existing membership in the Western Conference. Iowa tied for the league championship in the first season of competition, but would leave the conference soon thereafter to return to sole competition in the Western Conference.[4]

Howard Jones era and 1920s

Iowa claimed consecutive Big Ten titles in 1921 and 1922, and were recognized as national champions in those years. The Hawkeyes won 20 straight games in the early 1920s under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Howard Jones. But 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 Walter Jessup professed not to know why the faculty committee voted to expel the university. Suspicions of player compensation and Iowa's inaction to address alleged ethics violations appear to have been the main cause.[5] 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.[6]

Eddie Anderson era (1939–1942, 1946–1949)

Little was expected of Iowa's 1939 team based upon its overall record in the decade, but led by their new coach Eddie Anderson the team exceeded expectations and had a glorious run. Nicknamed the "Ironmen" because a small number of players shouldered the brunt of the time played, the 1939 Hawkeyes scored several upset victories and vaulted into the national rankings. Though Iowa fell a game short of winning the Big Ten title, team MVP Nile Kinnick won almost every major national award, including the 1939 Heisman Trophy.

Forest Evashevski era (1952–1960)

Coach Forest Evashevski

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

Main article: 1960 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

In 1960 the Hawkeyes held on to the No. 1 ranking for much of the season. The Hawkeyes defeated No. 8 Ohio State, No. 15 Michigan State, and No. 10 Purdue. Iowa lost to rival No. 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 No. 2 ranking in the Coaches' Poll and a No. 3 ranking in the AP. Minnesota went on to win the National Championship, as the final AP poll was conducted before their Rose Bowl loss to Washington. This season is known as the "Forgotten Season",[citation needed] for despite ending the season with a No. 2/3 ranking and a share of the Big Ten title, the Hawks were left out of January play.

1960s and 70s

Evashevski's departure from the sidelines began a two-decade downturn in Iowa's fortunes. Jerry Burns coached from 1961 though 1965. He had a 16–27–2 record. His first team finished 5–4, which would be Iowa's last winning record for 20 years. Ray Nagel followed from 1966 to 1970 with a 16–32–2 record. A 3-3-2 record in 1963 and consecutive 5–5 records in 1968 and 1969 would be the Hawks' only non-losing records from 1962 to 1980. Frank Lauterbur followed, coaching from 1971 to 1973 with a 4–28–1 record, with a 0–11 record in 1973. Bob Commings coached the Hawkeyes from 1974 to 1978. His record was 18 wins and 37 losses.

Hayden Fry era (1979–1998)

Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry was hired after the 1978 season[7] to reverse Iowa's fortunes. Considering the awful state of the program upon his arrival, Fry didn't take long to return the Hawkeyes to respectability. In his third year, Fry led the Hawkeyes to their first winning season in 21 years, a share of the Big Ten title, and a berth in the Rose Bowl–only the third bowl appearance in school history. He had vowed to resign if he didn't get the Hawkeyes to a bowl within four years.

Fry would go on to lead the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten titles (one outright, two shared) and 14 bowl games (including two more Rose Bowls in 1986 and 1991). His best team was the 1985 unit, which won a then school-record 10 games and garnered Iowa's first outright Big Ten title in 27 years. That team spent most of October ranked No. 1 in both major polls, the highest they had been ranked that far into the season in two decades. Among the legacies that Fry left behind is the now iconic Tiger Hawk logo and a widely reviled pink visitors' locker room (better to "calm" the opponents). Fry retired in 1998, turning the program over to his former assistant Kirk Ferentz.

Kirk Ferentz era (1999–present)

Coach Kirk Ferentz talking to players during a 2013 game

Ferentz led Iowa to three consecutive top-10 finishes from 2002 to 2004 and two Big Ten titles. The Hawkeyes have been invited to 19 bowl games in the past 21 seasons, and in 33 bowl games over the last 40 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 (2003, 2010) and the 2016 Rose Bowl. Iowa has cracked the Top 25 at the end of the season ten times during the Kirk Ferentz era – No. 8 in 2002, 2003, and 2004, No. 20 in 2008, No. 7 in 2009, No. 9 in 2015, No. 25 in 2018, No. 15 in 2019, No.16 in 2020, and No. 23 in 2021. Under Ferentz, Iowa has won the Big Ten West division three times (2015, 2021 & 2023).

Conference affiliations

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National championships

Iowa has been selected national champion five times by NCAA-designated major selectors, in 1921, 1922, 1956, 1958, and 1960.[8]: 111, 113  Iowa claims national championships for all five seasons.[9]

Iowa finished the 1958 regular season ranked No. 2 in the polls and won the 1959 Rose Bowl convincingly, 38–12, setting or tying six Rose Bowl records. The major wire-services, AP Poll and Coaches' Poll, had named Louisiana State as national champions at the end of the regular season.[10][11] The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awarded the Grantland Rice Trophy and their national championship to Iowa after the bowl games were played.[12]

Iowa has never finished a season ranked No. 1 in either the AP or Coaches' Poll.[13]

Season Coach Selectors Record Final AP Final Coaches
1921 Howard Jones Billingsley, Parke Davis 7–0
1922 Howard Jones Billingsley 7–0
1956 Forest Evashevski Football Research 9–1 No. 3 No. 3
1958 Forest Evashevski Football Writers[12] 8–1–1 No. 2 No. 2
1960 Forest Evashevski Berryman, Boand, Litkenhous, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELO-Chess) 8–1 No. 3 No. 2

Conference championships

Iowa has won 13 conference championships in school history, eight shared and five outright, winning 11 with the Big Ten and 2 in other conferences.[14]

Season Coach Conference Conference Record Overall Record
1896 Alfred E. Bull Western Interstate University Football Association 3–0–1 7–1–1
1900 Alden Knipe Big Ten Conference 2–0–1 7–0–1
1907 Mark Catlin Sr. Big Eight Conference/Missouri Valley Conference 1–0 3–2
1921 Howard Jones Big Ten Conference 5–0 7–0
1922 Howard Jones Big Ten Conference 5–0 7–0
1956 Forest Evashevski Big Ten Conference 5–1 9–1
1958 Forest Evashevski Big Ten Conference 5–1 8–1–1
1960 Forest Evashevski Big Ten Conference 5–1 8–1
1981 Hayden Fry Big Ten Conference 6–2 8–4
1985 Hayden Fry Big Ten Conference 7–1 10–2
1990 Hayden Fry Big Ten Conference 6–2 8–4
2002 Kirk Ferentz Big Ten Conference 8–0 11–2
2004 Kirk Ferentz Big Ten Conference 7–1 10–2

† Co-champions

‡ Iowa was a member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1907-1911 in addition to their membership in the Big Ten. In 1928, the MVIAA split in two: the Big Six (which officially retained the MVIAA name; would become the Big Eight in later years) and the Missouri Valley Conference (which retained the MVIAA administrative team). Since both leagues claim the same history from 1907 until the 1928 split, conference champions during that time are listed as conference champions of the respective leagues.

Division championships

Iowa has three Big Ten division championships.

Season Division Opponent CG Result
2015 Big Ten – West Michigan State L 13–16
2021 Michigan L 3–42
2023 Michigan L 0–26

Bowl games

Iowa has appeared in 36 bowl games, including 34 bowl games since 1981. In bowl games, Iowa has a 18–17–1 record.[15] The team also accepted a bid to the 2020 Music City Bowl, which was subsequently canceled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 on the opposing team.[16]

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1956 Forest Evashevski Rose Bowl Oregon State W 35–19
1958 Forest Evashevski Rose Bowl California W 38–12
1981 Hayden Fry Rose Bowl Washington L 0–28
1982 Hayden Fry Peach Bowl Tennessee W 28–22
1983 Hayden Fry Gator Bowl Florida L 6–14
1984 Hayden Fry Freedom Bowl Texas W 55–17
1985 Hayden Fry Rose Bowl UCLA L 28–45
1986 Hayden Fry Holiday Bowl San Diego State W 39–38
1987 Hayden Fry Holiday Bowl Wyoming W 20–19
1988 Hayden Fry Peach Bowl North Carolina State L 23–28
1990 Hayden Fry Rose Bowl Washington L 34–46
1991 Hayden Fry Holiday Bowl BYU T 13–13
1993 Hayden Fry Alamo Bowl California L 3–37
1995 Hayden Fry Sun Bowl Washington W 38–18
1996 Hayden Fry Alamo Bowl Texas Tech W 27–0
1997 Hayden Fry Sun Bowl Arizona State L 7–17
2001 Kirk Ferentz Alamo Bowl Texas Tech W 19–16
2002 Kirk Ferentz Orange Bowl USC L 17–38
2003 Kirk Ferentz Outback Bowl Florida W 37–17
2004 Kirk Ferentz Capital One Bowl LSU W 30–25
2005 Kirk Ferentz Outback Bowl Florida L 24–31
2006 Kirk Ferentz Alamo Bowl Texas L 24–26
2008 Kirk Ferentz Outback Bowl South Carolina W 31–10
2009 Kirk Ferentz Orange Bowl Georgia Tech W 24–14
2010 Kirk Ferentz Insight Bowl Missouri W 27–24
2011 Kirk Ferentz Insight Bowl Oklahoma L 14–31
2013 Kirk Ferentz Outback Bowl LSU L 14–21
2014 Kirk Ferentz TaxSlayer Bowl Tennessee L 28–45
2015 Kirk Ferentz Rose Bowl Stanford L 16–45
2016 Kirk Ferentz Outback Bowl Florida L 3–30
2017 Kirk Ferentz Pinstripe Bowl Boston College W 27–20
2018 Kirk Ferentz Outback Bowl Mississippi State W 27–22
2019 Kirk Ferentz Holiday Bowl USC W 49–24
2021 Kirk Ferentz Citrus Bowl Kentucky L 17–20
2022 Kirk Ferentz Music City Bowl Kentucky W 21–0
2023 Kirk Ferentz Citrus Bowl Tennessee L 0–35

Head coaches

Main article: List of Iowa Hawkeyes head football coaches

Coach Season Games Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Alfred E. Bull (1896) 1 9 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
Kirk Ferentz (1999–present) 25 315 196 119 0 .622
Hayden Fry (1979–1998) 20 238 143 89 6 .613
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 Anderson ^ (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

^ 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. They have had 25 total head coaches in their program's history.


Iowa State

Main article: Iowa–Iowa State football rivalry

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 that the tradition of the Cy-Hawk Trophy began, when the Des Moines Athletic Club donated a trophy dedicated to the rivalry. It was quickly dubbed the "Cy-Hawk Trophy". Iowa leads the trophy series 31–15, and the overall series 47–23 through the 2023 season.[17] The game is currently held in early September near Patriot Day.


Main article: Iowa–Minnesota football rivalry

Iowa plays Minnesota annually for the Floyd of Rosedale, which is Iowa's oldest trophy game that began in 1935. The teams' first meeting was in 1891. 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 leads the trophy series 44–43–2 while Minnesota leads the overall series 63–52–2 through the 2023 season.[18]


Main article: Iowa–Nebraska football rivalry

Iowa plays Nebraska annually for the Heroes Trophy, which began when Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011. Since the inauguration of the series as a conference game, the game has been played on the Friday following Thanksgiving. Iowa leads the trophy series 9–4, while Nebraska leads the overall series 30–21–3 through the 2023 season.[19]


Main article: Iowa-Wisconsin football rivalry

Iowa has played Wisconsin for the Heartland Trophy since 2004. The teams' first meeting was in 1894. Wisconsin leads the trophy series at 10–8 and the overall series 49–46–2 through the 2023 season.[20]

Logos and uniforms

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1910s football uniform

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.[21] 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 pants and jersey stripes.

The Hawkeyes have removed the Tiger Hawk helmet logo and the single yellow gold stripe from their game helmets on five 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.[22] 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.[23] Third came 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.[24] Fourth was September 12, 2015, when they honored Tyler Sash, former Iowa Safety and NFL Veteran, who had died on September 8, 2015.[25] To honor Sash, one Tiger Hawk was replaced with a large, gold "#9" a tribute to the jersey number Sash wore while he played at Iowa. The Tiger Hawk was removed for a fifth time during the 2019 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California to honor the passing of former Iowa Hawkeye football coach, Hayden Fry.[22] The Hawkeyes have won all five memorial games.

The Iowa Athletic Director has okayed only seven stickers on the helmets from 1985 to the present. The first was in 1985, when a gold disk appeared, with the black letters "ANF", which stands for America Needs Farmers. This sticker had remained in place until 1992 when the NCAA required teams to remove 'excessive' decals. However, it was brought back by head coach Kirk Ferentz in 2009 and has remained in place since. 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 Evashevski, 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 was 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. Fifth was 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. Another decal was commissioned to honor former Polk County deputy sheriff Ron Stewart died on October 9, 2016, at the age of 76. Stewart volunteered his time providing security for the Iowa Football team at home and road games from 1982 to 2014. For the remainder of the season, the Hawkeyes wore a decal on the back of their helmets bearing his initials "RS" within a sheriff's badge in his memory.[citation needed] Most recently, a special helmet decal was worn to honor former Iowa Hawkeye football player Damon Bullock, who died at the age of 25 in March 2019. For the 2019 season opener, the Hawkeyes wore a gold circle with black lettering detailing "DB5" on the back of their helmets, a nod to Bullock's playing number from 2011-2014, in addition to a gold graduation cap, honoring the team's recent graduates.[26]

Kinnick Stadium

Kinnick Stadium

Main article: Kinnick Stadium

Nile 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 Nile 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 holds 69,250 people,[27] making it the 25th largest college football stadium in America and the 82nd largest sports stadium in the world.

Notable games

1953: No. 20 Iowa vs No. 1 Notre Dame

Main article: 1953 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

On Nov. 21, 1953, an undefeated No. 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 No. 20 before the game, jumped teams with better records to gain the No. 9 ranking. Varrichione has since admitted that the injuries were fake, in Steve Delsohn's book, Talking Irish: The Oral History Of Notre Dame Football. In addition, Notre Dame Heisman winner Johnny Lattner praised his team's tactics calling it "Pretty smart thinking, wasn't it?".[28] Because of this game, the NCAA changed the rules making players sit out at least one down before returning to the game.

1956: No. 6 Ohio State at No. 7 Iowa

Main article: 1956 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

On November 17, Iowa (ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll) defeated Ohio State (ranked No. 6), 6–0, before a crowd of 57,732 at Iowa Stadium. Ohio State went into the game with the second best rushing attack in the country but were held to 147 rushing yards, their lowest rushing yardage total in two years. The result broke Ohio State's winning streak of 17 games against conference opponents and clinched for Iowa the conference championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl. After time expired, Iowa fans hauled down the goal posts and paraded through Iowa City.[29]

1957 Rose Bowl: No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 10 Oregon State

Main article: 1957 Rose Bowl

Aided by three rushing touchdowns, the Big Ten Champion Iowa Hawkeyes got off to a 21–6 start at the half. After the half, Iowa scored two more touchdowns and beat Oregon State 35–19. With the victory, Iowa won their first Rose Bowl Game in program history. Quarterback Ken Ploen was the game's MVP ending the game with one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown.

1959 Rose Bowl: No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 16 California

Main article: 1959 Rose Bowl

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 (eventually winning by a final margin of 38–12). With their win in the Rose Bowl in 1959, the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes (8–1–1) won the Grantland Rice Trophy (in recognition of the national champion) as awarded by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) following the bowl games.

No. 1 Louisiana State (11–0) was crowned national champions in both major polls, AP and Coaches', before the bowl games were played. The LSU Tigers went on to claim a shutout victory in the Sugar Bowl over No. 12 Clemson.

1981: No. 7 Nebraska at Iowa

Main article: 1981 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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.[30]

"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."[31]

1985: No. 2 Michigan at No. 1 Iowa

Main article: 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The Hawkeyes trailed 10–9 late in the fourth quarter, in what may be considered the greatest game 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.[32]

2005 Capital One Bowl: No. 11 Iowa vs. No. 12 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.[33]

2008: No. 3 Penn State at Iowa

Main article: 2008 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions came into the game ranked No. 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 sack-fumble on 3rd down during its 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.

2010 Orange Bowl: No. 9 Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 Iowa

Main article: 2010 Orange Bowl

The game pitted the ACC Champion Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against No. 10 Iowa. On Iowa's second drive of the game, quarterback Ricky Stanzi drove the Hawkeyes 80 yards, culminating in a 3-yard touchdown pass to Marvin McNutt, putting Iowa on top 7–0. Iowa scored another touchdown on their next drive, following a Georgia Tech punt, with Stanzi hitting Colin Sandeman for 21 yards, extending the Hawkeyes lead to 14–0. On the ensuing drive, GT punted for the third time in a row. On Iowa's next drive, Stanzi was intercepted by Jerrard Tarrant who returned the pick for a touchdown, cutting Iowa's lead to 14–7. Georgia Tech received the ball at the start of the second half. Iowa took over on downs after Georgia Tech missed a 41-yard field goal. On Iowa's next drive, they extended their lead by three thanks to a 33-yard field goal from kicker Daniel Murray. At the start of the 4th Quarter, Iowa had a 17–7 lead. This lead was cut when Georgia Tech drove down the field for its first and only offensive touchdown of the game. The touchdown cut Iowa's lead to 17–14. However, Iowa running back Brandon Wegher sealed the win for the Hawkeyes with his 32-yard rushing touchdown late in the 4th Quarter. Iowa beat Georgia Tech by a final score of 24–14.

The win marked the first BCS Bowl win for the Iowa program (Iowa had won two Rose Bowls prior to the formation of the BCS). The win also marked Iowa's first Orange Bowl victory. Iowa is one of only five Big Ten teams to compete in and win an Orange Bowl.

2016: No. 2 Michigan at Iowa

Main article: 2016 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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 No. 1 scoring defense and the No. 3 scoring offense in the country. A week after being humbled 41–14 at Penn State, in the midst of a three-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 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 in the 14–13 win.

With Clemson and Washington both losing, this marked only the second time No. 2, No. 3, and No. 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 No. 1 Iowa's 12–10 win over No. 2 Michigan.

2017: No. 3 Ohio State at Iowa

Main article: 2017 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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Iowa entered this matchup against the 7–1 Buckeyes with a 5–3 record. At kickoff, the Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the nation and although the game was being played at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium, Ohio State was a 21-point favorite to win. Early on, it was an even contest as the teams traded scores on their way to a 17–17 midway through the second quarter. However, in the last 3 minutes of the first half, Iowa TE Noah Fant was on the receiving end of two Nate Stanley TD passes, sending Iowa into the locker room with a 31–17 lead. The second half belonged to the Hawkeyes as they sliced through the Ohio State defense on TD drives of 78, 60 and 47 yards on their way to a resounding 55–24 win. Notable performances from the game were five TD passes by Iowa QB Nathan Stanley, Iowa CB Joshua Jackson's 3 interceptions, Iowa RB Akrum Wadley rushing for 118 yards on 20 carries (5.9) and Ohio State QB J. T. Barrett throwing four INT's along with three TD's. On the day Iowa racked up a total of 487 yards against an Ohio State defense that came into the game only allowing 302 yards per contest. Many pundits remarked after the season that the lop-sided loss to Iowa was the reason that Ohio State was excluded from the College Football Playoff, even though the Buckeyes had won the Big Ten championship.[34]

2019: No. 8 Minnesota at No. 20 Iowa

Main article: 2019 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The Hawkeyes entered this game following a close road loss (24–22) at Wisconsin. Minnesota, on the other hand, was coming in with an undefeated 9–0 record and just off a home win against then-undefeated Penn State.[35]

However, the Gophers' undefeated season would end during this match, as they fell 23–19 to the Hawkeyes, despite a late comeback rally. Iowa kept the Gophers outside the end zone for two quarters, forcing two Gopher field goals. At the end of the half, the Hawkeyes were up 20–6. The Gophers would respond mightily in the second half, both on offense and defense, outscoring their opponent 13–3 with two touchdowns, one in the third and one in the fourth quarter. They forced a turnover late in the fourth quarter with a chance to win the game, but back to back sacks on first and second down sidelined quarterback Tanner Morgan with an injury, and Cole Kramer had to step in on a 3rd down and 21. His hail mary attempt was ultimately intercepted by Riley Moss, clinching the Hawkeyes' upset.[36]

Minnesota would clinch the Big Ten West and play Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship if they won this match, even if they were to later fall to Wisconsin in the season finale, since the Badgers had two conference losses. However, this loss opened the door for Wisconsin to regain a shot at winning the West, which they were able to pull off by upsetting the Gophers on the road.[37]

This was also the first of four straight wins for Iowa to end the season. Many pundits called them the "strongest 3-loss team in the country" prior to the game, as they lost in three road games by a total of 14 points.[38] Since 2008, Iowa is 5–1 against AP-top 10 teams at home, their lone loss coming in 2017 to Penn State on a touchdown pass as the clock expired.[39]

2021: No. 3 Iowa vs No. 4 Penn State

Main article: 2021 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

Extending from the previous season, Penn State was on a 10 game winning streak and Iowa was on a 12 game winning streak. Both teams were ranked in the Top 5 and Fox's Big Noon Kickoff came to Iowa City for the game.

Penn State jumped out to an early 17-3 lead before Iowa closed the gap to 7 by the end of the half. In the 3rd Quarter Penn State would extend the lead to 20–10, but the Nittany Lions would not score again in the game. Iowa would again close the gap to 7 points with a field goal to close out scoring in the 3rd Quarter. Iowa scored another field goal and a touchdown in the 4th Quarter which was enough to give Iowa the 24–20 win. After the game, Iowa extended its season record to 6–0 and obtained its third win over a ranked team in the early season. As a result of Alabama's loss to Texas A&M, Iowa would go on to be ranked #2 in the AP and Coaches Poll the following week.



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.[40] This became known as "The Swarm."


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 19th century historical novel The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper; it was later used in its plural form to describe the people of the state of Iowa. The University of Iowa adopted this as the nickname for its athletic teams.

Hawkeye Marching Band

Hawkeye Marching Band

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.

Kinnick Wave

In 2017, Hawkeyes fans created what ESPN called "college football's coolest new tradition". In February of that year, the university's children's hospital, which has long had a close relationship with the Iowa football program, opened a new 12-story building across the street from Kinnick Stadium, with the top few floors featuring an unobstructed view of the playing field.[41] The top floor of the hospital features the Press Box Café, a lounge area with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the field that is reserved for patients and their families on Hawkeyes game days, with big-screen TVs available when Iowa plays on the road.[41][42] Following a suggestion posted to a Hawkeyes fan page on Facebook, by Iowan Krista Young, fans now face the hospital and wave to the children and their families at the end of the first quarter of every home game. For home night games, the first of which was against Penn State on September 23, 2017, "The Wave" features fans waving with their cell phone flashlights turned on.[42] Two weeks after the Penn State game, with the Hawkeyes at home against Illinois, the Hawkeye Marching Band joined in this new tradition, forming a hand moving side-to-side and "waving" at the children during its halftime show.[43] The Wave was even seen in the offseason—on February 15, 2018, inspired by a suggestion from nurses at the children's hospital, the stadium's maintenance crew created a pattern of a waving hand in snow that was covering the playing field. At least one patient was reported to have seen the crew creating the design, and upon completion, the crew went into the Press Box Café to see their final product.[44]

The tradition has even spread beyond the Iowa fan base. With Iowa playing at Michigan State on September 30, ESPN's College GameDay aired a six-minute feature on The Wave, followed by the feature's reporter, Tom Rinaldi, leading the crowd at the Virginia Tech campus in a wave of their own.[45] A few hours later at the end of the first quarter of the Iowa–Michigan State game, Spartans fans joined in The Wave with visiting Iowa fans.[46]

Disney Sports announced it would present the Iowa football program with its Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, which annually goes to college football's most inspirational figure on November 20, 2017. The award was presented to the University of Iowa for The Wave on ESPN on December 7, 2017.[47]

Honors and awards

Main article: List of Iowa Hawkeyes football honorees

Final Rankings

Since the 2023 season, Iowa has been ranked in the final Associated Press poll 26 times and the Coaches 25 times. The Hawkeyes have finished the season ranked in the Top 10 in the Associated Press poll 13 times. The 1940s and 1970s are the only decades that the Iowa Hawkeyes have not had a team finish in the Associated Press poll Top 10 since the poll's inception in 1936.

Year AP Ranking Coaches Poll Ranking Record
1939 No. 9 NR 6–1-1
1953 No. 9 No. 10 5-3-1
1955 NR No. 19 3-5-1
1956 No. 3 No. 3 9-1-0
1957 No. 6 No. 5 7-1-1
1958 No. 2 No. 2 8-1-1
1960 No. 3 No. 2 8-1-0
1981 No. 18 No. 15 8-4-0
1983 No. 14 No. 14 9-3-0
1984 No. 16 No. 15 8-4-1
1985 No. 10 No. 9 10-2-0
1986 No. 16 No. 15 9-3-0
1987 No. 16 No. 16 10-3-0
1990 No. 18 No. 16 8-4-0
1991 No. 10 No. 10 10-1-1
1995 No. 25 No. 22 8-4-0
1996 No. 18 No. 18 9-3
2002 No. 8 No. 8 11–2
2003 No. 8 No. 8 10–3
2004 No. 8 No. 8 10–2
2008 No. 20 No. 20 9–4
2009 No. 7 No. 7 11–2
2015 No. 9 No. 10 12–2
2018 No. 25 NR 9–4
2019 No. 15 No. 15 10–3
2020 No. 16 No. 15 6–2
2021 No. 23 No. 23 10–4
2023 No. 24 No. 22 10–4

The Hawkeyes have also been ranked in the final College Football Playoff Rankings five times since its inception in 2014.

Year CFP Ranking Record
2015 No. 5 12–2
2019 No. 16 10–3
2020 No. 15 6–2
2021 No. 15 10–4
2023 No. 17 10–4

First team All-Americans

An Iowa player has been selected as a Consensus All-Americans 33 times, with 31 players having been honored as such (two players Cal Jones and Larry Station received the honor twice). A total of 15 Hawkeyes have been named as unanimous All-American.

Consensus All-Americans
Name Position Year.
Lester Belding End 1919
Aubrey Devine QB 1921
Gordon Locke FB 1922
Nile Kinnick HB 1939
Cal Jones G 1954, 1955
Alex Karras DT 1957
Randy Duncan QB 1958
Reggie Roby P 1981
Andre Tippett LB 1981
Larry Station LB 1984, 1985
Chuck Long QB 1985
Marv Cook TE 1988
Leroy Smith DE 1991
Tim Dwight KR 1997
Jared DeVries DE 1998
Dallas Clark TE 2002
Eric Steinbach G 2002
Robert Gallery T 2003
Nate Kaeding PK 2003
Shonn Greene HB 2008
Adrian Clayborn DE 2010
Brandon Scherff T 2014
Desmond King DB 2015
Josey Jewell LB 2017
Josh Jackson DB 2017
Keith Duncan PK 2019
Daviyon Nixon DT 2020
Tyler Linderbaum C 2021
Jack Campbell LB 2022
Cooper DeJean DB 2023
Tory Taylor P 2023
Unanimous All-Americans
Name Position Year
Randy Duncan QB 1958
Chuck Long QB 1985
Larry Station LB 1985
Dallas Clark TE 2002
Robert Gallery T 2003
Shonn Greene HB 2008
Brandon Scherff T 2014
Desmond King DB 2015
Josey Jewell LB 2017
Josh Jackson DB 2017
Daviyon Nixon DT 2020
Tyler Linderbaum C 2021
Jack Campbell LB 2022
Cooper DeJean DB 2023
Tory Taylor P 2023

Kinnick Stadium Wall of Honor

In 2013, Iowa introduced the Kinnick Stadium Wall of Honor. Players inducted into the Kinnick Wall of Honor have their name and number placed on the Kinnick Stadium Press Box.

Wall of Honor Members
Name Position Number
Duke Slater T 15
Aubrey Devine QB 1
Gordon Locke FB 1
Nile Kinnick HB 24
Cal Jones G 62
Alex Karras DT 77
Randy Duncan QB 25
Chuck Long QB 16
Larry Station LB 36
Andre Tippett LB 99
Robert Gallery G 78

Individual award winners

National College Football Awards Association

The Hawkeyes have won 17 NCFAA individual player awards. Iowa also won the 2017 Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award in 2015 and Iowa Defensive Coordinator Phil Parker won the Broyles Award in 2023 bringing Iowa's total NCFAA awards to 20.

Other Awards

Coaching award winners

Team awards

Retired numbers

See also: List of NCAA football retired numbers

QB Nile Kinnick, 1939 Heisman Trophy winner and one of the two numbers retired by Iowa
No. Player Position Tenure Ref.
24 Nile Kinnick QB 1936–1939 [48]
62 Cal Jones OG 1952–1955 [48]

Two numbers have been retired by the Hawkeye football program, Nile Kinnick's No. 24 and Cal Jones' No. 62. Both Kinnick and Jones were consensus first team All-Americans, and both men died 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 one of only two Hawkeyes to be named Consensus All-American two times. Jones also finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting, an impressive finish for a lineman.

Hall of Fame

Pro Football Hall of Fame

See also: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Five Hawkeyes have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[49]

Player Position Inducted Teams Ref.
Emlen Tunnell DB 1967 New York Giants, Green Bay Packers [50]
Paul Krause S 1998 Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins [51]
Andre Tippett LB 2008 New England Patriots [52]
Alex Karras DT 2020 Detroit Lions [53]
Duke Slater T 2020 Milwaukee Badgers, Rock Island Independents, Chicago Cardinals [54]
Paul Krause, Hall of Fame safety
Andre Tippett, Hall of Fame linebacker

College Football Hall of Fame

See also: College Football Hall of Fame

Iowa has 16 inductees in the College Football Hall of Fame.[55]

Name Position Tenure Inducted Ref.
Howard Jones Coach 1916–1923 1951 [55]
Duke Slater T 1918–1921 1951 [55]
Nile Kinnick QB 1936–1939 1951 [55]
Gordon Locke FB 1920–1922 1960 [55]
Eddie Anderson Coach 1939–1949 1971 [55]
Aubrey Devine QB 1919–1921 1973 [55]
Slip Madigan Coach 1943–1944 1974 [55]
Cal Jones G 1952–1955 1980 [55]
Alex Karras DT 1954–1957 1981 [55]
Randy Duncan QB 1956–1958 1997 [55]
Chuck Long QB 1981–1985 1999 [55]
Forest Evashevski Coach 1952–1960 2000 [55]
Hayden Fry Coach 1979–1998 2003 [55]
Larry Station LB 1982–1985 2009 [55]
Andre Tippett DE 1979–1982 2021 [56]
Robert Gallery G 1999-2003 2023 [57]

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

See also: Rose Bowl Hall of Fame

The Rose Bowl has inducted four Iowa coaches and players into the Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame.[58]

Name Position Tenure Inducted Ref.
Bump Elliott Assistant coach
Athletic director
1989 [59]
Bob Jeter HB 1956–1959 1994 [59]
Ken Ploen QB 1953–1956 1997 [59]
Hayden Fry Head coach 1979–1998 2010 [59]

Iowa and the NFL

First round NFL draft picks

Iowa has had at least one player drafted in every NFL Draft since 1978. Through the 2020 NFL Draft, Iowa has had 294 draft picks. 254 in the NFL, 21 in the AFL, and 7 in the AAFC (the AFC and AAFC both merged with the NFL). and 83 players have gone in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. Iowa has had 26 first round NFL Draft selections:[60]

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
2019 T. J. Hockenson Detroit Lions 8th
2019 Noah Fant Denver Broncos 20th
2020 Tristan Wirfs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13th
2022 Tyler Linderbaum Baltimore Ravens 25th
2023 Lukas Van Ness Green Bay Packers 13th
2023 Jack Campbell Detroit Lions 18th

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of June 28, 2022[61]

2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Aug 31 vs Illinois State Aug 30 vs Florida Atlantic Sep 5 vs Northern Illinois Sep 4 vs Ball State Sep 16 vs Western Michigan Sep 15 vs Northern Illinois
Sep 7 vs Iowa State Sep 6 at Iowa State Sep 12 vs Iowa State Sep 11 at Iowa State vs TBD vs TBD
Sep 14 vs Troy Nov 15 vs UMass Sep 19 vs Northern Iowa vs TBD vs TBD vs TBD


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