03 Dec

Best Wins in Kirk Ferentz’s Tenure at Iowa

The Highlights of Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa Victories 
Introduction- The Legacy of Kirk Ferentz
Kirk Ferentz is an American Football coach and the head football coach at the University of Iowa (IU), and he has held this position since the 1999 football season. For a while – approximately two years – he was the head football coach of the University of Maine, achieving a record of 12 wins and 21 losses. He served for a time as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. Long before all this, Kirk Ferentz played college football as a linebacker at the University of Connecticut, from 1974 to 1976.

As we can see, he has quite a bit of experience, and that experience was just what Iowa needed. Much of Kirk Ferentz’s renown as a coach comes from his coaching of Iowa University and leading them on the road to glory. Here are some of arguably the best wins Iowa University has ever had since Mr. Ferentz became head coach – ranked.

1. The 2002 Orange Bowl Game (12-2, 8-0 Big Ten)
This match was and is considered by many to be the best game Iowa played in recent years – at least under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa went in hard with a score of 8-0 in the Big Ten and claimed a share of its title. They went in so hard they stole Minnesota’s goalposts, and by a large margin, earned top honors in the Orange Bowl, even though they ultimately didn’t win the Orange Bowl, the 2002 season is still considered by many to be a big win for Iowa.

This game and its Iowa team frankly made history in the world of American College Football. The 2002 season is considered by many fans an incredibly exciting and eventful one, and most importantly one that put Iowa University at a level they hadn’t been in nearly two decades. And one that would pave the way for the next 13 years of success Iowa would enjoy.

2. The 2009 Orange Bowl Game (11-2, 6-2 Big Ten)
This victory is set so far ahead of their 2002 ‘victory’ only by a factor of how monumental this season was for Iowa. Their 2009 squad brought their A-game to the Orange Bowl, starting out 9-0 and rose swiftly to the Top 5 in the polls. They achieved a historic milestone by winning the University’s first major bowl game in over 50 YEARS. Very, very impressive. And it’s all thanks to the flawless coaching and leadership of Kirk Ferentz, and his faith in Iowa’s drive to succeed.

3. The 2004 Capital One Bowl Game (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten)
The last season in which Iowa won the Big Ten championship, the team that brought home the glory also contributed to some of the most incredible moments Iowa team has experienced in the last 20 years. It’s no surprise that such a celebrated and accredited team would win the Capital One Bowl game.

The 2004 season Iowa team was among the most celebrated and likeable teams in recent memory. They were easy to root for, and they won the hearts of fans and newcomers to the world of football alike, and many fans of IU remember this season fondly in their hearts.

5. The 2003 Outback Bowl Game (10-3, 5-3 Big Ten)
Lastly, and fittingly the last 10-win team under Kirk Ferentz’s tenure as the IU head coach, the Outback Bowl game was rather lack-luster for many onlookers, as it didn’t have as many highlights as some of Ferentz’s other teams. They didn’t win any part of the Big Ten titles, but they did come out on top of the Outback Bowl, and their victory over Michigan has become a fond memory many Iowa fans still nurture in their hearts to this day.

30 Nov

Iowa Football’s History in the Rose Bowl

Iowa Hawkeyes football team currently represents the University of Iowa in college football. The Big Ten Conference is something that Iowa has always competed in. Iowa’s membership within the Big Ten Conferences dates back to the late 1800’s.

Iowa is currently an active member of the NCAA. All Hawkeyes games are cuttently played within Iowa City. Iowa’s current athletic advisor-director is Gary Barta. In addition, Kirk Ferentz is the acting coach of Iowa. Ferentz has assumed the responsibility as acting head coach for almost two decades.

Iowa has a Bowl Record of 14-14-1. In addition, the team claimed their first national title back in the late 1950’s. Also, the team has at least 12 Conference titles to their credit. The Heisman Trophy was awarded to Iowa over 70 years ago.

Iowa was successful in claiming Big Ten titles In addition, while Howard Jones was coaching the team they won 20 games in a row which was a major accomplishment for any team.

In 1960 Minnesota was successful in making their way to the Rose Bowl. That year unfortunately Iowa lost to Minnesota with a score of 27-10. Which may have been look upon as a bitter sweet victory in some respects.

In the early 1980’s Iowa prevailed over the Gophers. Which helped Iowa find their into both the Rose and Orange Bowls. Iowa walked away with a 57-0 victory against the bewildered Hawkeyes. Within that same year (1981) , Iowa took full advantage of their excellent field position which lead to an amazing victory of the Huskies. Iowa was able to secure a win with less than 40 seconds remaining in this particular game.

In 1985 Iowa secured a phenomenal victory over Michigan. This particular game took place at Kinick Stadium. This stunning victory enabled Iowa to gain entrance into the 1986 Rose Bowl.

A game which took place in 2005 was a close call to say the least. It looked as if Iowa would certainly prevail once again. However, with just minutes left in the game Iowa lost the game to the Tigers. The final score of this much anticipated 2005 game was 30-35.

A stunning 2008 win for Iowa over Penn State would be the first of a 13 game winning streak for Iowa. Iowa’s victories in 2008 brought the team right into the 2009 season with high expectations of things to come.

In 2015 a “Big Championship Game” took place Iowa vs Michigan. When the game was over Michigan was chosen for the 2015 College Playoff, while Iowa was honored with the opportunity to make a Rose Bowl appearance. Keep in mind this was Iowa’s first Rose Bowl appearance in over 20 years.

There have been many great victories over the years for Iowa as well as other teams. Iowa’s Jerseys are Black and are still worn by many people. In the late 1970’s the Tiger Hawk logo was ultimately created. This logo was seen on Jersey’s as well as Helmets. The infamous black background with an impressive gold stripe now represented Iowa.

The Kinnick Stadium is now home stadium to Iowa. The stadium initially opened back in the late 1920’s. A great many games have been played at this location over the years. Iowa is proud to call Kinnick Stadium their home base. Kinnick Stadium is the 82nd largest stadium in the entire world. Several renovations have taken place at Kinnick since it was first opened.

Iowa’s team song is the “Iowa Fight Song” which is sung by team fans as well as various marching bands. Iowa has adopted “On Iowa” as their school song. The Iowa “Fight Song as well as the school song “On Iowa” will forever be associated with this team which has some great talent which served them well over the years.

27 Nov

Top NFL Players Who Came From Iowa

Top NFL players who came from Iowa

Getting to the NFL is the ultimate dream for any college or high school football player. Not only does it mean that you are the best but it also means fame, recognition and a whole lot of money. The University of Iowa is known to generate its fair share of NFL greats. I’m going to list down what history considers the top NFL players that have come from Iowa.

Number 10

This spot belongs to Aaron Kampman from Cedar Falls. Aaron is not only from University of Iowa he was actually born in Iowa. Aaron Kampman was a 2002 NFL draft pick in the fifth round. Positions he played are DE/DT/LB. He started with the Green Bay Packers and played from 2002 to 2009. Then he had two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2010 to 2011. He was selected for the Pro Bowl two times.

Number 9

Coming in at number 9 is Dallas Clark a tight end who was the 2003 NFL draft first round pick for the Indianapolis Colts. He played for the Colts for 9 seasons from 2003 to 2011. He played one season in 2012 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then had a season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. When the Colts won Super Bowl XLI he was part of the team.

Number 8

Merton Hanks a DB, was the NFL draft pick in 1991. He played with the San Francisco 49ers for eight seasons, then went to the Seattle Seahawks for one season in 1999. He was a member of the 49ers when they won Super bowl 29. He was also chosen for the Pro Bowl selection four times.

Number 7

John Niland, a 1966 NFL draft pick, was a first-round draft pick with the Dallas Cowboys. He is the next top player to come out of Iowa. Niland was with the Dallas Cowboys from 1966 to 1974 for total of nine seasons. He then played one season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975. Niland made it to two Super Bowls with the Cowboys and was part of the winning team for Super Bowl VI.

Number 6

Bob Sanders, a defensive back, was a 2004 NFL second round draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts. He played for seven seasons with the Colts and one season with the San Diego Chargers. In 2007 he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a Pro Bowl selection for two times and a member of the winning Super Bowl team with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Number 5

Jay Hilgenberg was a free agent with the Chicago Bears who played 11 Seasons from 1991 to 1999. Then he went to the Cleveland Browns in 1992 for one season and then jumped to the New Orleans Saints in 1993. When the Bears went to Super Bowl XX he was part of the winning team. Jay is also a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.


Next up is Alex Karras, DT. In 1958 he was the NFL first round draft for the Detroit Lions. Mr. Karras played for the Lions from 1958 to 1970, 12 seasons and he was chosen for the Pro Bowl four times.

Number 3

Andre Tippett, LB, was the second round NFL draft pick in 1982. He went with the New England Patriots and played 11 Seasons from 1982 to 1993. He was a member of the team when they reached Super Bowl XX. He was picked five times for the Pro Bowl selection. And in 2008 Mr Tippett was inducted into the football Hall of Fame.

Number 2

Emlen Tunnell, DB, was undrafted but played for the New York Giants for eleven seasons, from 1948 to 1958. He then went on to play three seasons with the Green Bay Packers in 1959 to 1961. He was in for NFL championship games. He was a part of the winning team for two of them, in 1956 with the Giants and in 1961 with the Packers. He was selected for pro-bowl nine times and in 1967 was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 1

Here’s the one you’ve all been waiting for. Paul Krause, DB, a 1964 second round NFL draft with the Washington Redskins. He played for them for four seasons from 1964 to 1967. He then went on for 12 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings from 1968 to 1979. While he was a member of the Vikings he was part of the team that went to the Super Bowl four times. He was picked eight times for Pro Bowl selection and is also a 1998 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

09 Sep

Best Players in Iowa Football History

Emlen Tunnel – Defensive Back

Emlen Tunnel is my choice for the greatest Iowa Hawkeye in history. In two seasons for the Hawkeyes he started at quarterback, halfback and on defense; leading the team in passing in 1946 and receiving in 1947. Tunnel joined the NFL’s New York Giants in 1948, where he played for 11 years, before finishing his career in Green Bay under Vince Lombardi in 1961. When it was all said and done he had set the record for career interceptions (79: a record which stood until another member of this list broke it), nine Pro Bowls, two championships and a spot in the Hall of Fame, the first by an African-American.

Nile Kinnick – Halfback

Nile Kinnick came to Iowa in 1936 during one of the worst periods in the school’s football history. Despite Kinnick’s talented play, the team struggled in his freshman and sophomore years. Entering his junior season, Kinnick injured his ankle in the preseason and played through pain the entire year. Later reports indicated that the ankle might have actually been broken but Kinnick still managed an All-Big-Ten honorable mention. 1939 became one for the books when Kinnick, the now senior leader, lead the team to a 6-1-1 record while throwing for 638 yards with 11 touchdowns and rushing for 374 yards with 5 scores. A First-Team-All-American and Big Ten MVP, Kinnick won the only Heisman Trophy in Iowa’s history.

Paul Krause – Safety

Paul Krause started at both defensive back and wide receiver while at Iowa, tying the school’s record for touchdown passes in his senior year. Drafted by the Washington Redskins, he made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season after posting 12 interceptions. Krause hawked 28 balls in his first four seasons with Washington but was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. Krause appeared in four Super Bowls with the Vikings and only missed two games in his 16 NFL seasons. In 1979 he broke Emlen Tunnel’s interception record and set the new mark at 81, cementing his place in the Hall of Fame.

Chuck Long – Quarterback

Chuck Long is widely regarded as the best quarterback to ever play for Iowa. I can’t name anyone other than Long for the title considering how he lit up the scoreboard from the moment he took the field as a freshman. By the end of his sophomore year he owned nearly every school passing record. In his junior year Long finished seventh in the Heisman voting. In 1985, Long’s senior year, the Hawkeyes held the #1 ranking in the nation for a good portion of the season. Though Long lost his final game for Iowa in the 1986 Rose Bowl, he led the team to four winning seasons and holds one of the best completion percentages of any college football player. He finished second behind Bo Jackson for the Heisman.

Bob Sanders – Strong Safety

No list of memorable Hawkeyes is complete without Bob “The Hitman” Sanders. I remember the 5’8’’ Sanders best for playing with reckless abandon, routinely separating ball from ball carrier. Sanders brought a special kind of violence to the game and, in his final home game as a senior captain, he made 16 tackles and forced three fumbles. Sanders went on to win a Super Bowl and NFL Defensive Player of the Year award with the Indianapolis Colts despite his oft injured professional career.

Honorable Mentions: Shonn Greene, Dallas Clark, Chad Greenway, Robert Gallery and Tim Dwight