The 1891 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa during the 1891 college football season. It ended in controversy. Following victories over Cornell College and Nebraska, and losses to Minnesota and Iowa College, the Hawkeyes were 2–2 heading into their final game against Kansas in Kansas City, Missouri. Following an argument where Kansas argued that Iowa had not put the ball into play fairly, the Jayhawks left the field claiming a 14–12 victory. However, the game was not called until after the next play, when Iowa scored an uncontested touchdown. Today, Iowa lists the game as an 18–14 Hawkeye victory.
|1891 Iowa Hawkeyes football|
|Home stadium||Iowa Field|
|1891 Midwestern college football independents records|
|Michigan State Normal||–||0||–||2||–||0|
Earlier in the year, two firsts were established in Hawkeye football history. On November 2, the Hawkeyes played rival Minnesota for the first of many times in school history. Later, on November 26, the Hawkeyes played their first game outside the state of Iowa in a win against Nebraska. The game was played in Omaha, Nebraska.
|October 24||Cornell (IA)||W 64–6|
|November 2||Minnesota||L 4–42|
|November 9||at Iowa College||Grinnell, IA||L 4–6|
|November 26||vs. Nebraska||Omaha, NE (rivalry)||W 22–0|
|December 5||2:30 p.m.||vs. Kansas||W 18–14‡|||
‡ The outcome of this game is disputed (see above).
- "All-Time Scores". HawkeyeSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
- Lamb, D and McGrane, B, p. 5.
- "K. U. Vanquished By By[sic] S. U. I." Kansas City Times. Kansas City, Missouri. December 6, 1891. p. 3. Retrieved January 1, 2023 – via Newspapers.com .
- "Both Claim A Victory". The Topeka Daily Capital. Topeka, Kansas. December 6, 1891. p. 3. Retrieved January 1, 2023 – via Newspapers.com .
- "Iowas, 18; Kansas 16". St. Louis Globe-Democrat. St. Louis, Missouri. December 6, 1891. p. 11. Retrieved January 1, 2023 – via Newspapers.com .