1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. Participating as members of the Big Ten Conference, the Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium and were led by legendary coach Hayden Fry.

1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Alamo Bowl champion
Alamo Bowl, W 27–0 vs. Texas Tech
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
APNo. 18
1996 record9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachHayden Fry (18th season)
Offensive coordinatorDon Patterson (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Elliott (1st season)
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,397)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
No. 15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
No. 7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
No. 20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 711:30 AMArizona*No. 22ESPNW 21–2068,267
September 142:30 PMIowa State*No. 21
ABCW 38–1370,397
September 216:00 PMat Tulsa*No. 19ESPN+L 20–2727,788
October 511:00 AMMichigan State
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN+W 37–3070,397
October 121:00 PMat IndianaW 31–1037,154
October 1911:30 AMat No. 10 Penn StateESPN2W 21–2096,230
October 262:30 PMNo. 2 Ohio StateNo. 20
ABCL 26–3870,397
November 211:00 AMat IllinoisNo. 25ESPN+W 31–2154,381
November 92:30 PMNo. 18 NorthwesternNo. 23
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ABCL 13–4070,397
November 1611:30 AMWisconsin
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA (rivalry)
ESPNW 31–066,570
November 237:30 PMat MinnesotaNo. 24ESPN2W 43–2453,349
December 297:00 PMvs. Texas Tech*No. 21ESPNW 27–055,677

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RosterEdit

1996 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 22 Tavian Banks Jr
FB 85 Michael Burger So
WR 4 Ricchard Carter Jr
WR 6 Tim Dwight Jr
TE 80 Zeron Flemister Fr
WR 18 Damon Gibson Jr
OL 79 Mike Goff Jr
TE 81 Chris Knipper Jr
WR 10 Demo Odems Sr
RB 5 Sedrick Shaw Sr
QB 12 Matt Sherman Jr
RB 31 Rob Thein   Fr
OL 73 Ross Verba Sr
TE 86 Austin Wheatley Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 9 Matt Bowen Fr
DL 94 Jared DeVries So
DE 9 Bill Ennis-Inge Sr
DT 72 Epenesa Epenesa Jr
LB 37 Matt Hughes Sr
DB 8 Tom Knight Sr
DB 3 Damien Robinson Sr
LB 56 Vernon Rollins So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 38 Zach Bromert So
P 46 Nick Gallery Sr
K 20 Brion Hurley Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final 
AP 22 22 22 21 19 RV RV RV RV 20 25 23 RV 24 22 21 21 18 
Coaches 25 RV 21 19 25 19 25 23 22 21 21 18

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Game summariesEdit

ArizonaEdit

Arizona at #22 Iowa
1 234Total
Wildcats 7 0103 20
Hawkeyes 0 1470 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–5 1982 W 15–14

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Iowa StateEdit

Iowa State at #21 Iowa
Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 234Total
Cyclones 0 0130 13
Hawkeyes 7 17140 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–12 1995 W 27–10

Tavian Banks ran for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones for the 14th consecutive time.

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TulsaEdit

#19 Iowa at Tulsa
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 1003 20
Golden Hurricane 10 3140 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1993 W 26–25

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Michigan StateEdit

Michigan State at Iowa
1 234Total
Spartans 17 670 30
Hawkeyes 0 10207 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–14–2 1995 W 21–7

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IndianaEdit

Iowa at Indiana
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 3210 31
Hoosiers 7 030 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–22–4 1995 W 22–13

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Penn StateEdit

Iowa at #10 Penn State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 707 21
Nittany Lions 10 1000 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–9 1995 L 27–41

Highlighted by an electrifying 83-yard punt return touchdown by Tim Dwight (the first of five career punt return touchdowns), the Hawkeyes earned their first road win over a top ten opponent since the 1990 season.

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Ohio StateEdit

#2 Ohio State at #20 Iowa
1 234Total
Buckeyes 17 1470 38
Hawkeyes 3 3614 26
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 2:35 pm CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 70,397
  • Game weather: 70° F, Mostly cloudy, Wind W 12 mph
  • Referee: Dick Honig
  • Television network: ABC
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–36–3 1995 L 35–56

ESPN's College GameDay visited Iowa City for the first time for this matchup between the #2 Buckeyes (6–0) and #20 Hawkeyes (5–1).

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IllinoisEdit

#25 Iowa at Illinois
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 7314 31
Fighting Illini 7 707 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–35–2 1995 L 7–26

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NorthwesternEdit

#18 Northwestern at #23 Iowa
1 234Total
Wildcats 3 101314 40
Hawkeyes 0 706 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–15–3 1995 L 20–31

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WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin vs. Iowa
rivalry game
1 234Total
Badgers 0 000 0
Hawkeyes 10 1470 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–34–2 1995 W 33–20

After this shutout at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes had gone 17–0–1 in an 18-game stretch in the series with the Badgers.

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MinnesotaEdit

#24 Iowa at Minnesota
Battle for Floyd of Rosedale
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 10 71610 43
Golden Gophers 0 1077 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–55–2 1995 W 45–3

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Alamo BowlEdit

Texas Tech vs. #21 Iowa
Alamo Bowl
1 234Total
Red Raiders 0 000 0
Hawkeyes 6 11010 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

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Postseason AwardsEdit

  • Tim Dwight – First-team All-American (All-purpose / kick returners)

Team players in the 1997 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tom Knight Defensive Back 1 9 Arizona Cardinals
Ross Verba Guard 1 30 Green Bay Packers
Sedrick Shaw Running Back 3 61 New England Patriots
Damien Robinson Defensive Back 4 119 Philadelphia Eagles

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Iowa 1996 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Arizona vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 7, 1996. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Iowa State vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 14, 1996. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Iowa vs. Tulsa". USA Today. September 21, 1996. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Michigan State vs. Iowa". USA Today. October 5, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Iowa vs. Indiana". USA Today. October 12, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Iowa vs. Penn State". USA Today. October 19, 1996. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ohio State vs. Iowa". USA Today. October 26, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ohio State 38, Iowa 26". Chicago Tribune. October 27, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Ohio State's Victory Over Iowa Has a Familiar Ring". Los Angeles Times. October 27, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Iowa vs. Illinois". USA Today. November 2, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Northwestern vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 9, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  14. ^ "Wisconsin vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 16, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  15. ^ "Iowa vs. Minnesota". USA Today. November 23, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  16. ^ "Texas Tech vs. Iowa". USA Today. December 29, 1996. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  17. ^ "Alamo Bowl: Iowa 27, Texas Tech 0". Chicago Tribune. December 30, 1996. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  18. ^ "1997 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2015.