1997 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1997 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1997 Big Ten Conference football season. They participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. The Hawkeyes played their home games at Kinnick Stadium and were led by legendary coach Hayden Fry.

1997 Iowa Hawkeyes football
Sun Bowl, L 7–17 vs. Arizona State
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1997 record7–5 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachHayden Fry (19th season)
Offensive coordinatorDon Patterson (6th season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Elliott (2nd season)
MVPTavian Banks
Kerry Cooks
Jared DeVries
Tim Dwight
Home stadiumKinnick Stadium
(Capacity: 70,397)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 Michigan $   8 0         12 0  
No. 12 Ohio State   6 2         10 3  
No. 16 Penn State   6 2         9 3  
No. 15 Purdue   6 2         9 3  
Wisconsin   5 3         8 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Michigan State   4 4         7 5  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   1 7         3 9  
Indiana   1 7         2 9  
Illinois   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 611:30 amNorthern Iowa*No. 20W 66–066,325
September 131:00 pmTulsa*No. 18
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
W 54–1664,893
September 202:30 pmat Iowa StateNo. 13ABCW 63–2050,066
September 2711:30 amIllinoisNo. 11
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN2W 38–1070,397
October 42:30 pmat No. 7 Ohio StateNo. 11ABCL 7–2392,536
October 1811:30 amat No. 5 MichiganNo. 15ESPNL 24–28106,505
October 2511:00 amIndiana No. 18
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN+W 62–070,397
November 111:30 amNo. 18 PurdueNo. 15
  • Kinnick Stadium
  • Iowa City, IA
ESPN2W 35–1770,397
November 811:30 amat WisconsinNo. 12ESPNL 10–1379,864
November 1511:30 amat NorthwesternNo. 22ESPN2L 14–1540,838
November 221:00 pmMinnesota
W 31–064,591
December 311:30 pmvs. No. 16 Arizona State*CBSL 7–1749,104

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RosterEdit

1997 Iowa Hawkeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 22 Tavian Banks Sr
FB 85 Michael Burger Jr
WR 4 Ricchard Carter Sr
WR 88 Tony Collins So
OL 67 Chad Deal So
WR 6 Tim Dwight Sr
TE 80 Zeron Flemister So
WR 18 Damon Gibson Sr
OL 79 Mike Goff Sr
TE 81 Chris Knipper Sr
OL 68 Jeremy McKinney Sr
RB 29 Doug Miller So
QB 13 Randy Reiners So
OL 76 Matt Reischl Jr
C 64 Derek Rose Jr
QB 12 Matt Sherman Sr
OL 65 Ben Sobieski Fr
RB 31 Rob Thein So
TE 86 Austin Wheatley So
WR 25 Richard Willock Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 23 Plez Atkins Sr
DB 9 Matt Bowen So
SS 15 Kerry Cooks Sr
DL 94 Jared DeVries Jr
NG 52 Steve English Jr
DT 72 Epenesa Epenesa Sr
CB 26 Ed Gibson Sr
CB 2 Tarig Holman So
DE 28 Jason House Sr
LB 37 Matt Hughes Jr
NG 90 Aron Klein Jr
DE 19 Jeff Kramer Jr
DT 55 Jon LaFleur Sr
DE 48 Ryan Loftin So
LB 56 Vernon Rollins   Jr
FS 21 Eric Thigpen Jr
LB 97 LeVar Woods Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 7 Jason Baker Fr
K 38 Zach Bromert Jr
K 16 Greg McLaughlin Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

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 21 21 20 18 13 11 11 17 15 18 15 12 22 RV RV RV RV RV 
Coaches 20 19 17 13 9 8 16 15 19 16 14 22 RV RV RV RV RV

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Game summariesEdit

Northern IowaEdit

Northern Iowa at #19 Iowa
1 234Total
Panthers 0 000 0
Hawkeyes 10 28721 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–1 1995 W 34–13

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TulsaEdit

Tulsa at #17 Iowa
1 234Total
Golden Hurricane 0 1060 16
Hawkeyes 23 7717 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1996 L 20–27

Avenging an upset loss from the previous season, the Hawkeyes rolled up over 600 yards of total offense for the second time in as many games. Senior running back Tavian Banks rushed for a school record 314 yards and a school record-tying 4 touchdowns.

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Iowa StateEdit

#13 Iowa at Iowa State
Battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 14 21217 63
Cyclones 0 677 20
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Jack Trice Stadium
    Ames, IA
  • Game start: 2:30 pm CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 50,066
  • Game weather: 58° F, Mostly sunny, Wind NNW 10-15 mph
  • Referee: Jim Kemerling
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–12 1996 W 38–13

The Hawkeyes won against the rival Cyclones for the 15th consecutive year. Tavian Banks had four rushing touchdowns for the second week in a row and Tim Dwight hauled in three touchdown receptions as the Hawkeyes rolled up 575 yards of total offense.[5]

IllinoisEdit

Illinois at #9 Iowa
1 234Total
Fighting Illini 0 307 10
Hawkeyes 7 1777 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–35–2 1996 W 31–21

Tavian Banks ran for two more touchdowns to push his total to 12 rushing touchdowns after 4 games. Tony Collins also scored twice, the first on a 61-yard punt return and the other on a 16-yard pass from Matt Sherman.[6]

Ohio StateEdit

#8 Iowa at #7 Ohio State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 070 7
Buckeyes 0 1067 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–37–3 1996 L 26–38

College GameDay was in Columbus for this matchup.[7][8]

MichiganEdit

#15 Iowa at #5 Michigan
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 2130 24
Wolverines 0 7147 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–34–4 1994 L 14–29

Playing their second straight game against a Top 10 team on the road, the Hawkeyes put together a very strong first half. On the final play before the break, Michigan punted to All-American Tim Dwight who took it 61 yards to the house for a 21-7 halftime lead. The Wolverines clamped down in the second half, outscoring Iowa 21-3. Michigan would go on to finish 12-0 and claim the AP National Championship.

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IndianaEdit

Indiana at #19 Iowa
1 234Total
Hoosiers 0 000 0
Hawkeyes 7 142120 62
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–22–4 1996 W 31–10

The Hawkeyes scored 60+ points for the third time of the 1997 season. The win was highlighted by an electrifying 92-yard punt return for a TD by Tim Dwight. Dwight also caught a 29-yard touchdown from Randy Reiners, who was making his first start at QB, and threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Damon Gibson. The defense did plenty as well. In addition to pitching a shutout, Matt Bowen and J.P. Lange each added long interception returns for touchdowns.

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PurdueEdit

#18 Purdue at #16 Iowa
1 234Total
Boilermakers 10 700 17
Hawkeyes 0 14210 35
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 11:35 am CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 70,397
  • Game weather: 47° F, Overcast, Wind NW 15-20 mph
  • Referee: J. Kemerling
  • Television network: ESPN2
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–41–3 1994 T 21–21

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WisconsinEdit

#12 Iowa at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 073 10
Badgers 0 1300 13
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:30 am CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 79,864
  • Game weather: High 40s° F, Party cloudy, Variable wind
  • Referee: Bill Lemonnier
  • Television network: ESPN


Overall record Last meeting Result
36–34–2 1996 W 31–0

The Badgers defeated the Hawkeyes for the first time since the 1976 season.

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NorthwesternEdit

#22 Iowa at Northwestern
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 7 700 14
Wildcats 0 780 15
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 11:35 am CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 40,838
  • Game weather: 31° F, Snow, Wind SE 15-25 mph
  • Referee: D. Witvoet
  • Television network: ESPN2
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–16–3 1996 L 13–40

Four missed field goals plagued the Hawkeyes in a road loss to Northwestern.[14]

MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota at Iowa
Battle for Floyd of Rosedale
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 0 000 0
Hawkeyes 3 1477 31
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 1:05 pm CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:45
  • Game attendance: 64,591
  • Game weather: 35° F, Cloudy, Wind W 14 mph
  • Referee: J. Teitz
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–55–2 1996 W 43–24

After consecutive disappointing road losses, the Hawkeyes returned to Kinnick Stadium and closed the regular season with a decisive win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Senior Day. Late in the 3rd Quarter, Tim Dwight returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown, giving him the Big Ten record for punt return touchdowns in a career (the record stood until 2006). The Iowa defense posted its third shutout in six home games during the 1997 season.

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Sun BowlEdit

Iowa vs. #17 Arizona State
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 0 007 7
Sun Devils 0 1070 17
  • Date: December 31
  • Location: Sun Bowl Stadium
    El Paso, TX
  • Game start: 2:15 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 49,104
  • Game weather: 53, Clear and dry, Wind 5-10 MPH
  • Referee: Ken Flaherty
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Ryan, Dave Logan, and Scott Lasky
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

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Postseason awardsEdit

Team players in the 1998 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mike Goff OT 3 78 Cincinnati Bengals
Tavian Banks RB 4 101 Jacksonville Jaguars
Tim Dwight WR 4 114 Atlanta Falcons
Kerry Cooks S 5 144 Minnesota Vikings

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Iowa 1997 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Northern Iowa vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 6, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Tulsa vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 13, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Iowa vs. Iowa State". USA Today. September 20, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Illinois vs. Iowa". USA Today. September 27, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Iowa vs. Ohio State". USA Today. October 4, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Ohio State Stops Iowa And Banks". The New York Times. October 5, 1997. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Iowa vs. Michigan". USA Today. October 18, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Griese Starts Poorly but Is Able to Finish Off Iowa, 28-24". Los Angeles Times via Associated Press. October 18, 1997. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Indiana vs. Iowa". USA Today. October 25, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  12. ^ "Purdue vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 1, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Iowa vs. Wisconsin". USA Today. November 8, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "Iowa vs. Northwestern". USA Today. November 15, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "Minnesota vs. Iowa". USA Today. November 22, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  16. ^ "Iowa vs. Arizona State". USA Today. December 31, 1997. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  17. ^ "1998 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2015.