Category Archives: Hawkeye History

A look back at what was going on in Iowa City and at the UI way back when.

Dance Marathon Raises the Bar Again

On Saturday, Feb. 8, Dance Marathon 20 announced that it broke all previous UI records by raising $1,801,032.20 to benefit youth cancer patients and their families. During the 24-hour BIG EVENT, participants raised money by dancing in the IMU to celebrate youth cancer survivors and remember the children who have passed away throughout the year.

This year, more than 200 Dance…

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A Tribute to Street

The Iowa men’s basketball team will never forget the legend of Chris Street. On January 19, 1993, an unprecedented wave of sorrow swept across Iowa. Chris Street, a gifted Hawkeye basketball player from Indianola, died that evening when his car collided with a snowplow following a team dinner in north Iowa City.

The tragedy left an entire state in shock. The…

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Big House Battering

In the 57 Iowa vs. Michigan football matchups so far, Michigan holds a 40-13-4 record over the Hawkeyes. But, in recent years, Iowa has ruled the series. It’s fair to say Michigan might be out for revenge tomorrow.

In 2002, a season we all know and love, the Hawks’ recorded their first road win against Michigan since…

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Unbelievable Upset

Daniel Murry

It was an amazing moment that warmed the hearts of thousands of Hawkeye fans shivering in the stands. In the final seconds of Iowa’s November 2008 game against Penn State, backup kicker Daniel Murray nailed a 31-yard field goal to clinch a 24-23 victory for the Hawks. Penn State players, unbeaten and third in the nation, stood stunned on the…

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Iowa Homecoming History: Forever Herky

This vintage image of a sharp-dressed Herky the Hawk appeared in a 1948 issue of Iowa Alumni Review and his likeness also adorned that year’s Homecoming badge. Over the years, this copyrighted emblem of university sports has appeared in many venues and doing many things—an enduring symbol of Hawkeye spirit.

In 2012, Herky will no doubt play another starring role in…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1939

During Nile Kinnick’s Heisman-winning season, Minnesota was threatening to derail the Hawkeyes’ season in their Homecoming matchup on November 18.

It took a touchdown pass and interception by Kinnick at the end of the game to seal the 13-9 Iowa win. Fans screamed themselves hoarse, and the celebration was so great it made an impression on the administration. UI President Eugene…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1953

The Dramatic Art Guild won the grand prize for their “Showboat” float in the Homecoming Parade on October 23, 1953.

The next day, following Iowa’s 19-13 win over Indiana, fans gathered for the ceremonial burning of the Corn Monument. Students writing for the Hawkeye yearbook noted that “Homecoming at SUI would never be complete without the corn monument, a football victory,…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1935

Tensions were running high between Iowa and Minnesota prior to the 1935 game, due partly to unnecessary rough play by the Golden Gophers the previous year. Iowa governor Clyde Herring said, “If the officials stand for any rough tactics like Minnesota used last year, I’m sure the crowd won’t.” To calm the fans down, the governors of both states decided…

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Iowa Homecoming History: 1935

Tensions were running high between Iowa and Minnesota prior to the 1935 game, due partly to unnecessary rough play by the Golden Gophers the previous year. Iowa governor Clyde Herring said, “If the officials stand for any rough tactics like Minnesota used last year, I’m sure the crowd won’t.” To calm the fans down, the governors of both states decided…

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Tuesday Trivia Answer: July 17, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia question (“Which UI building does this Hawk call home?”) is: the Field House.

Opened in 1927, the University of Iowa Field House has seen countless events take place within its walls. During basketball games, Iowa fans could feel the building shake with excitement. The wrestling and swimming programs also had great runs of success while housed…

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