A key player on the Iowa Hawkeye 1956 and 1958 Rose Bowl Championship teams died last month.
Kevin Furlong, 75, died on April 20 at the Tellico Village community in Tennessee of Alzheimer’s disease, according to his obituary.
Furlong was a halfback for the Hawkeye teams from 1956 to 1958 under legendary Hall of Fame coach Forest Evashevski.
Those Hawkeye teams were among the nation’s elite. In that span, the Hawkeyes had a 24-3-2 record, won two Big Ten titles, had three top ten rankins in the final Associated Press poll, and won two Rose Bowls. Quarterback Randy Duncan finished second place in the 1958 Heisman Trophy balloting.
But the Hawkeye running game was a mixed bag in those days. In 1957, Furlong carried the ball 48 times for 241 yards to become the team’s fifth-leading rusher. But no Hawkeye had more than 83 carries that year, and six players had more than 40.
It was more of the same in 1958. Furlong was the team’s second-leading rusher in that Rose Bowl year, and tied Ray Jauch for most carries on the team with 76. Don Horn, Willie Fleming and Hawkeye legend Bob Jeter all had more than 60 carries.
After college, Furlong went to work for the Amana appliance company and went on to hold various senior executive positions in the home appliance/consumer electronics industry.
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