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Iowa’s 23rd-best football victory in the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 7, 2014 |

Iowa senior quarterback Ed Podolak was knocked out of the game. That set the stage for a sophomore backup from Cedar Rapids, Larry Lawrence, to make his college debut and finish off a 21-20 upset of No. 8 Oregon State on Sept. 21, 1968.

Larry Lawrence (Register file photo)

Larry Lawrence (Register file photo)

Iowa was a 12-point underdog against a team with touted quarterback Steve Preece and all-American fullback candidate Bill “Earthquake” Enyart, who didn’t do much rumbling (two fumbles) on this day.

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It was a rough day for quarterbacks and Beavers placekicker Pat Arnold, who missed two point-after kicks. Podolak twice brought Iowa back with touchdown runs of 3 yards in the first quarter and 10 yards in the second quarter.

Oregon State went ahead again with a third touchdown before halftime. Beavers coach Dee Andros had successfully gone for two after his team’s second touchdown. He sent Arnold out again after the third touchdown. And he missed.

Preece was knocked out of the game late in the third quarter with a separated shoulder after a jarring tackle by Charles Bolden. A few plays later, a hard lick sent Podolak to the bench.

In came Lawrence, who took Iowa 44 yards after a fumble recovery for the winning fourth-quarter score, a 9-yard run by future NFL head coach Dennis Green. Marcos Melendez provided the crucial PAT. The upset was complete after Lane Coleman picked off a pass by Oregon State backup quarterback Bob Mayes.

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Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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