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Iowa’s 14th-best football win of past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 16, 2014 |

When Texas native Hayden Fry took the Iowa job in 1979, “Hook ‘Em Hawks” became a popular bumper sticker. The phrase was borrowed from the University of Texas, where “Hook ‘Em Horns” is part of the culture.

So you can understand why Fry, who had a 2-11 record against Texas as the coach at SMU and North Texas State, was so thrilled with Iowa’s 55-17 thrashing of the Longhorns in the Freedom Bowl on Dec. 26, 1984.

“The biggest victory of my career,” Fry said afterwards. “I’ve never had a game mean so much to me.”

Hayden Fry was all smiles after Iowa trounced Texas in the rain at the 1984 Freedom Bowl while talking to Longhorns coach Fred Akers.  ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Hayden Fry was all smiles after Iowa trounced Texas in the rain at the 1984 Freedom Bowl while talking to Longhorns coach Fred Akers.
ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Quarterback Chuck Long shredded a touted Texas defense, passing for six touchdowns — the most ever in a bowl game — and 461 yards. He did it in a steady rain. Long, who completed 29 of 39 passes with no interceptions, set Iowa single-game records for completions and touchdowns in the one-sided affair.

“This was a nice way to end the year,” Long said after the Hawkeyes finished the season 8-4-1. “But I want to go home now and talk to some people about my future.”

A rule change had given Long the option of an extra season of eligibility. He later accepted, and led Iowa to a Big Ten title, a 10-2 record and the Rose Bowl in 1985.

Long threw touchdown passes to five different players against the Longhorns — Jonathan Hayes, Mike Flagg, Bill Happel, Robert Smith and Scott Helverson.

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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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