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.”
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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