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Iowa’s 10th-best football victory of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |
Dennis Mosley provided Iowa’s big highlight vs. Iowa State in 1977 with a 77-yard score. (Register file photo)

Dennis Mosley provided Iowa’s big highlight vs. Iowa State in 1977 with a 77-yard score. (Register file photo)

This was the most hyped Iowa-Iowa State game ever. There is no close No. 2. The Cyclones came to Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 17, 1977, the first time the in-state rivals had met in 43 years.

Adding fuel to the fire was a motivational ploy by Iowa State coach Earle Bruce. When his team returned to the field for the final time before kickoff, they had changed into jerseys that read “Beat Iowa.” Underdog and motivated Iowa posted a 12-10 victory.

All the points were scored in a frantic 7 1/2-minute span of the first half. Iowa State’s Tom Buck returned a punt 63 yards for a score. Iowa countered with a 77-yard touchdown run by Dennis Mosley on a sweep play. But Hawkeye kicker Dave Holsclaw missed the point-after.

On Iowa State’s next possession, Jim Molini and Joe Hufford stripped Cyclone quarterback Terry Rubley of the ball and Iowa recovered. Jon Lazar would score on a 10-yard touchdown run. The Hawkeyes went for two and failed. Scott Kollman pulled Iowa State within 12-10 with a 42-yard field goal into the wind just 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.

There would be no more scoring. Kollman had a chance to give Iowa State the lead with a 44-yard field goal try into the wind with just under 4 minutes remaining. He missed, and the Cyclones had come up just short. The teams combined for a paltry 14 first downs. Iowa State had just 96 yards of total offense, Iowa 192.

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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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