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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.

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Iowa’s best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014

Rob Houghtlin kicked four field goals. The last one might be the most famous boot in Iowa football history. Houghtlin’s 29-yard field goal as time expired gave No. 1 Iowa a 12-10 victory over No. 2 Michigan on Oct. 19, 1985 at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes dominated the game statistically, but they trailed on the […]

Rick Brown: Iowa’s defensive line needs to show its muscle

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa’s defense a year ago was defined by linebackers Christian Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens. If someone in the defensive line made a mistake, the linebackers were usually there to erase it. This fall, the roles are reversed. The line is the strength of this defense heading into Saturday’s 11 a.m. […]

BTN writer picks Iowa’s Scherff as Big Ten’s best player

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014

The Big Ten football season starts today, with Eastern Illinois playing at Minnesota and Rutgers making its conference debut at Washington State. So who is the best player in the Big Ten? Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network says it’s Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff. Here’s Dienhart’s look at the five best players in […]

Iowa’s second-best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014

Warren Holloway called it a dream, and who can blame him when you snatch victory from the certain jaws of defeat? Iowa fans will never forget the first — and only — touchdown catch of Holloway’s career. It came on the last play of the Jan. 1, 2005 Capital One Bowl, a 56-yarder with no […]

Former Iowa football commit on Alabama two-deep

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014

Former Cedar Falls all-stater Ross Pierschbacher, who originally committed to play football at Iowa before signing with Alabama, has made an immediate impact as a true freshman. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Pierschbacher is listed as the Crimson Tide’s backup left guard behind Arie Kouandijo for Saturday’s opener against West Virginia in Atlanta, Ga. According to the […]

Brown: Ferentz won’t let himself get too excited about running game

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Asked if he felt better about his running game than in recent seasons, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz squirmed in his chair like someone sitting in the dentist’s office waiting for a root canal. “You never feel too good about anything, especially right now,” Ferentz said. Right now is Saturday’s 11 […]

Iowa’s third-best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014

Iowa coach Hayden Fry knew it was a gamble. The Hawkeyes were clinging to a 13-7, fourth-quarter lead in this top-10 duel at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 24, 1983. Iowa was ranked seventh. No. 3 Ohio State had won nine straight in the series. Iowa had a third-and-six situation from its own 27. Fry could […]

Kirk Ferentz shares the secret of his gameday note cards

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

IOWA CITY, Ia. – When he travels the state on the I-Club circuit each spring, Iowa football Kirk Ferentz answers a lot of questions. Two get asked more than others. One, what do you write on that card during games? And two, what kind of gum do you chew? “It’s about all I’m known for, […]

Tevaun Smith hopes to consistently enter WR fray

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

  IOWA CITY, Ia. – Wide receiver Tevaun Smith is best remembered for one play. A very big play. The Hawkeyes were trailing Michigan 21-7 at halftime of last November’s game at Kinnick Stadium. On Iowa’s first series of the third quarter, Smith made an acrobatic one-handed catch of a Jake Rudock pass and dodged […]

Iowa’s fourth-best football win of the past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 26, 2014

Georgia Tech’s offense had been unstoppable, averaging 307.2 rushing yards and running all the way to the school’s first Orange Bowl game in 43 years. But the ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets were about to run into No. 10 Iowa and defensive coordinator Norm Parker. Iowa’s 24-14 Orange Bowl victory on Jan. 5, 2010, was the program’s […]