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Hawk Talk

This is the second part of flashback to 1977.
Bob Commings was in his fourth year as head coach for Iowa football and Lute Olsen was also in his fourth year as head basketball coach for the Hawks. Dan Gable was in his second year as the head man for wrestling.
Jimmy Carter was president and a postage stamp cost 13 cents.
Oakland won the Super Bowl and the Yankees took the World Series.
Portland won the NBA title and Marquette was the NCAA basketball champion.
Star Wars dominated the movies and the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, died August 16 at his home at Graceland.
Last week I looked at the first five games for the Iowa Hawkeye football team.
They included wins over Northwestern, 24-0, and Iowa State, 12-10, at home.
Iowa then lost to Arizona, 41-7, at home and UCLA, 34-16, in Los Angeles (later UCLA had to forfeit the game because they used an ineligible player).
The Hawks beat the Gophers 18-6 in Iowa City, which was the first time in 14 years that Iowa had beaten Minnesota in Iowa City.
On Oct. 23, 1977, the Hawkeyes traveled to Purdue to take on the Boilermakers. Iowa hadn’t beaten Purdue for 16 straight years and lost 34-21 for number 17.
Rod Morton, the third-string running back, scored two touchdowns and Rod Sears, Hawkeye defensive back, intercepted a pass and returned it 90 yards for a score and Iowa led 21-14 in the second quarter.
Mark Herman threw two touchdown passes to end the half with the Boilermakers leading 28-21. Mark, who was only a freshman, threw five touchdown passes for the day.
The Hawks traveled to Ann Arbor the following week to face the Wolverines.
Iowa, 26 point underdogs, couldn’t contain Michigan sophomore quarterback Rick Leach.
Rick passed for three touchdowns and the Wolverines jumped out to a 21-0 lead.
The Hawks had an 80-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter with quarterback Tom McLaughlin scoring on a 1-yard run. The Hawkeyes went for two, were stopped and Iowa lost, 23-6.
Indiana came to Kinnick Stadium the next week.
Iowa jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 2- yard touchdown run by John Lazar and a 35-yard pass from McLaughlin to Lazar.
Dave Holsclaw kicked the extra points.
The Hoosiers came back with 21 straight points but the Hawks tied it up in the fourth quarter when Tommy Mac scored on a 1-yard run.
Indiana kicked a field goal with 18 ticks left and Iowa lost a heartbreaker, 24-21, dropping their record to 3-6.
Up next was a road trip to Madison and a game against the Badgers.
Tommy Mac opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Jim Arkeilpane had an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and the Hawks led 14-0 at half.
Dave Holsclaw kicked a 39-yard field goal, Jimmy Frazier scored on a 15-yard run in the third quarter and the Hawks won, 24-7.
Jimmy would later switch to defensive back and start on the 1981 Rose Bowl team.
Defensive back Rod Sears had a great day against the Badgers, intercepting a pass, blocking a punt and recovering two fumbles.
That was the first time Iowa had beaten Wisconsin at Madison in 19 years.
Iowa ended the 1977 season with a home game against Michigan State.
The wind would be a major factor as Michigan State won the coin toss, took the wind and led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter. Iowa scored 10 points in the second quarter on a 47-yard field goal by Dave Holsclaw and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Mac to Jim Swift.
Dave kicked two more field goals in the fourth quarter, including a school record 51-yard kick, but the Hawks lost, 22-16.
Iowa finished 4-7 (later changed to 5-6) but it was still 16 straight years without a winning record. They did beat Minnesota and Wisconsin, something the previous year’s Hawkeyes didn’t do.
In basketball, the Hawkeyes struggled with a 12-15 record (5-13 in the Big Ten).
The starting lineup included three juniors; Clay Hargrave (9.9 ppg.), William Mayfield (9.8 ppg.) both forwards, and guard Tom Norman (7.6 ppg.)
Sophomore starters included center Larry Olsthoorn (8.9 ppg.) and super sophomore Ronnie Lester (19.9).
The bench had Vince Brookins (6.4) and Steve Waite (5.5), both sophomores. Also juniors were Dick Peth and current Iowa Hawkeye assistant Kirk Speraw.
In wrestling, believe it or not, Dan Gable coached the Iowa Hawkeyes to his first NCAA championship as a head coach.
Dan was an assistant in 1975 when the Hawks won their first title.
Iowa had six All-Americans but no national champs.
John Bowlsby (fifth, Hwt.), Mike Deanna (sixth, 167), Bruce Kinseth (second, 150), Scott Trizzino (third, 142), Randy Lewis (second, 126) and Dan Glenn (third, 118) all placed for the Hawks.
Iowa also won its fifth straight Big Ten championship.
I listened to most of the football and basketball games on the radio in 1977 since very few of them were on TV.
Special thanks again to the late Al Grady and his book “25 Years with the Fighting Hawkeyes.” Also it was good to hear from Tom McLaughlin, who quarterbacked the Hawks in 1977 and was on the team in 1974-75 when I was a manager.