The results of our first ‘Watch It Again for the First Time’ poll are in, from the decade of the 1980’s.
The 1985 #1 Iowa vs #2 Michigan game ran away with this poll, which is not a surprise. It received 549 votes with 766 voters weighing in. For many fans, it remains one of the greatest days in Hawkeye sports history. It’s certainly one of the pinnacle moments in Hawkeye football history.
The battle for second place was much more contested with Iowa’s win at Ohio State in 1987 beating the 1987 last second shot by Kevin Gamble to beat Oklahoma in the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament by one vote, 86 to 85.
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The win at Ohio State was historic. It was the first time Iowa had won at The Shoe since 1959 and just Iowa’s fifth win against Ohio State since 1959. The fact that it came on a miraculous play on a 4th and 23 from the OSU 28 in the waning seconds adds to its shine. Chuck Hartlieb found Marv Cook on the sideline and Cook went 15 or so yards into the endzone carrying Bo Pelini on his back, scoring the go ahead touchdown with under seven seconds remaining.
The game was not televised in Eastern Iowa and many people listened to that game on the radio. I would guess a lot of people have still never seen that game on television.