Nov. 29, 2004
To put Iowa’s 2004 football season in perspective, we need to review a little Hawkeye history.
In capturing a second Big Ten championship in three years, Kirk Ferentz becomes the fourth Iowa coach to win multiple conference titles. He moves alongside Howard Jones, Forest Evashevski and Hayden Fry – coaching giants of the 20th century, not just at Iowa, but in all of college football.
Jones had back-to-back Big Ten crowns in 1921 and 1922. Both teams had perfect records, and one or both might have been national champions had there been national rankings in those days. Both teams also had huge non-conference victories. Iowa ended Notre Dame’s 20-game winning streak in 1921, and the next year won at Yale, then a college football power.
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