1985 Trio Named Honorary Captains

Oct. 20, 2005

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A trio who formed the core of Iowa’s game winning kick against Michigan 20 years ago will be Saturday’s honorary captains when the Hawkeyes face the Wolverines again in Iowa City. Former center Mark Sindlinger, holder Mark Vlasic and kicker Rob Houghtlin have been honored for this week’s game. Kickoff is set for 11:10 a.m. in Kinnick Stadium before another sellout crowd.

The three will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for the pre-game coin-flip. They will also be with the Hawkeyes on the sidelines and in the locker room before and after the game.

The famed 1985 game pitted top-ranked Iowa against second-ranked Michigan. Michigan called a timeout with two second remaining and leading 10-9. Following the timeout, Sindlinger snapped the ball to Vlasic, who put the ball down perfectly for Houghtlin to kick a 29-yard field goal through the uprights and a 12-10 Iowa victory. It is considered one of the greatest games ever played in Kinnick Stadium.




Sindlinger was a four-year letterman (1983-86) and a two-time all-America heavyweight wrestler. He also won two Big Ten heavyweight titles. Vlasic won three letters (1984-86) as a quarterback. He played behind Chuck Long before becoming the starter his senior year (1986).

Houghtlin lettered three times (1985-87) and earned first-team all-Big Ten honors twice (1985 & 87). He is number two on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 290 points. Houghtlin led Iowa in scoring three straight years. He and current Iowa kicker, Kyle Schlicher, share the Hawkeye record for 21 field goals in a season.

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