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Looking back on the 1985 Hawkeye football season

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Fry Fest brought together former players from the 1985 Iowa Hawkeye Football Team Friday.  The team gathered for a panel discussion, which was a special surprise for the many fans in attendance.

There are so many special memories and do you remember where you were moments from the 1985 University of Iowa football season.

Rob Houghtlin's dramatic last second kick to beat Michigan in the historic number one vs number two game.

Chuck long's naked bootleg in the final minute to beat Michigan to preserve the Hawks' number one national ranking.  The list goes on and on.

The '85 Iowa football team is still considered one of the best if not the best team in school history.

This team won its first seven games and spent five weeks as the number one ranked team in the national rankings.

Robert Smith was a receiver on that Hawkeye football team and a deep threat for Chuck Long.  Smith was also on the receiving end of the longest pass completion in Long's career, an 89 yard touchdown against Northwestern.

Cedar Falls native 3-time all big ten tightened Mike Flagg was another big weapon for a Hawkeye offense that averaged nearly 37 points a game

And the defense led by All-American Larry Station held opponents to less than 14 points a game. Current Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was an offensive line coach on the "85 team.. he remembers how the Hawks bounced back from their first loss of the season at Ohio State which knocked them out of number one spot.

The 59 to 0 victory over a very good Illinois team catapulted the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten championship and a berth in the 1986 Rose Bowl against the PAC Ten's UCLA.

In month before the game in Pasadena.  Chuck Long nearly made more Hawkeye history in New York City.

Long loses the closest vote in Heisman history to Bo Jackson.

And then on January 1st, Hawkeye fans' hearts are broken again as UCLA behind 221 yards rushing and four touchdowns by backup freshman tailback Eric Ball whip the Hawkeyes 45-28. Much of the blame for the Hawkeye defeat went to Iowa All-American tailback Ronnie Harmon who fumbled the football four times. Robert Smith says this was unfair.

Looking back on 1985, Robert Smith says it was a special and unforgettable season..but the things he will remember most are the times he had with his teammates.

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