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A look back at history as the Hawkeyes complete a historic season

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

"It was really an incredible time, it was really a remarkable time for the athletic program," said University Archivist David McCartney.

The last time the Iowa Hawkeye football team completed a perfect season was in 1922, nearly 100 years ago.

To give you an idea of how long ago this was, Warren Harding was President of the United States.

The 1922 Hawkeyes played on what was called, Iowa Field.

"It's now a parking lot right next to the Iowa River," said McCartney.

Kinnick Stadium had not been built yet, and uniforms were not as complex.

"Helmets were made of leather and that provided very very little protection frankly, McCartney told us.

The NCAA was still in it's early stages and rules were more lenient.

"In many ways it was a much more dangerous game at the time," said McCartney.

In the 1920's you could purchase season tickets for $12.50, which would be worth about $165 today.

The Iowa Ticket Office tells me season tickets for 2015 cost upwards of $400.

Through all the differences, one thing remains the same.

"It was a remarkable season, as is this one," said McCartney.

The Hawkeyes will take on Michigan State on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game.

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