December 6, 2015 | Rose Bowl
Big Ten Conference Western Division Champion University of Iowa will head to Pasadena to play in the 102nd Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The Hawkeyes will be making their sixth appearance at The Granddaddy of Them All®, but their first since 1991. In that game, No. 8 Washington built a commanding 33-7 halftime lead before Iowa mounted a furious rally, outscoring their opponents 20-7 in the fourth quarter before falling 46-34.
The 80 combined points was a Rose Bowl Game record that stood for more than 20 years, only being eclipsed by the 83 points that Wisconsin and Oregon scored in the 2012 contest. In an ironic twist, Wisconsin's coach in 2012 was Bret Bielema, who played on Iowa's defensive line in that 1991 game.
The Hawkeyes last victory on New Year's Day in Pasadena came in 1959, and was the last in a six-game Big Ten winning streak. Iowa, ranked No. 2 coming into the game, got 194 yards and one touchdown from halfback, and future Green Bay Packers star, Bob Jeter, who actually changed positions in the NFL, opting to play cornerback for legendary coach Vince Lombardi.
On that day in Pasadena, the Hawkeyes soundly defeated the Cal Bears, 38-12, with Jeter earning Most Valuable Player honors. For his efforts, Jeter was elected to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1994.
Today's Hawkeyes, led by longtime coach Kirk Ferentz, are poised to represent the Big Ten in Pasadena, and looking to bring the game's storied championship trophy back to Iowa City for the first time in 57 years!