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THE POLL
Compiled by Bill Syken
March 01, 2004
Iowans weigh in on sports*
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March 01, 2004

The Poll

Iowans weigh in on sports*

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"We've changed our uniforms. We look a lot like the Pittsburgh Steelers. Until the ball is snapped."
—THEN NEWLY HIRED IOWA FOOTBALL COACH HAYDEN FRY IN 1979, WHEN THE HAWKEYES WERE COMING OFF THEIR 18TH STRAIGHT YEAR WITHOUT A WINNING RECORD

GREATEST MOMENT

Nile Kinnick had a knack for late-game heroics, and in 1939 he led Iowa to a 6-1-1 season, including wins over powerful Notre Dame and Minnesota. A 175-pound halfback from Adel who also played defense, Kinnick became the only player from an Iowa college to win the Heisman Trophy, leading the nation in kickoff returns and interceptions and having a hand in 107 of the Hawkeyes' 130 points.

NUMBERS

3
Consecutive times coach Maury John took his Drake basketball teams to the NCAA tournament (1969, 70 and 71).

45
Points by which Auburn's Bo Jackson edged Iowa's Chuck Long for the 1985 Heisman Trophy, the closest balloting in history.

68.5
Scoring average of 5'11 Denise Long at Union-Whitten High in 1968-69; the first woman drafted by an NBA team, her selection was voided by commissioner Walter Kennedy.

75
National high school career home run mark, set in 2002 by Marshalltown's Jeff Clement, now at USC.

159
Wins without a loss for Iowa State's Cael Sanderson from 1999 to 2002; he is the only wrestler to finish his college career undefeated and win four NCAA titles.

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