Hawkeye Football | Wayback Machine | 2000 #18 Northwestern at Iowa
You got it, this is the summer plan. Yes, it's the time of year where ESPN Classic and the Big Ten's Greatest Games provide soothing medication, even if it is in small doses. Thankfully, to fulfill that emptiness that resides in some of us this time of year, there are plenty of thoughtful Hawkeye fans with video libraries, time, and editing tools to provide for us not-so-lucky. It's also the time of year that bloggers like myself fill time and computer screens watching and posting YouTube videos stirring up memories of waybackwhen.
Today's trip, thanks to TheHawkeyeHistorian, takes up back to November 11, 2000. That's when #18 Northwestern came to Iowa City smelling roses, but left with a date at the Alamo.
The 2000 Hawkeye team ended the season 3-9, 3-5 in the Big Ten. This Hawkeye squad won two of its last three games, the win here over NW included. Many point to Iowa's win in 2000 against Michigan State (October 7th) as the tipping point for the Kirk Ferentz era in Iowa football.
Offensively the Hawkeyes had two quarterbacks in 2000. Both Kyle McCann and Scott Mullen had just over 800 yards passing. Kevin Kasper became Iowa's all-time receptions leader and Ladell Betts rushed his way into Hawkeye fan hearts.
Defensively the Hawks were led by seniors Anthony Herron and LeVar Woods. Herron began his career at Iowa as a true freshman and in four years totalled 172 tackles and 10 sacks. Woods was a two year starter and totalled 165 tackles, 18 of those for a loss.
Northwestern came to Iowa a week after what is now considered by some one of the greatest games in college football history (the video does a short segment on the game in the intro). They defeated Michigan 54-51 on an 11 yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the game.
Northwestern arrived with a 7-2 record and after losing to the Hawks defeated Illinois in the final Big Ten game of the season 61-23. After having their Rose Bowl dreams smashed in Kinnick the Wildcats took a trip to San Antonio where the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated them 66-17 in the Alamo Bowl.