1984 Freedom Bowl: Iowa 55, Texas 17
Light Rain (55 Degrees)
9:15 UI - Jonathan Hayes 6-yd pass from Chuck Long (Tom Nichol kick); Drive: 3 plays, 19 yards
3:27 UI - Mike Flagg 11-yd pass from Long (Nichol kick); Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards
13:35 UT - Bill Boy Bryant 11-yd pass from Todd Dodge (Jeff Ward kick); Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards
10:14 UI - Fred Bush 1-yd run (Nichol kick); Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards
5:34 UT - William Harris 1-yd pass from Dodge (Ward kick); Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards
2:23 UT - Ward 46-yd field goal; Drive: 3 plays, -1 yard
0:00 UI - Nichol 27-yd field goal; Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards
13:03 UI - Nichol 35-yd field goal; Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards
12:05 UI - Bill Happel 33-yd pass from Long (Nichol kick); Drive: 1 play, 33 yards
7:09 UI - Robert Smith 49-yd pass from Long (Nichol kick); Drive: 5 plays, 94 yards
4:53 UI - Scott Helverson 4-yd pass from Long (Nichol kick); Drive: 4 plays, 53 yards
2:19 UI - Hayes 15-yd pass from Long (Nichol kick); Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards
|Att-Net Yards Rush
|Net Yards Passing
|Time of Possession
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Terry Orr (12-67-0); Jerome Johnson (8-56-0); Rob Moerschell (2-9-0); Michael Brown (2-6-0); Todd Dodge (11-minus 23-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Todd Dodge (16-32-2-180-2); Danny Akers (1-2-0-5-0).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Bill Boy Bryant (3-50-1); Brent Duhon (1-47-0); Rob Moerschell (4-40-0); William Harris (6-37-1); Kevin Nelson (1-5-0); Jerome Johnson (1-3-0); Terry Orr (1-3-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): John Teltschik (5-214-42.8).
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Owen Gill (17-61-0); Chuck Long (7-20-0); Marshall Cotton (5-8-0); Eddie Polite (2-7-0); Fred Bush (3-5-1); Rick Bayless (1-2-0); Kevin Harmon (4-minus 2-0); Mark Vlasic (2-minus 10-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Chuck Long (29-39-0-461-6); Mark Vlasic (1-1-0-8-0).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Robert Smith (4-115-1); Bill Happel (8-104-1); Mike Flagg (5-71-1); Jonathan Hayes (3-70-2); Scott Helverson (4-66-1); Rick Bayless (2-19-0); J. C. Jordan (2-15-0); Q UInn Early (1-7-0); Eddie Polite (1-2-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): Gary Kostrubala (3-126-42.0); Tom Nichol (1-40-40.0)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Texas entered the 1984 season with high aspirations and began the campaign with a No. 4 national ranking. After toppling No. 11 Auburn and Bo Jackson in the season opener followed by a 28-3 road win over Penn State, the Longhorns found themselves atop the national polls for the second time in four seasons.
A 15-all tie with No. 2 Oklahoma knocked Texas from the top spot, but the Horns stayed within striking distance of the top and were ranked third when they hosted Houston in the second week of November. The Cougars shocked Texas, winning 29-15, to all but squash UT’s hopes for the national crown.
The Longhorns were still alive in the hunt for a Cotton Bowl bid until they dropped their final two regular-season games to fall to No. 19 in the standings and earn a trip to the Freedom Bowl against unranked Iowa.
The Hawkeyes jumped on Texas 14-0 in the Longhorns’ first-and-only trip to the Freedown Bowl when All-American Chuck Long threw for a pair of first-quarter scores.
Not to be outdone, Todd Dodge tossed a pair of second-quarter touchdowns and Jeff Ward booted a 46-yard field goal to pull Texas within four, 21-17.
With time running out in the half, Long guided the Hawkeyes 64 yards in seven plays and Tom Nichol hit a 27-yard field goal with no time left to give Iowa a 24-17 halftime advantage, closing a wild and entertaining first 30 minutes.
The high scoring continued in the third quarter, but the Texas offense had no part of the fun. After a 35-yard Nichol field goal on Iowa’s first possession, Long turned the third quarter of the Freedom Bowl into his own personal showcase. Long to Bill Happel for a 33-yard score. Long to Robert Smith for a 49-yard score. Long to Scott Helverson for a four-yard score. Long to Jonathan Hayes for a 15-yard score.
In just over 10 minutes, Long buried the Longhorns with four touchdowns and Iowa celebrated a 55-17 win. Long finished 29-for-39 with 461 yards and six touchdowns and the Hawkeyes owned a startling 560 to 300 edge in total offense.