Everybody remembers 55-0.
Everybody remembers two straight seasons of wild Minnesota upsets.
Everybody remembers the goalposts.
But the Iowa-Minnesota rivalry has fun moments farther back than that. Here are just a couple.
That’s former Iowa coach Hayden Fry wearing overalls, a cowboy hat, and flannel at a 1982 post-game interview. Then-Minnesota coach Joe Salem had reportedly worn that type of outfit in practices as a show of contempt for Iowa. The Hawkeyes beat the Gophers, 21-16, that year. Fry donned the attire afterward to rub some dirt on the win.
“All you great Minnesota writers, radio people and TV,” Fry said in The Gazette’s recap of the game, “We’re taking Floyd (of Rosedale) home where he belongs — Soooo-ey!!!”
Nine years later, Fry would win his 100th game as Iowa’s coach. That win came against the Gophers as well, in what would become known as “The Snow Game.” Iowa beat Minnesota, 23-8, on a snow-covered Kinnick Stadium. The game featured memorable moments like Hawkeye receiver Danan Hughes making a snow angel in the end zone, and referees getting hit with snowballs.
“We used to do that when I was a little kid,” Hughes said about his snow angel performance. “One time I almost got hit by a snow plow. I stopped doing it after that.”
What are your favorite Iowa-Minnesota rivalry moments? There are plenty more. We could see another one this weekend.