Gordon Locke (24BA, 25JD) smashed in an early touchdown run, Aubrey Devine (22BA) kicked a field goal, and the Hawkeyes stopped Knute Rockne and visiting Notre Dame's 20-game winning streak on their way to an unbeaten season.
Nile Kinnick (40BA) scored on a 4-yard touchdown run—a play that's immortalized with a bronze relief in Kinnick Stadium—and booted a drop-kick extra point to stun the mighty Irish in a game in Iowa City that galvanized the legend of the Ironmen.
With more than 15,000 Iowa fans flocking to Pasadena for the team's first Rose Bowl appearance, the Hawkeyes trounced Oregon State behind quarterback Kenny Ploen (58BSCE), who was 9-for-10 passing and had an early 49-yard touchdown run.
In an unforgettable No. 1-versus-No. 2 showdown billed as the biggest game ever played at Kinnick Stadium, Rob Houghtlin (87BA) kicked a 29-yard field goal as time expired, sending the top-ranked Hawkeyes past the Wolverines.
Quarterback Drew Tate (08BA) heaved a prayer to fifth-year receiver Warren Holloway (04BA) for the one and only touchdown reception of his career—a 56-yard scoring strike on the game's final play remembered as the Capital Catch. The play lifted Iowa to a stunning win over Nick Saban's LSU team in the Capital One Bowl.