1939 Iowa Hawkeyes Football Team - Game Notes - Northwestern


1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 0 0 7 7
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7

Iowa spent most of the first half in Northwestern territory, but five first half fumbles, including one at the Northwestern 3 yard line, stopped all Hawkeye scoring threats. A 74 yard Northwestern punt changed field position, and Northwestern put together a good drive late in the first half. The Wildcats scored on a touchdown run with twenty seconds remaining in the first half to take a seven point halftime lead.

Northwestern's third quarter drives were stopped by turnovers, but Iowa could not capitalize on many of them as Kinnick left the game with a separated shoulder. Enich recovered a Wildcat fumble, Northwestern's third turnover of the period, at the Iowa 22 yard line to give Iowa good field position going into the fourth quarter. Northwestern was called for interference on Prasse on a fourth down pass into the end zone, giving Iowa field position to score the game tying touchdown.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Wildcats were able to drive to the Iowa goal line. But an Enich tackle stopped Northwestern for no gain on fourth and goal inside the Iowa one yard line. Northwestern later missed a desperation field goal, and Iowa ran out the clock to end the game with a 7-7 tie.

Box Score - Iowa vs. Northwestern, 11/25/1939
NW - Clawson 1 yard run (Conteas kick good)
IA - Murphy 1 yard run (Dean kick good)
  • The Hawkeyes started Snider, Ken Pettit, Frye, Bergstrom, and Enich on the line, Prasse and Evans at end, and Couppee, McLain, Murphy, and Kinnick in the backfield.
  • Snider, Ken Pettit, Frye, Enich, Prasse, and Evans played the full 60 minutes.
  • Bergstrom and Murphy suffered season ending injuries; they were replaced by Vollenweider and Walker, who had not fully recovered from his knee injury. Tollefson and Snider were injured in the game as well.
  • The tie cost Iowa the 1939 Big Ten title. Iowa, with a 4-1-1 conference record, finished the season second in the Big Ten standings behind conference champion Ohio State, which had a 5-1 Big Ten record. Had Iowa won the game, they would have shared the title as the teams had not played.
  • Anderson pulled Couppee late in the game, as Couppee threw passes frantically on the last drive in an attempt to win the game. Anderson, who erroneously thought a tie would still give Iowa a share of the conference title (which went to Ohio State), was convinced that Couppee had suffered a concussion, and sent in the backup quarterback with instructions to "sit on the ball." Anderson later apologized to Couppee for benching him.

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