Timeless moments: This week in Hawkeye History

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 05, 2010 7:20 AM

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Nov. 2, 1907 — Iowa led Wisconsin at halftime, 5-0. Just before the start of the second half, a rabbit appeared at the Badger goal line, hopped the entire length of the field, and exited between the Iowa goal posts. Later, a Wisconsin player followed the rabbit's trail to score a touchdown. Iowans blamed the rabbit for their loss. The following week, coach Mark Catlin commenced a rabbit hunt before practice. The Hawkeyes won their next game, 25-12.

Nov. 6, 1920 — Iowa beat Northwestern, 20-0, to begin a 20-game winning streak — the longest winning streak in Iowa football history. The Hawkeyes finished with 7-0 records in 1921 and 1922, and won the first three games of the 1923 season. A 9-6 Homecoming loss to Illinois on Oct. 20, 1923, snapped the streak.

Nov. 1, 2003 — In a 2003 contest against Illinois, Iowa's Bob Sanders returned a Fighting Illini fumble 3 yards for a Hawkeye touchdown. It was the last time the Hawkeyes returned a fumble for a score.

Nov. 1, 2008 — Illinois' Dere Hicks recovered an Iowa fumble and returned it 7 yards for a touchdown. It was the last time an Iowa opponent returned a fumble for a touchdown. Iowa lost the game, 27-24, but won its final four contests of the season, including the Outback Bowl over South Carolina.

Nov. 2, 1991 — LeRoy Smith set the Iowa record for most sacks (five) and most tackles for loss (six) in a game. Smith finished the season with 18 sacks and 22 tackles for loss — both Hawkeye records.

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