Remembering "The Streak"

Lost in the finger pointing after Saturday's crushing defeat to Michigan was the end of a incredible and memorable 22-game winning streak at Kinnick. Senior Writer Rob Howe attended each one of the games in the run and tries to help you get over the Wolverine Blues by offering his Top 10 Moments. How many of you saw each installment of the streak in person? What would you Top 10 be?

Everyone stop. Take a deep breath. Let's move passed Saturday's Michigan game. The Refs vs. Mistakes horse is beaten dead.

Look on the bright side of things, three regular season games and a bowl trip remain. A very good year has life.

If that's not perking you up, think about the incredible 22-game home winning streak. Think about the memories that you were fortunate enough to witness and have stored away to tell your grandchildren.

Maybe your memory isn't what it used to be. Maybe you're still having trouble picking yourself up. No worries, here's a look at the Top 10 Moments from what will forever be known in Hawkeye Land as "The Streak":

10. STOPPING THE 14-GAME TD STREAK BY MICHIGAN ST.'S CHARLES ROGERS, Oct. 12, 2002 - Charles Rogers started the game running his mouth about how he was going to work over the Iowa D-Backs. By the fourth quarter, the talented Spartan WR wasn't saying anything to his opposition. After the game, he skipped out on the press conference, instead issuing a statement.

The Iowa secondary had been much maligned during the early part of '02, but this effort began to silence critics. Rogers left Kinnick with five catches for 78 meaningless yards. More importantly, he rode back to East Lansing without having visited the end zone and much quieter than he arrived, leaving Hawkeye Safety Bob Sanders to say: "Once you put hits on 'em, they tend not to talk a lot."

9. DEREK PAGEL KNOCKING WISKY QB BROOKS BOLLINGER OUT OF THE GAME, Nov. 2, 2002 - With Iowa clinging to a 10-3 lead, Bollinger was flushed out of the pocket and attempted to pick up yardage down the west sideline. Bad decision. LB Kevin Worthy wrapped up his legs and Pagel projected his body into the Badger QB. The sound of pads crashing together rang out over a boisterous crowd, and Bollinger spent the rest of the afternoon on the bench. Iowa D-lineman Colin Cole would take out Badger backup Jim Sorgi later in the game.

8. ED HINKEL'S DIVING, FINGER-TIP TOUCHDOWN CATCH AGAINST ISU, Sept. 11, 2004 – In a game dominated by defense, Hinkel's 29-yard circus catch stood out like a gem. He beat cornerback LaMarcus Hicks, but QB Drew Tate appeared to overthrow him. Hinkel jumped from the 2-yard line, extended and received the pass on his fingertips, landing in the end zone.

"It felt like it was up there forever floating," Hinkel said. "I just kept running and eventually got under it."

7. RAMON OCHOA'S 31-YARD TD RECEPTION WITH 5 MINUTES TO PLAY AGAINST MICHIGAN, Oct. 4, 2003 – It turned out to be the winning touchdown in a 30-27 Hawkeye Homecoming victory, their first triumph over the Wolverines at Kinnick since the famous 1985 game. Officials ruled that The Razor held onto the Nathan Chandler pass long enough as it was stripped right after he caught it. It was just one of the many big plays turned in by Ochoa that season.

6. CLINTON SOLOMON 31-YARD TD RECEPTION FROM DREW TATE AGAINST OHIO ST., Oct. 16 2004 – After taking a 10-0 lead into halftime, the Hawkeyes began turning the game in to a route on this play. Tate connected with his fellow Texan on a 31-yard scoring strike that put the Buckeyes in the rearview mirror. The 33-7 victory represented the most lopsided Iowa win against Ohio State in the history of the series. Tate finished with 331 passing yards and three TDs, while Solomon caught 7 for 131 and two scores.

5. SEAN CONSIDINE BLOCKS 3RD-QUARTER FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT AGAINST PURDUE, Nov. 6, 2004 – Iowa jumped out to a 17-0 lead only to have the visitors score the next two touchdowns. Considine, who made blocking kicks a habit at Iowa, erased Ben Jones' 27-yard try late in the third quarter. It gave the momentum back to the Hawkeyes, who added two field goals by Kyle Schlicher. Purdue scored a late touchdown but could not recover the onsides kick.

4. IOWA'S DEFENSE WIPING OUT HEISMAN DREAM OF ASU'S ANDREW WALTER, SEPT. 20, 2003 – The Iowa crowd rocked the house in a rare Saturday night game. The Hawkeye defense rocked Walter, who finished 23 of 42 for 158 yards, no TDs and a pick. The Sun Devils grabbed a 2-0 lead on a safety, but spent the rest of the evening being hit in the mouth.

3. IOWA CELEBRATES BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER VICTORY AGAINST WISCONSIN, Nov. 20, 2004 – The game itself wasn't overly memorable with the Hawkeyes rolling 30-7. The memory was watching Kirk Ferentz and Iowa seniors like Jonathan Babineaux and Aaron Mickens stand on a makeshift stage and thank the home fans from the Kinnick field. It wasn't quite the scene we saw two years earlier in Minneapolis, but memorable none the less.

2. BRAD BANKS 44-YARD RUN AGAINST PURDUE, Oct. 5, 2002 – Trailing 28-24 with 2:16 on the clock, Iowa started "The Drive" from its own 13. Banks quickly sprung the Hawkeyes from trouble by racing around several Purdue defenders, finally landing across midfield. The crowd rose to its feet and…Well, we don't want to ruin No. 1, do we?

1. DALLAS CLARK HAULS IN A 7-YARD SCORING PASS FROM BANKS ON A 4TH AND GOAL AGAINST PURDUE, Oct. 5, 2002 – After the Banks' run, the Hawkeyes moved the ball to the Purdue 7. With the last bullet in the holster, the Iowa coaches drew up the play and Banks connected with Clark on the right side of the end zone for the score. The ball seemed to stay in the air forever before Clark brought it in to a giant roar from a sold out Kinnick. To read a so-so account of this game, CLICK HERE.

See, now don't you all feel better? Bring on the Wildcats.


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