Iowa vs. Michigan
November 14, 1964
The fourth season of the Jerry Burns era started with promise. Iowa returned a passing duo that would rival the best ever seen at Iowa.
Gary Snook to Karl Noonan. The Iowa City junior quarterback tossing to the Davenport junior wide receiver.
The season started out as hoped for Iowa, as they opened up with non-conference home wins over Idaho and Washington. The Big Ten season opened at Bloomington where the Hawkeyes took down the Hoosiers.
A ten point loss at Wisconsin dropped the Hawkeyes to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play, but a two game home stand looked promising. Unfortunately, Iowa went on to lose three more games in a row by a heartbreaking eight points and stood at 3-4 overall.
Highly ranked Michigan traveled to Iowa and Iowa was hoping to do better than the 21-21 tie at Ann Arbor the previous year. Michigan was much improved though and the Hawkeyes, who had the nation's second hardest schedule, would be sorely tested.
Iowa got some bad news when starting left halfback Dalton Kimble was injured. Gary Simpson was named the starter, but Burns was holding out hope that Kimble might dress and play some.
Chalmers Elliott's Wolverines were led by Heisman hopeful quarterback Bob Timberlake and fullback Melvin Anthony.
Timberlake was a dual threat quarterback that also did the place kicking for the Wolves.
Iowa struck first in front of 50,000 Senior Day fans. Snook drove the Hawks down field and then switched up on the visitors by handing the ball to right half Craig Nourse, who rambled 16 yards to pay dirt. At the midway point of the first quarter Iowa held a 7-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter Michigan started to drive as Timberlake mixed the pass with several runs. Timberlake's play action pass to Henderson from six yards out knotted the score at 7-7.
After stopping Iowa, Michigan drove back downfield. This time Anthony scored on a one-yard plunge. The Wolverines went for two and failed and Michigan led in the second quarter 13-7.
Snook and Noonan drove Iowa back down towards Michigan's end zone. On third down, Snook looked to the end zone and fired, but a Michigan safety deflected the ball. As the ball was dropping harmlessly to the Iowa Stadium field, Dick O'Hara launched himself and caught the ball inches off the grass. The kick failed, but Iowa had tied the game 13-13 with four minutes left to play.
Iowa stymied Michigan initially, but then Anthony burst through a hole and rumbled, stumbled, and bumbled 62 yards before being brought down in the red zone. A few plays later Timberlake rolled out, tucked the ball under his wing, and sprinted into the end zone for a 14-yard score. The PAT left the half time score at 20-13, Michigan.
The second half started ominously, as the Hawkeyes began at about their 30-yard line. There Snook fumbled the snap and Michigan pounced on it. Eight plays later, Anthony bulled over from the one for his second score.
Iowa kept trying to let Michigan run away with the game in the second half. Snook was picked off on the next possession, but Iowa held and Michigan missed a field goal.
Two plays later Snook was hit and fumbled. Michigan recovered at the Iowa eight. Looking ahead to an easy score, Anthony failed to secure the ball and Iowa stripped it giving the Hawks the ball back at the 10-yard line.
Neither team mounted an attack until late in the third quarter when Michigan drove and Anthony picked up his third one-yard touchdown run of the day. Michigan led 34-13 going into the fourth quarter. Iowa had seven turnovers on the day and could not move the ball until late in the game when Snook broke free on a 20-yard scramble to provide the final 34-20 margin.
Michigan controlled the game on the ground, rushing 68 times for 229 yards. Iowa could only manage 97 rushing yards on 27 carries. Nourse led all Hawkeyes with 33 yards on seven carries.
Snook wasn't too successful either going 15 of 41 with three interceptions and 227 yards.
Some names you might recognize, former Michigan Congressman, David Bonior, played QB for Iowa, Bump Elliott was the Michigan coach, and Frosty Evashevski was a backup QB for Michigan.
Just to show how times have changed, I included an ad for Tiparillos from the program. Smoking was not only allowed at the game, smokes were even sold in Iowa Stadium.
Iowa's starting lineup:
LE - Dick O'Hara - 6-3, 188
LT - Robert Ziolkowski - 6-4, 262
LG - John Niland - 6-3, 238
C - David Recher - 6-1, 219
RG - Bernard Budzik - 6-1, 201
RT - Leo Miller - 5-11, 240
LE - Tony Giacobazzi - 6-1, 213
QB - Gary Snook - 6-1, 181
LH - Gary Simpson - 5-11, 185
RH - Craig Nourse - 5-10, 170
FL - Karl Noonan - 6-2, 176
LE - Dave Long - 6-3, 207
LT - Phil Deutsch - 6-2, 236
NG - Stephen Hodoway - 6-2, 225
RT - Robert Mitchell - 5-10, 224
RE - Clifford Wilder - 6-3, 205
LRB - Ivory McDowell - 6-4, 186
LHB - David Moreland - 6-1, 178
RRB - Terry Ferry - (not listed)
RHB - Karlin Ryan - 5-10, 195
LLB - Del Gehrke - 5-11, 210
RLB - Dan Hilsabeck - 6-0, 192