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Iowa Hawkeyes Go ‘Back to the Future’ in Radio Call of Game-Winning Moment

Back to the Future! 1985 Revisited!

That was a quote uttered by legendary play-by-play radio announcer Gary Dolphin as he called Iowa Hawkeyes kicker Keith Duncan’s 33-yard game-winning field goal to upset the previously-unbeaten Michigan Wolverines 14-13 at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium.

Michigan had been ranked second in the nation, according to the most recent Associated Press poll.

The reference in the quote was to Iowa’s first victory over an Associated Press-ranked Top-2 team since 1985 — in that game 31 years ago, No. 1 Iowa defeated No. 2 Michigan 12-10 with a last-second field goal; the quarterback for Michigan in 1985 was current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

The loss by Michigan — ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings entering the day — was part of a unique day in college football. Previously undefeateds No. 2 Clemson and No. 4 Washington had also earned their first losses of the season — each on their home fields.

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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