Happy New Year!
And congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeyes’ football team following their 31-10 Outback Bowl victory over South Carolina yesterday. The success of Doak Walker Award winner Shonn Greene during the 2008 season and in the Outback Bowl brings to mind another Hawkeye running back on New Year’s Day: Bob Jeter.
In the 1959 Rose Bowl game, Jeter ran for 194 yards in just nine carries, including an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter (shown). Iowa defeated the California Golden Bears, 38-12, before 98,287 fans. The Hawkeyes set several Rose Bowl records in the game: rushing yards (429), total yards (516), rushing yards by an individual (Jeter’s 194), and longest run (Jeter’s 81). Bob Jeter was named game’s MVP.
Iowa finished the 1958 season 8-1-1 overall, 5-1 in the Big Ten Conference, and was ranked number two nationally in both the AP and UPI polls.
Bob Jeter later played for the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears in the NFL (1963-1973). He died of a heart attack last November 20 at the age of 71.