This year's Iowa football team is GOOD! So you know whatever bowl game they play in will be a memorable one.

This got us thinking, what are some of the best Hawkeye bowl games in history?  Here are the five we came up with.

Top 5 Iowa Bowl Games

2004 Outback Bowl - Florida vs Iowa
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5: 2004 Outback Bowl- #13 Iowa def. #15 Florida 37-17

Hawkeye kicker Nate Kaeding showed why he was on the fast track to the NFL, connecting on all three of his Field Goal attempts and finishing 4-4 on PATs as Iowa routed QB Chris Leak and the Gators.


4: 1991 Holiday Bowl- #7 Iowa ties BYU 13-13

In what would become the last tie game in major College Football history, the Hawkeye defense shut down defending Heisman trophy winner Ty Detmer.  The problem was, Iowa couldn't mount much offense themselves, going scoreless in the 2nd half.

Orange Bowl - Iowa v Georgia Tech
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3: 2010 Orange Bowl- #10 Iowa def. #9 Georgia Tech 24-14

Leading up to this game, the media focused on the Yellow Jackets high powered offense taking on the Hawkeyes stifling defense.  But it was the Iowa offense that bested Georgia Tech.  QB Ricky Stanzi threw two early Touchdown passes and the Hawkeye defense took it from there to give the Hawkeyes their first and only BCS Bowl win.  DE Adrian Clayborn took home MVP honors.


2: 1959 Rose Bowl- #2 Iowa def. #13 California 38-12

Things were different back in the 50s.  The Hawkeyes were already declared split National Champions with LSU in two polls prior to the Rose Bowl.  So the Hawkeyes decided to prove they deserved it outright.  They jumped out to a 20-0 lead on Cal at halftime and never looked back.  Halfback Bob Jeter was named Player of the Game. One poll following the game declared Iowa the outright National Champion.  The Hawkeyes haven't won a Rose Bowl since.

Capital One Bowl
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1: 2005 Capital One Bowl- #12 Iowa def. #11 LSU 30-25

In what has become known as "The Catch" among Hawkeye fans everywhere, QB Drew Tate found WR Warrren Holloway for a 56 yard Touchdown as time expired to give them the win.  LSU coach Nick Saban would go on to leave Baton Rouge to coach the NFL's Miami Dolphins, while Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz went on to sign a seven year contract extension.  LSU became the first defending champion to lose a non-BCS bowl the following year.  Tate was the game's MVP.

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