Welcome back, sports fans, to Throwback Thursday, a time to look upon our past with equal parts nostalgia, pride and a healthy dose of shame. For as casual style goes through awkward changes and redesigns so do football uniforms and logos.
This week we take a look at the 1921 Iowa Hawkeyes:
The Hawkeyes were blessed with legendary coach Howard Jones, and 1921 was the year his legend began to unfold. Iowa played Knute Rockne's Notre Dame squad on October 8 and won a close 10-7 contest to give the Fighting Irish their first loss since 1918. The rest of the season was a breeze for the boys in black and gold, and Iowa finished 7-0 with their first Big Ten Championship since 1900. Three Hawkeyes were named All-Americans, and four more players were named All-Big Ten. Iowa was invited to play in the 1922 Rose Bowl against the Cal Golden Bears, but the Big Ten had Iowa decline the invitation. However, the Hawkeyes were still named national champions by Parke H. Davis, an NCAA sanctioned selector. The Hawkeyes went undefeated again in 1922 but haven't been able to duplicate that success since.
Iowa resurrected their classic gold and black uni in 2012 for the Cy-Hawk game with arch-rival Iowa state.