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It’s official: THE coldest Iowa home football game ever

[ 0 ] November 23, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – According to research done by KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, a record was set Saturday for coldest kickoff-temperature ever for an Iowa home football game.

The kickoff temperature for Iowa vs. Michigan was 18 degrees.

The previous low was 23 degrees at kickoff of a Nov. 20, 1926 game against Northwestern.

Saturday’s conditions were a 100-degree flop from the Aug. 31 season opener against Northern Illinois. The temperature at kickoff was 85 degrees that day, with a triple-digit heat index. The wind chill was 4 degrees at kickoff Saturday. The temperature on the field during Iowa’s 30-27 loss to Northern Illinois was in excess of 150 degrees.

The wind chill was minus-13 at kickoff for last season’s final home game, against Nebraska, but the temperature at kickoff that day was 31 degrees, with a mind out of the northwest at 26 mph.

Saturday’s temperature was the first time it’s been under 30 degrees at kickoff for a home game since 1991.

More after the video

It was 28 degrees on Nov. 23, 1991, when Iowa and Minnesota kicked off at Kinnick Stadium. It had also snowed in the hours leading up to the game. Iowa receiver Danan Hughes is best remembered for making a snow angel in the south end zone after catching one of his three touchdown passes from Matt Rodgers in the 23-8 victory. That game was also Hayden Fry’s 100th victory at Iowa.

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