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Every Iowa State Football Game Ever: The 1930s

We go from 0-9 in 1930 to ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll this decade, so, that’s neat.

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Iowa State-Oklahoma game in Clyde Williams Field (1938).
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Fun facts for this decade are hard to come by but I have two.

Nick Nolte’s father, Frank, lettered at Iowa State from 1929 to 1931.

“Dressed out in the Maize and Blue of Michigan rather than Cardinal and Gold, Iowa State’s football team wins five of its first six games and the Cyclones are the talk of the Midwest,” Cyclones.com said in their recap of the 1930s.

Shoutout tert primary blue?


Rule Changes this Decade:

These are verbatim from this link, so this isn’t my work, it’s just to save a click.

1932: Most far-reaching changes in a quarter of a century set up safeguards against hazards of game: 1) Ball declared dead when any portion of a player other than hands or feet touch the ground; 2) Use of flying block and flying tackle barred under penalty of 5 yds.; 3) Players on defense forbidden to strike opponents on head, neck, or face; 4) Hard or dangerous equipment must be covered with padding.

1934, The Ball: Measurement around middle reduced to 21 1/4 to 21 1/2”.

1937, Uniforms: Numbering front (6” arabic) and back (10” arabic) required.

1939: All players must wear head protectors.


Winsipedia Win Percentage Line Chart:


1930 (0-9)

Back Row: Dunn, Intermill, Etzel, Nelson, Johnson, Saddoris, Metcalf. Middle Row: Workman (coach), Moen, Wilcox, Farrell, Smith, Bennett, Grefe, Swoboda, Bowes, Honaker. Front Row: Tegland, Albee, Duesenburg, Nagel, Nolte, Hood, Impson, Wells and Schmidt.
1931 Bomb

(Jared’s note: Iowa State Fights made its debut this year, other than that this season was one to forget.)

at Illinois - Recap.

Nebraska - Ticket Stub, Omaha World-Herald Recap, Bowen (Iowa State) Rush Photo, Mathis (Nebraska) Rush Photo, Recap Part One and Stats, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One, PxP Part Two and Harold Thomas (former Des Moines North head coach) Commentary.

at Kansas - Recap.

Oklahoma - Ticket Stub, Game Program excerpts, Duesenberg Dives to Down Sooner Photo, Iowa State Rush Photo, Iowa State Goal Line Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Dick Grefe Individual Photo, PxP Part One, PxP Part Two and PxP Part Three.

at Mizzou - Recap Part One and Recap Part Two and PxP.

Kansas State - Ticket Stub, Game Program, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and PxP Part One, PxP Part Two and Three Photos.

at Drake - Photo, Photo, Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

at Loyola (New Orleans, Louisiana) - Preview and Recap.

(Jared’s note: this college is now known as Loyola University New Orleans, a member of the NAIA in the Southern States Athletic Conference.)

Paul Trauger individual Photo

at Rice - Recap.


Better quality photos of select players:

Roger Bowen

Ivan Impson and Hilford Bowes

Trueman Nelson


1931 (5-3)

1932 Bomb

Simpson - Dick Grefe Punt Return Photo (Jared’s note: this is Simpson’s best jersey), Duesenberg End Run Photo, Stats and Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

at Morningside - Preview via Windsor Star (Ontario), Game Program Sheet, Recap, Play by Play Part One, Play by Play Part Two and Play by Play Part Three.

at Detroit - Preview, Game Program and Recap.

Mizzou Game Program and Recap. (Jared’s note: this clipping mentions the blue jerseys Iowa State was wearing as well as a successful Statue of Liberty play by the Cyclones.)

at Oklahoma - Photo, Dick Grefe Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two. (Jared’s note: Oklahoma lost this game 13-12 thanks to their last PAT going wide.)

(Jared’s note: before the Kansas State game, live mascot Durban von der Gartenstadt, a 160 pound golden brindle Great Dane was introduced the student at a Friday pep rally. Follow up: this 1989 Register article shares a short history of live mascots. Follow up to my follow up: Vivian (Snook) Smedal’s sister, Neta, was the first flying instructor of Amelia Earhart.)

Kansas State - Ticket Stub, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

(Jared’s note: if Kansas State didn’t lose 6-3 to Nebraska and instead beat them, Iowa State would’ve had another Conference title.)

Drake - Lindstrom (Iowa State) Rush Photo, Statistics, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One, PxP Part Two, PxP Part Three and Summary.

at Nebraska - Photos, Marvin Paul, No. 69, (Nebraska) Rush Photo, Game Program Cover and The First Seven Pages, Omaha World-Herald Recap, Gazette Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two. (Jared’s note: “Sec” Taylor of the Des Moines Register was a referee for this game, one of many he would be an official in.)


1932 (3-4-1)

1933 Bomb

Simpson - Dick Grefe (ISC) Rush Photo, Ames Trips Simpson, 21-0, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Play by Play.

Morningside - Grefe Fake Placekick -> Successful Touchdown Pass Photo, Grefe Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Play by Play. (Jared’s note: check out how Morningside’s socks match their sleeves.)

at Nebraska - Game Program Cover and Rosters, Omaha World-Herald Recap, DMR Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One, PxP Part Two and PxP Part Three.

Kansas - Kansas Pass Photo, Dick Grefe Rush Photo, Schaake (Kansas) Rush Photo, Game Program Excerpts, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

at Mizzou - Game Program Excerpts, DMR Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One, PxP Part Two and PxP Part Three.

at Kansas State - Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Play by Play.

Oklahoma - Three Photos, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two. (Jared’s note: Oklahoma has VERTICAL jersey numbers, here is a colorized drawing of what the Sooners looked like on this November day.)

Drake - Theophilus (ISC) Photo, Wieland (Drake) Tackled by ISC Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.


1933 (3-5-1)

Central College - Omer Ray (Central) Rush Photo, Harry Maloney (Central) Rush Photo, Theophilus (ISC) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Play by Play.

at Denver - Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Play by Play.

Nebraska - Winged Helmets Photo, Game Program, Sauer (Nebraska) Rush Photo, Boswell (Nebraska) Rush Photo, Omaha World-Herald Recap, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

at Oklahoma - Robertson (Oklahoma) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

(Jared’s note: Robertson caught the flu about a month later, he also had a nickname that includes a racial slur which was wrong to use then and is wrong to use today.)

Mizzou - Game Program and Recap.

Iowa - Game Program Cover and Two Pages, Framed Photograph, DMR Photos, Crayne (Iowa) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Game Diagram, PxP Part One, PxP Part Two and PxP Part Three.

Kansas State - Stoner (K-State) Rush Photo, Graham (K-State) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Play by Play.

at Kansas - Trip Expense Report Photo, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

at Drake - Drake Rush Photo, Wieland (Drake) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Recap Part Three and Play by Play.


1934 (5-3-1)

All-American: Fred Poole (Punter)

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Luther College - Miller (ISC) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

Luther and Grinnell Game Program Sheet.

Grinnell - Miller (ISC) Rush Photo, Two Rush Attempts by Clark (Grinnell) Photo, Another Clark Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and Recap Part Three and PxP Part Two.

at Mizzou - Game Program Cover, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

Iowa - Highlights, Game Program, Ticket Stub, Photos, Iowa Tries Trickery Photo, Front of DMR Sports Page, Recap Part Two, Game Diagram and Play by Play.

at Nebraska - Game Program Cover, Left End Rush (ISC) Photo, Miller (ISC) Rush Photo, Omaha World-Herald Recap, DMR Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One, PxP Part Two and PxP Part Three.

Kansas - Game Program, Hapgood (Kansas) Rush Photo, Stukey (Kansas) Intercepts Cyclone Pass Photo, 20 Yard Pass Completion Poole to Neal Photo, Neal (ISC) 12 Yard Gain Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Game Chart Graphic, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

at Oklahoma - Miskovsky (Oklahoma) Punt Block Return Photo, Poynor (Oklahoma) Touchdown Dive Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

Drake - Game Program, Neal 78 Yard Rush Photo, Allender Touchdown Jaunt Photo, Potts (Drake) to Deskin (Drake) Pass Photo, Fulton (Drake) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

at Kansas State - Headline, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Recap Part Three and Recap Part Four.


1935 (2-4-3)

All-American: Ike Hayes (Offensive Guard)

Postcard found on Worthpoint

Cornell College - Coffman (Cornell) Receiving Touchdown Photo, Brand (Cornell) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

Nebraska - Game Program, Omaha World-Herald Recap, Iowa State Holds (NFL All-Star) Lloyd Carwell to 4 Yards Photo, Doug Douglas (Nebraska) Rush Photo, Cardwell (Nebraska) 51 Yard Touchdown Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three and Play by Play.

Upper Iowa - Iowa State College Offensive Attack Photo, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two. (Jared’s note: the 1936 Bomb says this was the first loss in two years for the Peacocks.)

at Oklahoma - Raphael Boudreau (Oklahoma, 1914-1970) Kick Photo, Two Oklahoma Rush Photos, Al Wolfe (ISC) Rush Photo and Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

Mizzou - Game Program (cover and back) and Roster, Ticket, Miller (ISC) Six Yard Gain Photo, Lochiner (Mizzou) 50 Yard Return Photo, Frye (Mizzou) Five Yard Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

at Marquette - Recap.

Kansas State Game Program and Recap.

at Drake - Raffety (Drake) Nine Yard Rush Photo, Snell (ISC) Six Yard Rush Photo, Allender to Rushmore (ISC) Passing TD Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Recap Part Three, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

at Kansas - Recap.


Better quality photos of select players:

John Anderson

Ken Batman

Tommy Neal

Elwin Snell


1936 (3-3-2)

1937 Bomb

Northern Iowa - Tommy Neal 35 Yard Run Photo, Fans Brave Downpour Photo, Elvin Snell (1912-1981) Ten Yard Rush Photo, Reupke (ISC) Rush 15 Yard Photo, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two. (Jared’s note: the 2020 Media Guide says at the bottom of Page 79 that the school record is 18 punts against Marquette. I’m not doubting that, however the fact that “Recap Part One” shows 19(!) punts has me curious.)

at Nebraska - Game Program Cover and Excerpts, Omaha World-Herald Recap, Play by Play Part One and Play by Play Part Two.

Kansas - Game Program, Neal 37 Yard Rush Photo, Francis Paronto of Kansas (1916-1943) Seven Yard Rush Photo, Everett “Rabbit” Kischer Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, PxP Part One and PxP Part Two.

Cornell College - Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

at Mizzou - Recap.

Oklahoma - Game Program, 12 Game Action Photos, Hewes (Oklahoma) Intercepts Kischer Pass Photo, 15 Yard Rush by Oklahoma Photo, Headline, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

at Kansas State - Kansas State Student Ticket Book and Recap.

Drake - Game Program, Lone Drake Touchdown Photo, Neal 23 Yard Rush Photo, Woltz (Drake) Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.


Better quality photos of select players:

Joe Goldberg

Clarence Gustine


1937 (3-6)

Action photo from the game against Drake.
1938 Bomb

1937 Season Preview Card

Northern Iowa - Media Guide of UNI, John Magovich (Dec. 21, 1915 - Aug. 2, 1948) Headshot, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

Northwestern - Game Program Cover and Excerpts, All-American Everett “The Rabbit” Kischer in action at Northwestern in 1937, Don Heap (Northwestern) Rush Photo, Bernard Jefferson (Northwestern) Rush Photo*, Chicago Tribune Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Lineups and Substitutions and Kischer Had Four Interceptions.

(*Jared’s note: “Bernie” Jefferson was a Tuskegee Airman.)

Coach Yeager Cartoon

Nebraska - Game Program, Kischer Touchdown Pass to Heileman Photo, Amen (Nebraska) 80 Yard Touchdown Rush Photo, (More) Photos, Omaha World-Herald Recap, Lincoln Star Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Recap Part Three, Recap Part Four, Quarter by Quarter Stats and Play by Play.

at Kansas - Recap.

at Drake - Manders (Drake) Pass Reception Photo, Fisher (Drake) Five Yard Rush Photo, Suter (Drake) 33 Yard Rush Photos, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three and Stats.

Mizzou - Vickerstaff (ISC) 12 Yard Pass to Reupke Photo, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

at Oklahoma - Play by Play.

at Marquette - DMR Recap and Sioux City Journal Recap.

Kansas State Game Program, Kischer Returns Punt 40 Yards Photo, Recap and Photo, Field Conditions and Attendance Number.


1938 (7-1-1)

All-Americans: Everett “Rabbit” Kischer (Quarterback) and Ed Bock (Guard)

Here is a throwback photo for you. This is Clyde Williams Stadium back in 1938. We were playing Oklahoma in this game.
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at Denver - Recap.

Luther College - Two Action Photos, Razzle-Dazzle Play Photo, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

at Nebraska - Game Program Cover, Dodd (Nebraska) 12 Yard Rush Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

at Mizzou - Six Action Photos, Reupke Action Photo, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

Kansas - Game Program, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

at Marquette - Recap. (one can acquire a DVD of the game from Marquette here.)

** IOWA STATE IS RANKED No. 18 IN THE AP POLL **

Drake - Ticket Stub, Recap Part One and Reupke (ISC) Rush Photo, Recap Part Two, Recap Part Three, Woltz (Drake) Seven Yard Rush Photo, Underwood (Drake) Returns Kickoff 57 Yards Photo, Another Reupke Rush Photo and No ‘Hoopla’ in Cyclone Dressing Room.

at Kansas State - Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

(Jared’s note: following the tie against Kansas State, Iowa State is one of a dozen teams considered for a bowl that would be played on December 31, 1938... ...This bowl ended up not being played.)

#7 Oklahoma - Lineups, Game Program Cover and Excerpts, Cylone [Sic] Pass Nets Five Yards, Rogers (Oklahoma) Gains Ground Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Recap Part Three, Recap Part Four and All Perfect But Final Score.

(Jared’s note: Oklahoma would lose 17-0 to No. 2 Tennessee in the 1939 Orange Bowl.)


1939 (2-7)

Des Moines Register -> Published in 1940 Bomb

Coe - Game Program Cover, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

at Denver - Game Program Cover and Excerpts, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

at Kansas - Game Program Cover and Excerpts, Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

Nebraska - Game Program Cover, Herm Rohrig (Nebraska) Game Winning Kick Photo, Photos, Osborne (Iowa State) Rush Photo, Rohrig (Nebraska) Left End Rush Photo, Omaha World-Herald Recap, DMR Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

at Drake - Game Winning Touchdown Photo, Game Program Cover, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two, Recap Part Three, Drake Double Reverse Photo, Vickerstaff (Iowa State) Tackled Photo, 12 Photos, One Hyperlink, Wallace (QB, Iowa State) Rushes Left Five Yards Photo and White (Drake) Laterals to Harvey Photo.

Mizzou - Game Program, Gale (Mizzou) Tackle Photo, Jay Wallace (Iowa State) Touchdown Photo, Starmer (Mizzou) Seven Yard Rush Photo, Mizzou Kick Return and Touchdown Photos, DMR Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.

at #6 Oklahoma - Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

at Marquette - Recap Part One and Recap Part Two.

Kansas State - Game Program Cover, Don Griswold (1917-1942) Rush Photo, Don Griswold Tackles Kickoff Returner Photo, Recap Part One, Recap Part Two and Recap Part Three.