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Every Iowa State Football Game Ever: The 1920s

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Jack Trice and Holloway Smith are two athletes one should know about from this decade.

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So this decade is interesting as the Cyclones will have five straight 4-3-1 seasons.

The Cyclones faced off against Coach William H. Spaulding of Minnesota in 1923 and shutting him out as the coach of UCLA in 1926.

Rule changes this decade:

1920: Clipping was defined.

1922: Try for point introduced. Ball brought out five yds. from goal line for scrimmage, allowing try for extra point by place kick, drop kick, run, or forward pass.

Try for point after TD from five yard line.

Players withdrawn during the first half may not return until the second half. Players withdrawn during the second half may not return to the game.

1925: Kickoff at 40 yard line. Clipping made a violation, originally a 25 yard penalty.

1927: Goal posts moved back ten yards to end line.

One-second pause imposed on shift. Thirty seconds allowed for putting ball in play. Huddle limited to 15 seconds. To encourage use of lateral pass, missed backward pass other than from center snap declared dead ball when it hits the ground and cannot be recovered by opponents.

1929: The Ball - Measurement around middle reduced to 22 to 22 1/2”

Try for PAT from two yard line.

All fumbles ruled dead at point of recovery.


Winsipedia Win Percentage Line Chart:


1920 (4-4)

All-American: Leigh “Polly” Wallace (Center)

(Jared’s note: A fellow All-American of “Polly” was Notre Dame fullback George Gipp.)

1922 Bomb

Coe - 2-S.

@ Grinnell - S-1 and S-3.

Mizzou - 1-S, 2-S Part One and 2-S Part Two.

@ Kansas - 1-S, 2-S and Some of ISC’s 1920 Grid Stars (Photo).

Washington (MO) - 1-S, 2-S Part One and 2-S Part Two.

@ Creighton - Recap.

@ Kansas State - 1-S, 2-S Part One and 2-S Part Two.

Iowa - Overhead Photo, Action Photo, Another Action Photo, Register Photos, 1-S and 4-S.


1921 (4-4)

1923 Bomb

Coe - Photos, 1-S and 2-S.

Grinnell - Recap.

@ Mizzou - Recap.

Kansas - Photos, 1-S, 4-S Part One, 4-S Part Two and 4-S Part Three.

@ Washington (MO) - Recap and Play by Play Diagrams and Two Photos of Game Action.

@ Drake - Photos, 1-S, 2-S Part One, 2-S Part Two and 2-S Part Three.

Kansas State - Recap.

Nebraska - Photos, 1-S and 4-S. (Gray jerseys worn by Ames)


1922 (2-6)

Coe - Photos, S-1 and S-3.

Mizzou - Photos, S-1 and S-2.

@ Grinnell - Photos and Recap.

Washington (MO) - Photos, S-1 and S-4.

@ Drake - Promotional Ad, Photos, S-1, S-3 and Catch a Replay at the Des Moines Theater.

@ Kansas State - S-1 and S-3.

Central Oklahoma - 2-S.

@ Nebraska - 1-A, 3-A-1, 3-A-2, 3-A-3, 3-A-4 and 3-A-5.


1923 (4-3-1)

Simpson - Game Photo, Game Program, Photo, Photo, Photo, Photo, 1-S and 3-S.

@ Minnesota - Photo, Kagavi Photo, Star Tribune Recap Part One, Star Tribune Recap Part Two, 1-S, 4-S and The Minneapolis Star Memorial for Jack Trice.

@ Mizzou - 1-S and 2-S.

Kansas State - Photo, 1-S and 2-S.

@ Washington (MO) 1-S and 3-S.

@ Drake - Game program, Photos, 1-S and S-3.

Nebraska - Rufus Dewitz (Nebraska) Rush Photo, Johnny Behm rush, Washed out photo, 1-S, 2-S Part One and 2-S Part Two.

Grinnell - Photos, 1-S and 4-S.


1924 (4-3-1)

Nebraska Wesleyan - Game Program, Photo, 2-S Part One and 2-S Part Two.

@ Wisconsin - S-1 and S-3.

@ Kansas - S-1 and S-3.

Mizzou - Game Program, Photos and Sioux City Journal Recap.

@ Kansas State - S-1 and S-3.

@ Minnesota - Cyril Palm (Ames) Rushes Right End Photo, Figures on Game (Stats), S-1, S-8 Part One and S-8 Part Two.

@ Grinnell - S-1, S-5 Part One and S-5 Part Two. (Jared’s note: One of Grinnell players, F. Morgan Taylor, won Olympic gold in the 400 meter hurdles in Paris during the summer.)

Drake - Johnny Behm Action Photo, Game Program, S-1, S-2 Part One and S-2 Part Two.


1925 (4-3-1)

The oldest Iowa State trading card in existence: 1925 Star Player Candy Capt. Harry Lindblom
Auctioned for $286.80 in November 2016

Simpson - S-1 and S-2.

@ Wisconsin - S-1, S-2 Part One and S-2 Part Two.

Kansas - Johnny Behm Photos, Game Program, S-1, S-5 Part One and S-5 Part Two.

Washington (MO) - Charley Hill Photo, S-1, S-8 Part One and S-8 Part Two.

@ Mizzou - S-1, S-2 Part One and S-2 Part Two.

Grinnell - Game Program, S-1 and S-2.

@ Drake - Aerial View, Johnny Behm Photo, Photos, S-1, S-5 and S-5 Play by Play. (Jared’s note: Johnny Behm took three intentional safeties during this game)

Kansas State - Feather (K-State) Action Photo, Game Program, Page Eight, Page Ten Part One and Page Ten Part Two.

1926 Bomb

1926 (4-3-1)

1927 Bomb

@ Washington (MO) - Recap.

Oklahoma A&M - S-1 and S-2.

@ Grinnell - Photo, S-1, S-5 Part One and S-5 Part Two.

Mizzou - Bob Fisher (Ames) Photo, S-1, S-5 Part One and S-5 Part Two.

@ Nebraska - Mandery (Nebraska) Touchdown Photo, Play by Play Part One and Play by Play Part Two.

Drake - Game Program, Photo, 1-S, 2-S Part One, 2-S Part Two, 1-S Turn To 6-S and 6-S.

@ Kansas State - 1-S, 3-S Part One and 3-S Part Two.

@ UCLA - Classic Games (WRNL) Recap, featuring Game Program, Game Ticket, Game Preview, Newspaper Clippings and Yearbook pages.


1927 (4-3-1)

1928 Bomb

@ Nebraska - Two Action Photos, Grid Chart, Recap, Play by Play Part One, Play by Play Part Two and Play by Play Part Three.

Simpson - Game Program, 1-S and 4-S.

@ Illinois - #MinuteOfCycloneHistoryMonday Video, Photos, 1-S, 3-S Part One and 3-S Part Two.

Kansas State - Game Program, 1-S, 2-S Part One and 2-S Part Two.

@ Drake - Photos, 1-S, 2-S, 5-S and 6-S.

Mizzou - Two Game Photos, Game Photo That Shows Snowy Conditions, Page Seven, Page Eight and Page Nine.

Grinnell - 1-S and 3-S.

@ Marquette - Page Seven and Page Eight.


1928 (2-5-1)

Nebraska - Photo, Paul Trauger (Ames) Action Photo, Game Program, 1-S, 5-S Part One, 5-S Part Two and 5-S Part Three.

@ Grinnell - Grinnell Action Photo, 1-S, 4-S Part One and 4-S Part Two.

@ Mizzou - Photo, 1-S, 4-S, 8-S Part One and 8-S Part Two.

@ Kansas - 1-S and 7-S.

vs. Oklahoma - Promotional Graphic, Photo, 1-S and 7-S.

vs. Kansas State - Photos, 1-S, 5-S Part One and 5-S Part Two.

@ Drake - Dick Nesbitt (Drake) Photo, 1-S, 4-S and 7-S.

@ Marquette - Page Seven and Page Ten.


1929 (1-7)

Back Row: Wilcox (Mgr.), Kubicek, Doty, Blohm, L. Nagel, Hood, Elerick, Nelson (Trainer). Middle Row: Coach Workman, Burton, Wells, Nelson, Nolte, Intermill, Larson, Asst. Coach Schmidt Asst. Coach Honaker. Front Row: Wilcox, Johnson, Spear, G. Nagel, Capt. Schlenker, Bennett, Smith, Roe and Duesenberg
1930 Bomb

Grinnell - Trauger (Ames) Rush Photo, Bowes (Ames) Rush Photo, 1-S, 4-S Part One, 4-S Part Two and 4-S Part Three.

Mizzou - Photo, Photo, Photo, 1-S and 5-S.

@ Marquette - Page Seven and Page Eight.

Kansas - Three Photos, Game Program, 1-S and 7-S.

@ Oklahoma - 1-S, 5-S Part One and 5-S Part Two.

@ Kansas State - 1-S and 4-S.

Drake - Forrest Bennett (Ames) Rush Photo, Four More Photos, Game Program, 1-S and 4-S.

@ Nebraska - Photo, 1-A, 4-A Part One and 4-A Part Two.