|1984 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Top draft pick||Kevin Allen|
|Season MVP||Keith Byars|
|1984 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 13 Ohio State $||7||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 16 Iowa||5||–||3||–||1||8||–||4||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1984 Big Ten Conference football season was the 89th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season.
The 1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Earle Bruce, compiled a 9–3 record, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring offense (32.6 points per game), lost the 1985 Rose Bowl to USC, and was ranked No. 13 in the final AP poll. Running back Keith Byars set a Big Ten record with 1,764 rushing yards, won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player, was selected as a consensus All-American, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. Offensive guard Jim Lachey was also selected as a consensus All-American.
The 1984 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, under head coach Hayden Fry, compiled an 8–4–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (15.5 points allowed per game), defeated Texas in the 1984 Freedom Bowl, and was ranked No. 15 in the final UPI poll. Linebacker Larry Station was a consensus All-American. Chuck Long was the first-team All-Big Ten quarterback and led the conference with a 156.4 passing efficiency rating, and Ronnie Harmon was a first-team All-Big Ten running back.
The 1984 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Mike White, compiled a 7–3 record and finished in a tie for second place in the Big Ten. Wide receiver David Williams set Big Ten records with 101 receptions and 1,278 receiving yards and was a consensus All-American.
The 1984 Purdue Boilermakers football team compiled a 7–5 record, tied with Illinois for second place in the Big Ten, and lost to Virginia in the 1984 Peach Bowl. Leon Burtnett was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, and quarterback Jim Everett led the conference with 3,256 passing yards.
Six Big Ten teams played in bowl games, compiling a 1–5 record in those games.
- 1 Season overview
- 1.1 Results and team statistics
- 1.2 Regular season
- 1.3 Bowl games
- 2 Statistical leaders
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 1985 NFL Draft
- 5 References
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||AP final||AP high||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG||MVP|
|1||Ohio State||Earle Bruce||#13||#2||9–3||7–2||32.6||16.7||Keith Byars|
|2 (tie)||Illinois||Mike White||NR||NR||7–3||6–3||29.4||19.0||David Williams|
|2 (tie)||Purdue||Leon Burtnett||NR||#14||7–5||6–3||23.8||23.6||Jim Everett|
|4 (tie)||Iowa||Bob Commings||#16||#5||8–4–1||5–3–1||27.6||15.5||Ronnie Harmon|
|4 (tie)||Wisconsin||Dave McClain||NR||#20||7–4–1||5–3–1||20.2||17.2||Al Toon|
|6 (tie)||Michigan||Bo Schembechler||NR||#3||6–6||5–4||17.8||16.7||Mike Mallory|
|6 (tie)||Michigan State||George Perles||NR||NR||6–6||5–4||16.1||16.9||James Morrissey|
|8||Minnesota||Lou Holtz||NR||NR||4–7||3–6||17.6||28.7||Rickey Foggie|
|9||Northwestern||Dennis Green||NR||NR||2–9||2–7||12.5||31.7||Keith Cruise|
|10||Indiana||Bill Mallory||NR||NR||0–11||0–9||16.8||30.7||Joe Fitzgerald|
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1984 season
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1984 season
PPG = Average of points scored per game; conference leader's average displayed in bold
PAG = Average of points allowed per game; conference leader's average displayed in bold
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold
On September 1, 1984, the Big Ten football season began with a single conference game.
- Illinois 24, Northwestern 16. In the annual Illinois–Northwestern football rivalry game, Illinois defeated Northwestern, 24–16, before a crowd of 75,753 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois quarterback Jack Trudeau completed 24 of 39 passes for 315 yards. Illinois split end David Williams had 11 receptions for a school record 208 yards.
On September 8, 1984, the Big Ten football teams played 10 non-conference games, resulting in eight wins and two losses.
- Michigan 22, Miami (FL) 14. Michigan (ranked No. 14 in the AP poll) upset Miami (FL) (ranked No. 1), 22–14, before a crowd of 105,403 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan's defense intercepted six Bernie Kosar passes and forced two fumbles. Michigan fullback Bob Perryman scored three touchdowns. Jim Harbaugh started his first game for Michigan.
- Ohio State 22, Oregon State 14. Ohio State (ranked No. 6 in the AP poll) defeated Oregon State, 22–14, before a crowd of 88,072 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Oregon State led, 14-3, at halftime, but Ohio State scored 19 unanswered points in the second half. Keith Byars rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
- Iowa 59, Iowa State 21. In the annual battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, Iowa (ranked No. 10 in the AP poll) defeated Iowa State, 59–21, before a crowd of 66,150 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Chuck Long completed 10 of 17 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Ronnie Harmon scored on 68-yard pass play and again on an 86-yard touchdown run.
- Purdue 23, Notre Dame 21. In the annual Notre Dame–Purdue football rivalry game, unranked Purdue defeated Notre Dame (ranked No. 8 in the AP poll), 23–21, before a crowd of 60,672 at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. Purdue quarterback Jim Everett completed 20 of 28 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and Mike Rendina kicked three field goals. Notre Dame turned the ball over five times.
- Illinois 30, Missouri 24. Illinois defeated Missouri, 30–24, before a record crowd of 78,297 in heavy rain at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Illinois led, 30-17, with two minutes remaining, but Missouri quarterback Marlon Adler threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to George Shorthouse with 1:46 remaining. Missouri's ensuing onside kick failed, but Illinois back Eric Wycoff fumbled two plays later, and Missouri recovered the ball. With 16 seconds left and the ball on the Illinois 23-yard line, Guy Teatfiller sacked Adler, and the clock ran out.
- Wisconsin 27, Northern Illinois 14.
- Michigan State 24, Colorado 21.
- Minnesota 31, Rice 24.
- Washington 26, Northwestern 0.
- Duke 31, Indiana 24.
On September 15, 1984, the Big Ten teams played 10 non-conference games, resulting in two wins and eight losses.
- Washington 20, Michigan 11. Michigan (ranked No. 3 in the AP poll) lost to Washington (ranked No. 16), 20–11, before a crowd of 103,072 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh completed 17 of 37 passes and threw three interceptions. Michigan also fumbled three times with the Huskies recovering twice. Michigan trailed, 20-3, at the end of the third quarter and did not score a touchdown until the final two seconds of the game.
- Penn State 20, Iowa 17. Iowa (ranked No. 5 in the AP poll) lost to Penn State (ranked No. 12), 20–17, before a crowd of 66,145 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Iowa lost three fumbles, two by the punter. With less than two minutes left in the game, Iowa drove to the Penn State 29-yard line. On fourth-and-one, Ronnie Harmon was stopped by the Penn State defense.
- Ohio State 44, Washington State 0. Ohio State (ranked No. 9 in the AP poll) defeated Washington State, 44–0, before a crowd of 89,297 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Keith Byars totaled 145 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns. The game was Ohio State's first shutout since 1980.
- Stanford 34, Illinois 19.
- Miami (FL) 28, Purdue 17.
- Wisconsin 35, Missouri 34.
- Notre Dame 24, Michigan State 20.
- Nebraska 38, Minnesota 7.
- Syracuse 13, Northwestern 12.
- Kentucky 48, Indiana 14.
On September 22, 1984, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 45, Iowa 26.
- Illinois 40, Michigan State 7.
- Purdue 34, Minnesota 10.
- Michigan 20, Wisconsin 14.
- Northwestern 40, Indiana 37.
On September 29, 1984, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 35, Minnesota 22.
- Iowa 21, Illinois 16.
- Purdue 13, Michigan State 10.
- Wisconsin 31, Northwestern 16.
- Michigan 14, Indiana 6.
On October 6, 1984, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Purdue 28, Ohio State 23.
- Iowa 31, Northwestern 3.
- Illinois 22, Wisconsin 6.
- Michigan State 19, Michigan 7.
- Minnesota 33, Indiana 24.
On October 13, 1984, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 45, Illinois 38.
- Iowa 40, Purdue 3.
- Minnesota 17, Wisconsin 14.
- Michigan 31, Northwestern 0.
- Michigan State 13, Indiana 6.
On October 20, 1984, the Big Ten football teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 23, Michigan State 20.
- Iowa 26, Michigan 0.
- Illinois 34, Purdue 20.
- Wisconsin 20, Indiana 16.
- Northwestern 31, Minnesota 28.
On October 27, 1984, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Wisconsin 16, Ohio State 14.
- Iowa 24, Indiana 20.
- Michigan 26, Illinois 18.
- Purdue 49, Northwestern 7.
- Michigan State 20, Minnesota 13.
On November 3, 1984, the Big Ten football teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 50, Indiana 7.
- Iowa 10, Wisconsin 10.
- Illinois 48, Minnesota 3.
- Purdue 31, Michigan 29.
- Michigan State 27, Northwestern 10.
On November 10, 1984, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 52, Northwestern 3.
- Michigan State 17, Iowa 16.
- Illinois 34, Indiana 7.
- Wisconsin 30, Purdue 13.
- Michigan 31, Minnesota 7.
On November 17, 1984, the Big Ten teams played four conference games. Illinois and Northwestern did not play.
- Ohio State 21, Michigan 6. Ohio State (ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll) defeated Michigan, 21–6, before a crowd of 90,286 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
- Minnesota 23, Iowa 17.
- Purdue 31, Indiana 24.
- Wisconsin 20, Michigan State 10.
On December 1, 1984, the Big Ten's regular season came to an end with a single non-conference game.
- Iowa 17, Hawaii 6. Iowa defeated Hawaii, 17–6, before a crowd of 50,000 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Six of ten Big Ten football teams participated in post-season bowl games.
1985 Rose Bowl
On January 1, 1985, Ohio State (ranked No. 6 in the AP poll) lost to USC (ranked No. 18), 20-17, before a crowd of 102,594 in the 1985 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Ohio State quarterback Mike Tomczak threw three interceptions.
1984 Peach Bowl
On December 31, 1984, Purdue lost to Virginia, 27-24, before a crowd of 41,107 in the 1984 Peach Bowl at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta. Purdue quarterback Jim Everett passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, but the Boilermakers gained just 75 yards rushing and committed four turnovers in their first bowl loss.
1984 Hall of Fame Classic
1984 Freedom Bowl
1984 Cherry Bowl
1984 Holiday Bowl
On December 21, 1984, Michigan lost to BYU (ranked No. 1 in the AP and UPI polls), 24-17, before a crowd of 61,248 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. Robbie Bosco, playing with an injured leg, led BYU's winning touchdown drive in the final quarter, ending with a touchdown pass from Bosco to Kelly Smith with 1:23 remaining. After the bowl season, BYU was recognized as the 1984 consensus national champion.
The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders include the following:
Passing efficiency rating
Rushing yards per attempt
Yards per reception
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten honors
|Quarterback||Chuck Long||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Running back||Keith Byars||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Running back||Ronnie Harmon||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Running back||Thomas Rooks||Illinois||UPI|
|Center||Kirk Lowdermilk||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Guard||Chris Babyar||Illinois||AP, UPI|
|Guard||Jim Lachey||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Jeff Dellenbach||Wisconsin||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Mark Krerowicz||Ohio State||UPI|
|Tight end||Cap Boso||Illinois||AP|
|Receiver||Al Toon||Wisconsin||AP, UPI|
|Receiver||David Williams||Illinois||AP, UPI|
|Defensive line||Keith Cruise||Northwestern||AP, UPI|
|Defensive line||Paul Hufford||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Defensive line||George Little||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Defensive line||Kevin Brooks||Michigan||UPI|
|Defensive line||Darryl Sims||Wisconsin||AP|
|Linebacker||Pepper Johnson||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Linebacker||Mike Mallory||Michigan||AP, UPI|
|Linebacker||Larry Station||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Linebacker||Jim Morrissey||Michigan State||UPI|
|Defensive back||Mike Stoops||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Defensive back||Rod Woodson||Purdue||AP|
|Defensive back||Devon Mitchell||Iowa||AP|
|Defensive back||Phil Parker||Michigan State||UPI|
|Defensive back||Richard Johnson||Wisconsin||UPI|
|Running back||Keith Byars||Ohio State||AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC, GNS, NEA, TSN|
|Receiver||David Williams||Illinois||AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFF, GNS, NEA, TSN|
|Offensive guard||Jim Lachey||Ohio State||FWAA, UPI, GNS|
|Linebacker||Larry Station||Iowa||AFCA, AP, UPI, WCFF|
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
|Tight end||Jon Hayes||Iowa||GNS|
|Defensive back||Richard Johnson||Wisconsin||FWAA, NEA, TSN|
- Heisman Trophy voting: Ohio State running back Keith Byars (second); and Iowa quarterback Chuck Long (seventh)
1985 NFL Draft
|Kevin Allen||Offensive tackle||Indiana||1||9|
|Al Toon||Wide Receiver||Wisconsin||1||10|
|Jim Lachey||Offensive tackle||Ohio State||1||12|
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- Tommy George (September 9, 1984). "Michigan tips Miami off the top". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1H, 9H.
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- Bob Dyer (September 9, 1984). "Big-play Hawks cruise by ISU, 59-21". The Des Moines Register. p. 1D, 4D.
- "Purdue shocks Irish, 23-21". Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana). September 9, 1984. p. B1.
- Robert Markus (September 9, 1984). "Missouri's slick, but Illinois hangs on". Chicago Tribune. pp. 4–1, 4–8.
- Tommy George (September 16, 1984). "Huskies dump lifeless Michigan, 20-11". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 9D.
- Bob Dyer (September 16, 1984). "Penn State thwarts Hawkeyes, 20-17: 4th-quarter Iowa drive falls short". The Des Moines Register. p. 1D.
- Cindy Starr (September 16, 1984). "Buckeyes, Byars Bull Through Washington State". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. C6.
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