Hawkeyes bat­tle Tro­jans

Iowa to honor Fry while fac­ing USC in bowl

Antelope Valley Press - - Sports - By BERNIE WIL­SON

SAN DIEGO — Nearly 30 years af­ter Hay­den Fry last worked a side­line in San Diego, the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes will re­mem­ber their for­mer coach when they play No. 22 USC in the Hol­i­day Bowl on Fri­day night.

Iowa will re­move the Tiger­hawk de­cals from its hel­mets to honor Fry, who died on Dec. 17 at age 90. Fry in­tro­duced the logo dur­ing his 20-year ten­ure, which in­cluded trips to the Hol­i­day Bowl in 1986, 1987 and 1991. The Hawkeyes will con­tinue to wear the ANF (Amer­ica Needs Farm­ers) stick­ers on their hel­mets, as well as one hon­or­ing for­mer ath­letic di­rec­tor Bump El­liott, who died Dec. 7 at age 94.

Kirk Fer­entz, in his 21st sea­son as Io- wa’s head coach, was an as­sis­tant to Fry for those first two Hol­i­day Bowl teams and said the late coach loved com­ing to San Diego.

“The big­gest thing is I think his im­pact just over­rid­ing with our pro­gram is so sig­nif­i­cant, and same thing with the Big Ten,” Fer­entz said Thurs­day. “He changed Big Ten his­tory in my opinion, and ob­vi­ously changed Iowa foot­ball his­tory for­ever. You know, his im­pact, and then on top his vi­sion, whether it’s the Tiger­hawk, ANF sticker. All those things that he was able to think about and see, that other peo­ple prob­a­bly just didn’t have that abil­ity. Yeah, he’s a huge rea­son why I’m here ob­vi­ously. Ev­ery day, you think about that.”

Be­sides hon­or­ing Fry, Iowa (9-3) is look­ing for a 10-win sea­son and to give se­nior quar­ter­back Nate Stan­ley a third bowl vic­tory in his ca­reer.

USC (8-4) has won three straight and five of six af­ter a rough start that had fans calling for Clay Hel­ton’s job. Many of those fans weren’t happy when new ath­letic di­rec­tor Mike Bohn an­nounced on Dec. 4 that he was re­tain­ing Hel­ton.

Here are some things to look for at the Hol­i­day Bowl:

FIGHT­ING ON

The Tro­jans would al­ways pre­fer to go to the Rose Bowl, of course, where they capped the 2016 sea­son with a 5249 thriller against Penn State be­hind Sam Darnold. It’s been a tough go since

then, as the Tro­jans were blown out by Ohio State in the Cot­ton Bowl the fol­low­ing sea­son and then tum­bled to 5-7 last year and missed the post­sea­son. They’re in the Hol­i­day Bowl for the third time in six years.

The Tro­jans need a win to val­i­date Bohn’s de­ci­sion to keep Hel­ton and to give the young team a boost go­ing into 2020.

“Since the day that Dr. Carol Folt, our pres­i­dent, and Mike Bohn, our ath­letic di­rec­tor, have come on cam­pus, I have felt noth­ing but sup­port,” Hel­ton said. “You know, for them to be able to eval­u­ate a sea­son and say: ‘Hey, Coach Hel­ton is our guy; we want to give him the tools and re­sources and sup­port needed to be able to take that next step from a Top 25 team to a na­tional cham­pi­onship team,’ is one that as a head coach, you’re very ap­pre­cia­tive.”

FAB­U­LOUS FROSH USC quar­ter­back Ke­don Slo­vis took over af­ter JT Daniels suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing knee injury in the opener and has thrown for 3,242 yards and 28 touch­downs, against nine in­ter­cep­tions. He’s com­ing off a school-record 515 yards as well as four touch­down passes in a 52-35 vic­tory over UCLA. DY­NAMIC DE­FENSE Led by ju­nior end A.J. Epe­nesa, Iowa ranks sixth na­tion­ally in scor­ing de­fense (13.2 points), 12th in to­tal de­fense (304.3 yards) and 12th in pass­ing de­fense (184.2 yards).

HAWKEYES SIG­NAL CALLER

Se­nior Nate Stan­ley will be­come the fifth Iowa quar­ter­back to start three bowl games, and he is look­ing for his third post­sea­son vic­tory. He has started 38 straight games, and the Hawkeyes have av­er­aged 27.8 points in that streak. He’s thrown for 2,738 yards and 14 touch­downs this sea­son, with seven in­ter­cep­tions.

“You don’t see them miss­ing as­sign­ments or get­ting out of gaps and if they get you in third-and-long, they are elite,” Hel­ton said. IOWA WAVE

Fans will be asked to do the “Iowa Wave” di­rected at patients at the Univer­sity of Iowa Stead Fam­ily Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from two chil­dren’s hospi­tals in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia who will be at the game. The salute started on Sept. 2, 2017, when more than 70,000 fans stood at the end of the first quar­ter and waved to patients and fam­i­lies in the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, which rises above Kin­nick Sta­dium. The patients and fam­i­lies waved back. Ever since, play­ers and coaches from both teams, game of­fi­cials and others work­ing the games join in the wave.

At the end of the first quar­ter at the Hol­i­day Bowl, ev­ery­one in the sta­dium will be en­cour­aged to stand and wave to­ward the east end video board that will fea­ture the chil­dren and fam­i­lies at the Iowa City hos­pi­tal. Sit­ting below the video board will be rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Rady Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in San Diego and in­di­vid­u­als from Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Los Angeles. FS1 plans to cover the event dur­ing the game broad­cast so the chil­dren in Iowa City will see it.

As­so­ci­ated Press

HOL­I­DAY PRESS — The Hol­i­day Bowl trophy tow­ers in the fore­ground as USC head foot­ball coach Clay Hel­ton and Iowa head foot­ball coach Kirk Fer­entz speak to mem­bers of the me­dia about the 2019 Hol­i­day Bowl dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day in San Diego.

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