Iowa State University

1980 Cyclones
(Authentic Reproduction)



Perhaps identifying with the success he had enjoyed while on staff at Oklahoma where the team wore the easily recognized red helmet with white "OU" on each side, Duncan again used the Cardinal helmet for the 1980 campaign and placed a Sunflower gold block letter "I" outline on each side that was otherwise clear. By vertically stacking Sunflower gold "ISU" lettering within the "I" outline, it allowed the ISU to stand out against the Cardinal background of the shell. Waldorf (Iowa) JC transfer Dwayne Crutchfield immediately improved the rushing attack with 1312 yards and eleven TD's. Opening the season with a five game win streak only led to fan disappointment as the Cyclones dropped five of the final six to finish at 6-5 (the 28-17 loss to Kansas was later for added as a forfeit victory as the Jayhawks had used ineligible players). The secondary was ranked as the nation's number-two unit with Larry Crawford joining Crutchfield as an All Big Eight pick. Crawford was the MVP in the Blue-Gray Game and was a CFL All Pro with the BC Lions. DE Kenny Neil had four years with the Jets.

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