Where are they now? Rob Houghtlin
|Rob Houghtlin was the starting kicker for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1985 to 1987. During his career at Iowa, the Hawkeyes played in three straight bowl games: a 45-28 loss to UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl, and victories over San Diego State and Wyoming in the 1986 and ’87 Holiday Bowls. In the ’86 Holiday Bowl, Houghtlin’s 41-yard field goal as time expired capped an 18-point fourth quarter and gave the Hawkeyes a 39-38 comeback win over San Diego State. The following season Houghtlin became Iowa’s all-time scoring leader during the Hawkeye’s 29-27 win at Ohio State. Iowa finished the 1987 season 9-3 and tied for 2nd in the Big Ten earning another berth to the Holiday Bowl.|
Houghtlin finished his career with 290 points scored and still ranks 2nd on Iowa’s All-Time list behind kicker Nate Kaeding. Despite making 128 PATs and 54 field goals during his career, Rob Houghtlin will always be remembered most for one clutch kick on October 19th, 1985, when with 2 seconds on the clock, his leg helped #1 Iowa beat #2 Michigan 12-10. Here’s a quick trip down memory lane (thanks to GAV Productions):
Rob Houghtlin currently resides in Rochester Hills, Michigan and is VP/Publisher for Car and Driver Magazine, the world’s largest automotive magazine. Published monthly, Car and Driver Magazine presents the newest cars, SUV’s, trucks and mini-vans with information on features and reviews of performance.
Hawkeye Sports News recently contacted Rob Houghtlin and he was kind enough to answer a few questions. Here is a transcript of HSN’s interview with legendary Hawkeye Rob Houghtlin:
Hawkeye Sports News: What are some of your favorite memories you have from your playing days with Iowa?
Rob Houghtlin: Rose Bowl in 1986, Beating Michigan in 1985, especially because I live in Michigan now! Winning in Columbus in 1987 after not doing so since 1959, Holiday Bowl 1986, and the blowout win versus Illinois in 1985.
HSN: Did you play football professionally after college and for how long?
RH: I tried out for the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears and played one season of Arena Football for the Chicago Bruisers 1989
HSN: How did your experiences at Iowa help prepare you for life after football?
RH: It gave me the ability to handle various pressure situations that I encounter on a daily basis in business and enabled me to handle a multitude of responsibilities at one time.
HSN: How closely do you still follow the Hawkeyes and what are your feelings of the team's future and upcoming season?
RH: I follow the Hawks very closely, once a hawk always a Hawk. I think that Iowa will surprise some folks in the big ten and get invited to a New Years Day bowl.