Sport: The Team That Quit

Time was when college football was devoted to the classic commandment of sport: play to win. From Slippery Rock State Teachers to the semipro squads that are the pride of the country's largest universities, players and coaches alike were devoted to a single statistic, the final score. Few teams made more of a business of winning than the powerful platoons of the Big Ten, and few Big Ten teams had a better reason for trying to win last week than the husky Hawkeyes of Iowa.

Not since 1924 had Iowa beaten Michigan. Having built an undergraduate career by winning games for Michigan,...

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