When Iowa and Iowa State battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy on Saturday, the Hawkeyes will be trying to keep a streak alive. Iowa has beaten Iowa State four straight times at Kinnick Stadium, going back to 2002. Since the series was renewed in 1977, Iowa is 13-3 against the Cyclones at Kinnick.
Last season, Iowa State won the wildest game in the series, 44-41 in triple overtime. The Hawkeye players are being reminded of last year's game when they go to their practice facility in Iowa City. Iowa State posters and pictures of Cyclone fans celebrating greet the players, who are using it as motivation.
"One of the worst losses I've ever felt, definitely in a while, in my sporting career," said Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde. "This week, it's key to prepare a little better and watch more tape and focus a little harder on the game."
"It eats at us a little bit. It's hard to look at it," said Iowa center James Ferentz. "At the same time, you've just got to throw on the film from last year and Iowa State just came out and they were the better team that day and they really deserved to win that game."
"It brings you back to last year. Losing that game in three overtimes, being so close several times but they deserved to win last year," said Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg. "They're a good program and we're looking for the opportunity to earn that trophy back."
Iowa leads the overall series 39-20. Kickoff on Saturday is at 2:30 PM on the Big Ten Network.
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