Since Iowa and Iowa State started playing for the Cy-Hawk trophy in 1977, the Hawkeyes lead the series 23-13. That includes a 15-game winning streak starting in 1983. But over the last 18 years the series is tied at nine wins apiece.
The 61st meeting is Saturday, with Iowa holding the overall edge, 39-21. Iowa State has won the last two meetings by a total of six points.
There are over 100 native Iowans on the two rosters who have grown up watching the yearly battle. Even though the actual Cy-Hawk trophy has changed over the last two years it still means the same thing to the players and coaches -- it's important.
"I'd second that," said Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. "I could play for a lollipop and be extremely excited about it."
"The trophy is just kind of proving the work you've put in to beat this team," said Iowa State running back Jeff Woody. "Regardless of whether Iowa has it or we have it -- our goal is to keep it here -- regardless of who has it, they had to earn that trophy."
"I think everyone who's grown up in this state knows what this game is," said Iowa senior guard Conor Bofelli. "Even guys who aren't from the state but have experienced it a couple of times know how big of a game this is."
"I'm from Michigan and I know about the Michigan-Ohio State thing," said Iowa junior defensive tackle Carl Davis. "Now that I've been here so long, to me it's turned into that type of feeling, the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. There's a lot of hate and tension in there."
The game kicks off at 5 o'clock on Saturday. KTIV Sports Director Brad Pautsch will be in Ames and will have a postgame report Saturday at ten.
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