Hawkeye football aiming to continue winning streak in CyHawk Series
Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz just surpassed Hayden Fry in career wins at Iowa. Now he’s hoping to do something which hasn’t been done since Fry was coach – win four straight against Iowa State.
Despite some back-and-forth in the series at the start of the century, the Hawkeyes lately have dominated their in-state rivals, winning three straight, four of five, and seven out of ten. Iowa hasn’t beaten Iowa State four straight times since winning 15 in a row in the series from 1983-1997.
Senior defensive lineman Parker Hesse says his class takes pride in having a chance to sweep the series.
“That’s something that we’re really trying to do,” Hesse, a Waukon native, said. “Trophy games, we place a high significance on them. We want to dominate those games. So, this is the first one of the year and we look forward to trying to take care of business.”
That’s not to say things have been or are going to be easy. Last season, Iowa had to score a touchdown in the final three minutes of regulation to force overtime before winning it in the first extra period.
Sophomore receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette says even with just one of these games under his belt, he knows what to expect.
“It’s tough, loud, a lot of trash talking,” Smith-Marsette said. “It’s going to be a physical fight the whole 60 minutes and you just gotta bring your ‘A’ game every play.”
This is also expected to be a better Cyclone squad in year two under head coach Matt Campbell, though that’s still unknown since Iowa State had its week one game cancelled due to weather.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 4 p.m. on Fox.