Iowa State Cyclones scored the only touchdown of the game on their opening and held on to win a defensive battle with the Iowa Hawkeyes, 9-6. In the televised game on Big Ten Network, the Cyclones dominated the Hawkeyes statistically in first half, but turnovers kept the Hawkeyes in the game until the end. Check Yahoo boxscore and Yahoo recap. Best coverage of The Big Game in Iowa can be found here.
The new CyHawk trophy is staying in Ames for another year! State of Iowa is a Cyclone State for another year. Looking forward to another great game next year in Ames!
This year’s game between Iowa State and Iowa was best game I have seen since the two schools restarted the rivalry in 1977. Iowa State won it in the third overtime when James White scored on 4 yard run. Final score was 44-41.
Despite turning the ball over 3 times in the game, the Cyclones overcame a ten point first quarter deficit to take a 17-16 early into the fourth quarter and a seven point deficit to the tie the game at 24-24 forcing overtime. The Cyclone offense was working well this weekend as it lead the Hawkeyes in all offensive statistics, first downs (29-20), total yards (472-363), rushing yards (192-156), passing yards (280-206), and return yards (155-48). Overcoming their turnovers and penalties, the Cyclones gave all Iowa and Iowa State fans a game to remember.
Today is the day of the big game in the state of Iowa. As a native Iowan and a Cyclone fan, I will be watching this game on FS Midwest at Noon. Iowa is 8 point favorite to win this game, but I hoping for an entertaining and close game. So, check back for my input on this state rivalry game and battle for the Cy Hawk Trophy.
Update 12 Sept 2009 11:38 AM:
Getting ready for kick-off in less than 30 minutes. I am wondering how many fans will be wearing cardinal today? Should be an interesting site to see on TV.
Update 12 Sept 2009 12:58 PM:
After 1 quarter, it is Iowa 7, Iowa State 3. The two teams traded turnovers, but neither team was able to capitalize. Iowa State was able to get the ball moving in the latter part of the quarter to score a 45 yard field goal. However, the gamble on the onside kick failed and two penalties allowed the Hawkeyes to score a touchdown. It has been a good game and sea of cardinal looks good on TV. Go STATE!
Update 12 Sept 2009 1:46 PM:
Well, it’s halftime. Iowa 14, Iowa State 3. Not a very good quarter of football by the Cyclones. A lot of mistakes being made which led to turnovers. One of the turnovers resulted in the Hawkeyes’ second touchdown. A touchdown that may have been offensive interface, but after seeing it several more times, I can see why it was a no call – both players seem to push off. The second turnover in the quarter by the Cyclones was also unnecessary. They were moving the ball well towards the end of quarter, but the quarterback made a poor decision.
Turnovers and penalties are hurting the Cyclones. The quarterback needs to make better throwing decisions. They need to come out with a good drive and keep this game close.
Update 12 Sept 2009 2:41 PM:
Iowa 28, Iowa State 3. Not a pretty start to the second half. Turnovers by the Cyclones led to 14 more points by the Hawkeyes. It looks like it will be a long fourth quarter. I hope to see a more respectable result, but I will not count on it.
Update 12 Sept 2009 3:23 PM:
It is a final. Iowa 35, Iowa State 3. Another turnover leads to 7 more points for the Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes won this game and over came their early mistakes (2 turnovers). Six turnovers killed the Cyclones. The Cyclones quarterback need to make better decisions. Otherwise, it will be a long season. Until next season.
The Big Game in Iowa is about to kickoff shortly from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten Network is broadcasting the game today. Iowa is the favorite by 14. However, I hope for a good game with a closer score.
I plan to provide some commentary at half time and at the end of the game today. So, please check back later today. GO CLONES!
First Half Observations
Well, Iowa leads 3-0 in a close game on a wet field in Iowa City.
Iowa looks good running the football. A 31 yard run in the opening drive by Shonn Greene gave the Hawks their own only points in the half. So, I expect more running from them.
I’m a little disappointed in the Cyclone offense as they have no third down conversations in the first half. But otherwise, it is good to see Alexander Robinson running the ball well. I would like to see him run some more in the second. Passing has been good at times. But, they need to get a drive together and score points. They missed a great opportunity to get points after an interception in the first quarter. The unsportsmanlike penalty hurt them at that time.
On the bright side, the Cyclone defense is playing well, but has given up some big plays in the first half. They will need to play better in the second half but containing and tackling the Hawkeye offensive players. They held the Hawkeyes to no points after the Cyclone interception in the second quarter, so they will need to keep it up.
Second Half Observations
Well, Iowa wins 17-5. A special team touchdown wins it for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa State offensively played a better game in this half. I found that the defense played on 6 plays in the third quarter. But with Cyclones dominating time of possession in the third quarter, the results was disappointing as no points were scored. In reviewing the unofficial overall stats, Iowa State out gained the Hawkeyes 325-243, but their lack of executing in the red zone hurt them. Although the Cyclones missed three field goals in the game, which none were easy, it makes it difficult to lose to your state rival this way.
So, continue to work on finishing this season strong and challenge the Hawkeyes next year in Ames to get back the Cy-Hawk trophy.
The Big Game in the state of Iowa will be broadcast this Saturday on the Big Ten Network at Noon ET.
I see that Iowa is 13½ point favorite. I thought it might be between 7 and 10. [source: Yahoo]
It should be a great game. It appears that both teams are continuing to play with two quarterbacks.
It will be interesting to see if the Cyclones will be able to run against the Hawks defense. I am concern that the Hawks will run over the Clone defense.
Other item to note:
According to the Des Moines Register story here, fan safety is a big concern this weekend at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. I hope all fans will be courteous regardless of the outcome of the game.
College football will beginning this week for most schools. So, when I read at cyclones.com that Fox College Sports (FCS) Central, a digit cable college sports channel, would be broadcasting their opening game, I was excited. 🙂
So, Iowa State Cyclones football may not be on the top of everyone’s list this upcoming Thursday. So, you ask, what is the big deal? Well, it is an opportunity to see the Cyclones return back to their original Cardinal and Gold uniforms. [see announcement here] If you watch the game, the Cyclones will be wearing their school colors that are only similar to one other major university, USC.
But, if you cannot see it in your area, cyclones.com will be able to live web cast it at their website with the help of FCS Central. It is unclear to me, but according to the article, one may have to purchase the Clone Zone membership to view.
I have always thought that live web casts are free, but I guess this is just another exception. So, I hope you will enjoy the game on Thursday on FCS Central.
I thought the referee should have ended extra time with only 1 minute added on, but hey, what do I know.