Do you really need Fun Facts for an Iowa State-Iowa game?
No, but there are a lot of things you don’t really need. Like a Mazerati. This is free. A Mazerati is not. So let’s proceed.
1. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh in 1980. Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell was a scholarship player at Pitt in 1998.
2. The Iowa-Iowa State game has been decided by one score in five of the last seven seasons.
3. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones have split their last 20 meetings. So have USC and Stanford, who also meet Saturday.
4. Iowa was a 3-point favorite over ISU last year and won by three points.
5. Last year was the first time the Cyclones and Hawkeyes won bowl games in the same season since 2009, and first time they played in bowls in the same season since 2011.
6. Iowa State’s five losses in 2017 were by a combined 25 points. Iowa lost by 28 at Wisconsin.
7. The Hawkeyes have had 20 first-round NFL draft picks. The Cyclones have had one, George Amundson in 1973.
8. Amundson was primarily a quarterback in 1970 and 1972, primarily a running back in 1971. Iowa’s Ed Podolak was primarily a quarterback in 1966 and 1967, primarily a running back in 1968. Both were quite good.
9. Iowa and Iowa State had 27 touchdown passes apiece last season.
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10. Last year, the Hawkeyes’ Nate Stanley and the Cyclones’ Jacob Park combined for nine of those 27 passing touchdowns in Iowa’s 44-41 overtime win over ISU. Stanley Park is a great park in downtown of a great North American city, Vancouver, B.C. Canadians are great friends of ours.
11. Both teams start three college graduates. Iowa State’s are quarterback Kyle Kempt and defensive backs D’Andre Payne and Brian Peavy. Iowa’s are defensive end Parker Hesse, defensive tackle Matt Nelson and safety Jake Gervase.
12. Kempt hasn’t thrown an interception in his last 130 passes. The NCAA record is 444, by Colby Cameron of Louisiana Tech in 2011-12. Coe College’s Brad Boyle (2009) holds the Division III record, with 305.
13. The first Iowa State-Iowa game was in 1894. That was 10 years before the birth of perhaps the oldest living American, Hester Ford of North Carolina.
14. Iowa State drew 33,009 fans for its 1998 home-opener, against TCU. At its last home game, last Nov. 11 against Oklahoma State, ISU had a sellout crowd of 61,500.
15. Iowa and Iowa State are 10-6 in their last 16 games. Michigan is 8-8 and Texas is 7-9.
16. Iowa’s Colten Rastetter is tied with Georgia State’s Brandon Wright for the NCAA lead in punting with a 53.8-yard average. Wright, a chemistry major, also made a 35-yard field goal in his team’s first game, a 24-20 win over Kennesaw State.
17. Iowa State and Iowa went 42 seasons (1935-1976) without playing each other. Saturday will be the 42nd game (1977-2018) since the renewal. Hat tip to this tweep for this Fun Fact.
18. From 1935 to 1976, Bentalls in Kingston upon Thames was the United Kingdom’s largest department store outside of central London. Bentalls reminds you to discover the new Skin Caviar Luxe Cream from La Prairie today with an Art of Perfection mini-facial. Visit the counter on the ground floor.
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19. To absolutely no surprise, “Cy-Hawk” didn’t place in SB Nation’s 2017 ranking of the 20 best college rivalry names. The top three are Brawl of the Wild (Montana-Montana State), Bedlam (Oklahoma-Oklahoma State) and 100 Miles of Hate (Middle Tennessee State-Western Kentucky).
20. The temperatures at kickoff at last December’s Liberty Bowl (Iowa State) and Pinstripe Bowl (Iowa) were 40 and 23 degrees, respectively. The temperature at kickoff at last December’s Hawaii Bowl was 81.