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Iowa State football: 5 things to know about Iowa

Unlike Cyclones, Hawkeyes have played their season opener

Iowa Hawkeyes running back Ivory Kelly-Martin (21) and head coach Kirk Ferentz greet quarterback Nate Stanley (4) after a touchdown drive during the third quarter of their NCAA football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sep. 1, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes running back Ivory Kelly-Martin (21) and head coach Kirk Ferentz greet quarterback Nate Stanley (4) after a touchdown drive during the third quarter of their NCAA football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sep. 1, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

AMES — New year, same ol’ Cy-Hawk rivalry. Iowa State travels to Iowa City on Saturday to take on Iowa. On paper, both teams seem evenly matched and it is shaping up to be another good game.

Here are five things Cyclones fans need to know about the Hawkeys.

1. Kirk Ferentz stands alone

Last Saturday, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz led his team to a 33-7 victory over Northern Illinois, marking Ferentz’s 144th win as coach of the Hawkeyes. His overall record at Iowa is 144-97. He’s only had one losing season since 2000.

Ferentz passed his mentor, Hayden Fry, whose overall record at Iowa was 143-89-6, as the winningest coach in Iowa history.

“If I ever retire, if they have a retirement dinner that I probably won’t show up for, and then they can talk about all of this stuff,” Ferentz said after the game. “Broader picture, I think it’s a great commentary about Iowa.”

2. Iowa’s game wasn’t canceled

Unlike the Cyclones, the Hawkeyes got their game in on Saturday. Iowa’s newcomers were able to get their feet wet and the players were able to get the first-game jitters out of the way.

Iowa only scored three points in the first half against Northern Illinois. But the Hawkeyes found their stride in the second half, scoring four touchdowns.

Quarterback Nate Stanley didn’t have a big game, passing for only 108 yards with a touchdown and interception. But running back Toren Young was impressive, rushing for 84 yards on eight attempts and scoring a touchdown.

Ivory Kelly-Martin got the bulk of the carries rushing 16 times for 62 yards and a touchdown.

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Iowa’s defense was as stout as ever. The Hawkeyes only allowed 211 total yards and forced two turnovers — one fumble and one interception.

Junior linebacker Kristian Welch got his first significant playing time on defense for the Hawkeyes. He had a team-best 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He could be the next in a long line of good Iowa linebackers.

Watch: The first Kinnick Wave of 2018


3. The wave is still awesome

The Kinnick Wave was the story of last season, and it even won the Disney Sports Spirit Award.

This will be the first time Iowa State fans will be able to witness the Wave for the Cy-Hawk rivalry.

For those Iowa State fans in attendance, it will be an awesome moment to put the rivalry aside and pay tribute to the kids and their families in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital overlooking Kinnick Stadium.

After the first quarter, the public-address announcer informs the crowd to turn toward the hospital and wave. It’s easy to get chills just watching it on TV.

To see it in person has to be on another level.

4. 4 Iowa players back from suspensions

Suspensions ran rampant last week in the state of Iowa — but that’s what happens after a long offseason.

Iowa had four players suspended against NIU and Iowa State had seven players suspended.

All four of Iowa’s players are back, including offensive linemen Tristain Wirfs and Alaric Jackson. Defensive linemen Brady Reiff and Cedrick Lattimore are also back from suspension.

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5. Fun facts

— The state of Iowa’s original capital building sits on Iowa’s campus. Iowa City was Iowa’s capital until 1857, when the capital moved to Des Moines.

— Actor Ashton Kutcher is, by far, Iowa’s most notable alumnus. He starred in TV shows “That ‘70s Show,” and “Two and a Half Men.” He also created and produced the TV show “Punk’d.” Kutcher’s most notable movies are “The Butterfly Effect,” “What Happens in Vegas,” and “Jobs.”

— The first college founded at the university was the Carver College of Medicine in 1870.

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