Iowa-Iowa State Extend Series to 2021
By Marc Morehouse and Josh Christensen, Reporters
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa and Iowa State University have extended the contract that will ensure the Hawkeyes and Cyclones compete in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series football game through the 2021 season. The joint announcement was made Wednesday by UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta, and Jamie Pollard, director of athletics at ISU.
"We are pleased to have the contract extended through the 2021 season," said Barta. "In-state rivalries are an exciting part of college athletics, and you can feel a different energy across the state during the week of the Hawkeye-Cyclone matchup."
Iowa and Iowa State have played annually since resuming the series in 1977 in Iowa City. The teams first met in 1894, with Iowa holding a 40-21 advantage in the series. The Hawkeyes claimed a 27-21 win earlier this season in Ames and have won four of the last six meetings.
The latest extension calls for the teams to meet in Iowa City on Sept. 8, 2018 and Sept. 12, 2020. Iowa will travel to Ames for games on Sept. 14, 2019 and Sept. 11, 2021. The previous contract included annual meetings through the 2017 season. The teams are scheduled to meet in Iowa City on Sept. 13, 2014.
"The annual contest with Iowa State is anticipated each year by fans of both programs," said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. "With the changing of the conference schedules, we are happy this series will be continued without interruption."
Iowa (7-4 overall, 4-3 Big Ten Conference) has won its last two games and three of its last four. The Hawkeyes travel to Nebraska (11:06 a.m. CT, ABC) Friday, Nov. 29, to close the regular season in the third annual Hy-Vee Heroes Game. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 12th time in 13 seasons and have won at least seven games in five of the last six years.
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