Iowa football held on to reclaim the CyHawk Trophy against Iowa State on Saturday.
Here’s what we learned in the rivalry contest.
1. Hawkeye dominance continues
This rivalry has been owned by Iowa lately, and that trend resumed on Saturday. The Cyclones won last year, but before that, it was six straight for the Hawkeyes. The psyche of the Cy-Hawk game has been all Hawk for a while.
Kirk Ferentz moved to 14-10 in this rivalry on a day when he also reached the 200-win mark. This was a day in which Iowa won the Cy-Hawk game the way they always win the Cy-Hawk game, with stout defense and just enough offense.
It was fitting that this game featured such a landmark for Ferentz, because you couldn’t have scripted a game more representative of his tenure in Iowa City.
There are ups and downs of the Ferentz era (more on that later), but one of the significant ups has been his success against Cyclone head coach Matt Campbell in this game. On Saturday, the Cy-Hawk Trophy came back to the Hawkeyes, as it has so many times in recent years.