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Iowa football: Mind games before the Cy-Hawk battle?

[ 0 ] September 4, 2012 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. — An empty trophy case – where the Cy-Hawk Trophy once lived – sits near the Iowa football locker room. An Iowa State poster – and even some pictures – are within plain sight of Hawkeye players.

Someone wants to remind them of last year’s Iowa State-Iowa score – Cyclones 44, Iowa 41 in three overtimes.

“If you want to be respected in your conference, you have to be respected in your state, and right now, we’re not the best team in the state,” Iowa center James Ferentz said Tuesday.

Iowa has beaten Iowa State four times in a row at Kinnick Stadium. What happened last year is the reason the trophy is in Ames.

“As the game went on, we didn’t get stronger and they did,” James Ferentz said of last season’s game.

Motivational methods included moving empty trophy cases from the upstairs atrium to the downstairs locker room area in the football complex. Players don’t know who did it, but most suspect strength coach Chris Doyle.

“I think it was something we had to see every day,” cornerback Micah Hyde said. “Coach Doyle had a reason behind that. We got the message before, walking into the atrium and seeing the empty cases.

“But seeing every day like we do now — maybe even bumping into it — it gives you more motivation.”


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