There have been 25-meetings in the modern series between Iowa State and Iowa and Dan McCarney has coached in all but a handfull. McCarney was a longtime assistant at Iowa and now gets set for his eighth matchup with the Hawks as the head coach at Iowa State. McCarney has been part of 21 Cyclone-Hawkeye games and says he really appreciates being a part of the series and being able to coach in the game. McCarney says he loves being part of the series, and says it’s more fun to be on the winning than the losing side.McCarney says as the first road game, it gives the Cyclones a new challenge. He says it’ll be first hostile environment for his team as the game in Kansas City featured several thousand Cyclone fans.The series has changed since Kirk Ferentz was a member of Hayden Fry’s staff. When he left in the late 80s, Iowa was in the midst of a 15-game winning streak. In his fourth year as head coach Ferentz hopes to end the Cyclones four-game winning streak in a series that he says is much healthier now. He says it’s a competitive series, as his team hasn’t won, but it hasn’t been blow out. Ferentz says ISU has had the better team in the last few years.Seneca Wallace leads a potent Cyclone attack and Ferentz says the Iowa State defense is also a concern, as they’ve looked strong in the first three games. Ferentz compares Wallace to former Indiana quarterback Antwan Randle El. He says those are the two best players he has seen, and they both have had a major impact on their team. He says Wallace has a much better supporting cast than Randle El had.
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