Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the series with Iowa State is much different than when he was an assistant for Hayden Fry. 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 was one-side for so long in the Hawks favor, and now it has turned around to being one-side the other way. Ferentz says they want to make it a more even series.While the Hawkeyes have put up some big offensive numbers, Ferentz says they have struggled to score in recent games against the Cyclones.Last year’s game was postponed and moved to the end of the season in wake of the 9/11 attacks. Ferentz says they will address the one year anniversary with the team but not in public. Iowa State coach Dan McCarney says this game has special meaning for all the Iowa natives. He says there are 66 kids on the team from the state of Iowa, but 14 in the two-deep that have never played in the rivalry. McCarney says both programs enter this game on an upswing, after getting off to a great start and coming off bowl seasons.McCarney says the team will pay tribute to the 9/11 anniversary this week by wearing American flags on their helmets and on the shirts of coaches.
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