The “rivalry” started in 1998


According to the record books, Iowa State and Iowa resumed their football series on Sept. 17, 1977 after a four-decade plus hiatus.

Cyclone Coach Paul Rhoads said Monday, however, the “rivalry” didn’t start until 1998.

“We were playing the game, but there was no rivalry to it,” Rhoads said Monday. “There was no rivalry until we went over (to Iowa City) in 1998 and beat them in Kinnick Stadium.”

Rhoads pointed out that the kids Iowa State was recruiting in the late 1990s wouldn’t have even remembered the last Cyclone victories (1980-81-82) in the series. But, Iowa State’s 27-9 win in 1998 changed that.

Darren Davis ran 37 times for 244 yards and Joe Parmentier recorded two one-yard TDs among his three carries as the Cyclones built a 27-3 lead and ended a 15-game losing streak to Iowa in ‘98.

Rhoads recalled Monday how poorly his secondary performed during the Friday walk-through that week. A couple of his defensive backs – Jeff Waters and Jamarcus Powers – assured Rhoads after practice that things would be ok.

“They were (ok) and we played a heck of a football game with a defense that swarmed all day,” Rhoads recalled.

Beginning with that sunny afternoon in September of ’98 – when the “rivalry” started according to Rhoads – the Cyclones have registered a 7-5 record in the series.

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