Cy-Hawk Series extended through 2025

Iowa and Iowa State will continue to play each other through the 2025 season.


Lily Smith

Iowa's Toren Young attempts to stop Iowa State's D'Andre Payne's tackle during the Iowa/Iowa State football game at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones, 13-3.

Pete Ruden, Sports Editor

The annual Iowa-Iowa State football game isn’t going anywhere soon.

The University of Iowa and Iowa State University extended the contract for the Cy-Hawk Series football game to make sure both sides will play through the 2025 season, Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta and Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard announced Monday.

The Hawkeyes and Cyclones have played annually since 1977, with the first meeting between the teams coming in 1894. Iowa boasts a 44-22 advantage in the all-time series.

The Hawkeyes increased the cushion of their all-time series lead last season, picking up a 13-3 win in Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes have won each of the past four meetings and eight of the last 11. Next, Iowa will travel to Ames to take on the Cyclones in Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.

The most recent changes in the contract have the teams playing in Iowa City on Sept. 7, 2024, before battling in Ames on Sept. 6, 2025.

There have been two main sides when it comes to the Cy-Hawk game. One is all in on the rivalry and what it brings to the state, while the other wants more out of Iowa’s nonconference schedule.

But with each program continuing to take steps toward national prominence in 2019, the rivalry side has won for the time being.

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