There was probably only one thing could have made a sold out crowd at Jack Trice Stadium react as loudly as they did two weeks ago Saturday when the Iowa State football team took the field for the first time in 2013.
That might have been this announcement minutes after the 6 p.m. kickoff with Northern Iowa.
“Final score from Iowa City: Northern Illinois 30, Iowa 27.”
And while Iowa State fans were able to cheer on their Cyclones as their team got its 2013 football season underway, Hawkeye fans were left once again on that opening Saturday looking up at the sky searching for answers and wondering how their team could have let yet another game slip away. For the seventh-straight game, going on 11-straight months, Iowa football fans were left only with the feeling of frustration after watching their team lose.
It wouldn’t be until a few hours later that Hawkeye fans would see a score that would give them a little bit of joy on an otherwise painful opening Saturday to the college football season.
“Final score from Ames: Northern Iowa 28, Iowa State 20.”
This week has always been a special one for even the most casual sports fans in the state of Iowa. But for much of the past decade, in particular, this particular week has felt like it should have its own special designation in the state of Iowa.
It’s "CyHawk" week. A week when all the talking, all the subtle little jabs and all the great debates among fans that have chosen sides for whatever reason ramp up the conversation, ramp up the noise and ramp up the anticipation for Saturday’s kickoff.
The debates seem to rage on all year between Hawkeye fans and Cyclone fans. Which program is in better place? Which team had a better year?