1. The trophy comes out — I used to think the trophy run thing was just an opening to some sort of incident. I think this is my 19th one of these and no one yet has ended up in the back of a squad car. What was I thinking? When trophies come out — whether they change hands or not — it’s one of football’s grandest and all-too-fleeting moments.
In 2011, the replacement Cy-Hawk trophy didn’t survive the celebration. ISU players and fans tore it apart (awesome). When Iowa won Cy-Hawk in 2008, senior defensive tackle Mitch King ran into the Cyclones’ sideline, trying to be the first to the trophy. The only problem was 10 seconds remained in the game. “I thought about taking it, but I thought I’d get mauled or get a penalty flag,” he said. “I figured I’d leave it alone.”
2. Walk of shame — It’s not really that, you know, that, but when the trophy changes hands, you do have the logistics of a crazy happy team and group of fans running one way and a dejected, freshly defeated just wanting out walking the other.
Again, no squad cars and that says a lot about the players from both sides. That’s not an easy moment to endure.
“I remember my sophomore year after the overtime loss,” Iowa linebacker James Morris said. “People come up to you and say what they want to say in a moment like that. Plenty of things were said that I can’t repeat. That’s a memory for you there, having to walk through the crowd and back to the lockerroom after that. That was not a fun experience.”
3. Super Bowl fever — In an interview on the Murph and Andy Show (that’s Keith Murphy and Andy Fales from WHO Channel 13 in Des Moines) on KXNO, ISU coach Paul Rhodes was asked about the notion that Iowa is Iowa State’s Super Bowl. (Actually, Murphy asked, “What do you think when Hawk fans say this is Iowa State’s Super Bowl?”)
“I think it’s a bunch of crap, to be honest with you,” Rhoads said. “Maybe at some point it was. Maybe it was a game that meant more than other games and maybe that was a time when the postseason wasn’t a part of Iowa State’s recognition. We’re playing all 13 games and we’re competing and preparing to win every single one of them. That’s not the mentality around here, I can assure you of that.”