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Cyclones relish home field advantage

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AMES (KWWL) -- Competition is what creates a true rivalry.  For 15 years between 1983 and 1997, the Cy-Hawk rivalry wasn't exactly competitive with Iowa winning every one of those games.

However, since that time the Cyclones have taken 7 of the last 11 games, which includes 4 of the last 5 played at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cyclone players say they approach this like any other game, but on the week they play the Hawks at home, the buzz around Ames is hard to ignore especially for the younger guys who haven't experienced it yet.

"All they've heard is beat Iowa, and I think that when they get out there in front of the crowd with the fans screaming and hollering I think they'll understand how big this game is," says defensive lineman Rashawn Parker, "I believe if you can't get up for this game you don't need to be on the field.  This is one of those games that you dream about as a little kid."

"The whole state looks forward to this one game," agrees running back Alexander Robinson, "I think that's big, obviously with there being no pro teams here in Iowa.  This is what the state lives for."

Saturday's game time is set for 11:00 AM.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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