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Hawks look to improve run game against Cyclones

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - There is more than a trophy on the line when the Iowa Hawkeyes host Iowa State in the annual Cy-Hawk game at Kinnick on Saturday.

The Cyclones are looking for their first win of the year, while the Hawkeyes are looking to for their first 3-and-0 start to the season since the Orange Bowl season of 2009.

For the Iowa Hawkeyes to win, they will probably need to get a little more traction in their run game.

With a solid offensive line returning, rushing the football appeared to be a strength for the Hawkeyes coming into the year. But so far, Iowa has averaged a pedestrian 132 yards rushing per game in victories over the University of Northern Iowa and Ball State at home.

Now, the Hawks face a Cyclone defense that has generously given up an average of 267 yards per game in losses to Kansas State and North Dakota State.

But Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz says you can't judge Iowa State on those performances.

"I'll just kind of go back (to) Week 1 -- kind of take that one and throw it out because it looked like a transitional game," Ferentz said. "I don't know if that's a good description, but that's what it looked like to me.

"Then last week, K State ran the ball, but they run it kind of like playing Ohio State last year," he added. "They got 12 guys offensively because their running back their quarterback is an excellent runner. He was a good thrower too at K State.

"So it gives you a dimension that we can't match yet. We're not designed that way. That's one of the reasons K State is so good. They've got good receivers and a quarterback that can run it."

Iowa and Iowa State kick off at 2:30 pm Saturday from Kinnick Stadium.
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