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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes, including the tie-breaker to Riley McCarron with 2:14 left, lifting Iowa to a 31-17 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.

Jordan Canzeri's fumble deep in Iowa State territory had thwarted an earlier drive by the Hawkeyes (2-0). But their defense forced the Cyclones (1-1) to punt, Desmond King returned it to midfield and Beathard took the Hawkeyes to the decisive score, finding the 5-foot-9 McCarron in the back of the end zone from 25 yards out.

King's interception gave the ball right back to Iowa and Canzeri scored on an 8-yard run to finish it off.

The victory followed an emotional week for the Hawkeyes, who are mourning the deaths, four days apart, of former football standout Tyler Sash and former basketball star Roy Marble.

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The annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series is set to kick off Saturday afternoon and both teams head into the highly anticipated match-up with 1-0 records.

The Hawkeyes and Cyclones are coming off convincing Week 1 victories over FCS teams to start the 2015 season off strong. Iowa defeated Illinois State 31-14, while Iowa State beat Northern Iowa 31-7 last Saturday.

They both looked dominant at times and exceeded most fan expectations.

Iowa's two largest schools have enjoyed a competitive rivalry over the course of a 62-game series history, which dates back to an inaugural meeting in 1894. The Cyclones and Hawkeyes have split the last 10 years in the series, with each winning five games and each notching two road victories in that period. The visiting team has also taken the last three games in the series. Iowa holds an all-time 40-22 edge over the Cyclones, which included a run of 15 consecutive victories over Iowa State from 1983-1997.

Before kickoff Saturday, Iowa State University will hold a moment of silence for former Hawkeyes standout Tyler Sash. The two-time All-Big Ten safety was found dead in his home in Oskaloosa on Tuesday. The University of Iowa will also replace the Tigerhawk logo on one side of their helmet with a decal of Sash's No. 9.

This year's Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game kicks off at 3:45 p.m. at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames this afternoon.

Producer Zach Garcia contributed to this report.

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Both teams started the game off with small field goals while the defenses tested the waters.

It wasn't until the 2nd Quarter that ISU made the first touchdown, with the Hawkeyes soon answering. 

It was back and forth between both teams until the 4th quarter when the Hawkeyes scored two touchdowns in the course of a minute and emerged from the game victorious. 

The final score of the game was Iowa 31, Iowa State 17.

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