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Hampton is so fired up to play that his coaches had to sit him down this week to make sure he paces himself.

“I’ve been waiting a long time,” Hampton said. “I’m going to be running on jet fuel.”

If ever there was a game that defined the recent trend of this rivalry, it came in 2007. The Cyclones beat Iowa, 15-13, without scoring a touchdown.

But finding the end zone has become a major problem for Iowa State against the Hawkeyes.

The Cyclones have not scored a touchdown in the series since the first half in 2006, a stretch that’s reached a staggering 14 quarters.

Iowa’s defense has been the biggest factor Iowa State’s futility, and the Hawkeyes looked as stout as ever in holding Eastern Illinois to 157 yards and six first downs in the opener.

If the Cyclones can’t do more than kick field goals Saturday, the result will likely be what most are predicting.

“We don’t see any weak spots,” Rhoads said of Iowa. “We certainly have our work cut out for us.”

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