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Michael Ojemudia grew up in Michigan — still for the Hawkeye senior — the Cy-Hawk game just means a little more —

“Being in Iowa for about four or five years — you kind of feel like kind of animosity towards each other — so I’m definitely taking this game personally”

and that’s an attitude held by a lot of the out of state Hawks — who have had a lot of success in this series — bringing the Cy-Hawk trophy back in each of the last four seasons —

two years ago — it was a New Jersey native — Ihmir Smith-Marsette — who secured it with an overtime walk-off touchdown in Ames

“You know, you’re a true freshman, and you know it’s not your first, but it’s your second touchdown of your life, and it’s a game winning touchdown, that means a lot for the state of Iowa.”

And it especially means more for the guys FROM the state of Iowa — the ones that grew up around it — well — except for the Paulson twins — the Iowa linemen who grew up in Northwest Iowa — and just had better things to do on the weekend —

“Me and Levi were climbing apple trees on Saturdays. As soon as school was out on Friday, we were climbing trees outside.”

but the trees will have to wait — and Landan says he’s now fully on board with the hunt for the Cy-Hawks

“This is an incredible rivalry — there’s not many states that don’t have an NFL team and have a rivalry like this.”

Rick Coleman

Rick Coleman

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