ISU receives major payout from 2008 Iowa-ISU FB game

July 16, 2009
The Cy-Hawk Trophy donated by the Des Moines Athletic Club when Iowa State and Iowa resumed football competition in 1977.

The Cy-Hawk Trophy donated by the Des Moines Athletic Club when Iowa State and Iowa resumed football competition in 1977.

Iowa’s athletics department paid Iowa State $616,383.48 for its 2008 appearance at Kinnick Stadium, per the schools’ current football contract.

The payout exceeds Iowa State’s share from 2006 by more than $23,000 or the school’s share in 2004 by more than $35,000. The contract between the universities stipulates that the home school pay the visitor 20 percent in gate receipts after taxes.

Iowa State and Iowa agreed to a new contract in 2008 that lasts through 2017, but the terms change following the 2012 game. Beginning in 2013, the host school will keep all of the gate receipts.

The current arrangement favors Iowa State because of stadium capacity. Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium holds more than 70,000 fans, while Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium holds around 55,000. Iowa received $330,389 from Iowa State following the 2007 game in Ames, nearly half of what Iowa State took in last season. 

Iowa State also will benefit from earning the final 20 percent cut in 2012 and then keeping all of the gate in 2013.

This year Iowa State hosts Iowa Sept. 12. Individual tickets are available through Iowa’s ticket office for $92. Iowa State is offering a three-game package that includes Iowa, North Dakota State and Colorado beginning July 20 for $99. Iowa State also selling hillside-only tickets for $60.


Iowa’s Watkins KOs Iowa State

April 7, 2009

IOWA CITY – Iowa catcher Liz Watkins is hitting the ball so well, she’s starting to confuse softball with other sports.

“They’re coming in like volleyballs right now,” said the freshman from Taylor Ridge, Ill.

Softballs may look like volleyballs to Watkins, but they’re leaving the ballpark like golf balls.

Watkins drilled her seventh home run this season Tuesday, a two-run shot that paced Iowa (30-9) to a 7-1 rout over in-state rival Iowa State (19-21) at Pearl Field. Watkins entered the game with a .634 slugging percentage. That’s no doubt increasing after her fifth-inning home run and a fourth-inning double. She scored one run, and a pinch runner scored following her double.

With Iowa leading 3-0, Watkins effectively ended the game with her rocket shot that sailed over the right-field fence.

“I just try to never get cheated out of an at-bat, and I knew I was down in the count,” Watkins said. “But it only takes one pitch. That’s the mentality I like to use.”

Watkins said she was a dead-pull hitter in high school but since has made efforts to hit to the opposite field. That has won her points with Coach Gayle Blevins, who calls her “coachable.”

“I keep telling her whatever you’re eating, just keep eating it,” Blevins said. “It doesn’t matter, keep you bat warm, keep sleeping with your bat, whatever it is.

“She keeps things real simple. If you listen to her you talk to her, she doesn’t make it any bigger than what it is. She isn’t up there trying to hit the ball out. She’s up there trying to get a quality at-bat.”

Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Watkins led off with a double. First baseman Katie Brown also doubled, scoring a run. Brown went to third on a passed ball and later scored on a Missy Mazur single.

Iowa’s Taylor Leichsenring scored Iowa’s third run in the wildest fashion. She reached first base on a throwing error from Iowa State’s Katie Keim. As the ball caromed past the base and up the right-field line, Leichsenring sprinted around the bases and scored easily.

“The first thing I was thinking was. ‘Oh my gosh, I hope it’s not a close play (at the plate),’” Leichsenring said. “But it ended up not being (close). I was just running. That was the only thing I was thinking about, just get home.”

Iowa pitcher Amanda Zust (16-2) tossed six shut-out innings before struggling in the seventh. She walked the first two batters, then hit the next batter. After Zust gave up a fielder’s choice and a single, Blevins brought in Brittany Weil to close it.

Zust struck out three, walked three and allowed four hits. Rachel Zabriskie took the loss for Iowa State, giving up 10 hits and striking out one.


Eight girls with local ties played in the game, including two Linn-Mar girls, one from Clear Creek-Amana and one from Xavier. Four girls from Solon also competed.

For Iowa State, Solon’s combination of Kelsey Kidwell and Heidi Kidwell each went 0 for 4. Linn-Mar’s Katie Harms went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Cyclones, while Xavier’s Renae Cooper had a hit in her only at-bat.

For Iowa, Linn-Mar’s Lindsey Digmann had one hit in four at-bats. Solon’s Quinn Morelock walked in her only at-bat, while Solon native Jenny Schuelke tripled in a run and later scored on a wild pitch. Leichsenring, who’s from Amana, had a hit to go along with her bases-clearing jaunt.