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ISU Sesquicentennial:
The celebration
150 years timeline
>>150 moments

Getting Started
Around Campus
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THAT DEFINED CYCLONE ATHLETICS ?No school tomorrow? is the pleading chant of more than 300 students who converge on the lawn of Iowa State president James H. Hilton on Jan. 14, 1957. Earlier that day, Roland Rocket Gary Thompson outscored Kansas? Wilt Chamberlain 20-19 and Don Medsker scored a last-second basket to lift the Cyclones past No. 1 Kansas. To this day it remains ISU?s only men?s hoops win over a No. 1-ranked team. The win vaulted Iowa State to its highest-ever national ranking ? No. 3 in the polls.
Cyclone sports herstory: Winifred Tilden becomes direct-ress of physical culture in 1904. She would go on to develop competitive sports for women at Iowa State during her 40-year career, growing a program with fewer than 100 participants into one thousands strong. In 1939 Tilden successfully lobbied the Iowa legislature for the construction of a campus gymnasium for women.
Beat Iowa: Iowa State wins the first-ever Iowa State vs. Iowa football game, 16-8, in 1894.
The Iowa State golf course, today named Veenker Memorial, is completed in 1938, sparking a new era of excitement for Cyclone golf that quickly results in the first Iowa Stater ? Max Hall ? qualifying for the U.S. Open.
Jack Trice dies Oct. 8, 1923, two days after breaking his collarbone when trampled in Iowa State?s football game at Minnesota. The Ohio native was the grandson of slaves and a pioneer for black athletes in college football. On the day of his funeral, a note Trice penned to himself on the eve of the Minnesota game was found in his coat pocket. It said: ?My thoughts just before the first real college game of my life: The honor of my race, family and self is at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will.?
Movin? on up: In 1973 construction begins on Cyclone Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility now known as Jack Trice Stadium which was designed to replace Clyde Williams Field, the home of Cyclone football from 1914-74.
March 20, 1999: The greatest day in Cyclone women?s basketball history? The Cyclones trail by seven points with 11 minutes to play, but that deficit means nothing to Stacy Frese and Megan Taylor, who team up to drain consecutive treys that knock No. 1-seeded Connecticut out of the 1999 NCAA women?s basketball tournament and give Bill Fennelly?s Cyclones their first-ever trip to the Elite 8.
For four years, he never had an off night. In what Sports Illustrated would later name the No. 2 collegiate athletics achievement of all time, Cael Sanderson becomes the first person in history to be a four-time undefeated NCAA wrestling champion when he tops Lehigh?s Jon Trenge 12-4 in the 2002 197-pound national title match, bringing his career record to an unprecedented 159-0. Sanderson received a 10-minute standing ovation from 13,000 spectators after the match as he made history and was named the national meet?s most outstanding wrestler for the fourth consecutive year.
Pop Warner first becomes involv-ed with coaching Iowa State?s football program in 1895 ? a position he would hold until 1899. It was a start to the legendary college coaching career that would span 44 years and 313 victories.
Perfect 10: Kim Mazza scores a perfect 10 on the floor exercise at the 1997 Big 12 Women?s Gymnastics Championships, giving Mazza the conference title in the event and marking the first-ever perfect 10 in ISU women?s gymnastics history. ISU would later go on to record two more 10s on the vault ? in 2001 (Shelly Kringen vs. Iowa) and 2004 (Janet Anson at Nebraska).
You?ve been thunderstruck. In 1895, Iowa State earns its nick-name ? ?Cyclones? ? from the Chicago Tribune after pummeling heavily-favored Northwestern. ?Northwestern might as well have tried to play football with an Iowa cyclone as with the Iowa team it met yesterday,? declared the Tribune?s article, titled ?Struck by a Cyclone.? Obviously, the name stuck?though the erratic ?95 Cyclone season didn?t end up blowing anyone away. ?I?m afraid some of us got a bit stuck up after that Northwestern game,? team manager Burt German would later admit.
Hilton Magic?not just for men: The first ISU women?s basketball game is played at Hilton Coliseum on Dec. 1, 1976. Iowa State defeated Drake, 71-65, in front of 1,500 fans.
Clyde Williams becomes the head Iowa State football coach in 1907 and makes an instant impact. The dentist and former Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback coached a group of mostly fresh Cyclone faces to a 7-1 record in 1907, including upsets of Nebraska and Iowa. Williams went on to coach ISC through 1912, compiling a 33-14-2 career coaching record before becoming athletics director in 1914 and overseeing construction of a new football stadium that would later be named in his honor.
Kicking off: In 1892, the first sanctioned Iowa State football team plays its first game?a 6-6 tie with State Center.
Comeback kids: After a disappointing NCAA semifinal round that some thought put the national title out of reach for the Cyclone wrestling team, ISU comes roaring back in the consolation round to win the 1965 national championship, the first since 1933. Under legendary head coach Harold Nichols, the Cyclones would go on to win four more team titles ? in 1969, 1970, 1972, and 1973.
Tragedy: The Iowa State women?s cross country team is returning from a second-place triumph at the NCAA meet on Nov. 25, 1985 when one of the team?s planes crashes into a Des Moines neighborhood, killing all on board, including head coach Ron Renko and three student-athletes. Ten days later, an emotional memorial service at Hilton Coliseum opens with the song ?Ain?t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride,? the tune Renko had adopted as the team?s anthem.
MVC: In 1908, ISU first becomes affiliated with the Missouri Valley Conference. The Cyclones and Drake University join Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Washington of St. Louis to make
up the league.
Hi, Ed: In 1961 Ed Gagnier, a Canadian Olympic competitor and former All-American gymnast from the University of Michigan, sends a letter to every college in the United States that does not have a men?s gymnastics program. The good news: Iowa State University replies. Gagnier?s brand new Cyclone team begins practicing in the handball courts beneath the east bleachers at Clyde Williams Field in 1961. Within four short years, Gagnier would be the head coach of a championship program.
George Haldeman and Roger Adams become the first All-American swimmers in Big Six history in 1939. They were part of an Iowa State program that dominated in men?s swimming during the first 11 years of the conference, winning six Big Six team titles.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: ISU, considered by many to be the underdog despite being the higher seed, makes a serious statement when it trounces UCLA 80-56 in the 2000 men?s basketball Sweet 16. Pundits had described the Bruins, fresh off a 105-70 drubbing of third-seeded Maryland, as the hottest team in the Big Dance. But using a balanced double-figure scoring attack from Marcus Fizer, Jamaal Tinsley, Michael Nurse, and Stevie Johnson, the Cyclones coast to the Elite Eight.
Can you hear me now? Good: The first Iowa State football game is broadcast on the radio in 1921 by WOI?s Andy Wollfries.
Simply the best: Troy Davis rushes for 378 yards as the Cyclones defeat Missouri at Jack Trice Sta-dium on Sept. 28, 1996. It was the best individual performance in college football that season and to this day remains the fourth-best single-game rushing total in NCAA Division I-A history. Davis finished the 1996 season with 2,185 yards ? the third-best single-season rushing total by a running back in NCAA history. For the second year in a row, the Miami, Fla., native was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, but after finishing fifth in 1995 he finished runner-up to Florida?s Danny Wuerffel in 1996. Combined with his 2,010-yard season in 1995, Davis amassed the most prolific two-year rushing total in college football history. He remains the only Division I college football player to lead the nation in rushing two consecutive seasons and not win the Heisman Trophy.
Underdog Nawal El Moutawakel, a 5?2? 107-pound ISU soph-omore from Casablanca, Morocco, becomes the first Muslim woman and first Arabic woman to win Olympic gold when she runs a career-best 54.61 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. The Moroccan king decreed that all female babies born that day be named Nawal as the diminutive El Moutawakel instantly became a hero.
Six to tango: In 1928, the Big Six Conference is formed. It is one of the two leagues created when the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference splits up. Members include Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The conference grew and prospered for 75 years, eventually becoming the Big Seven and later the Big Eight, as Oklahoma State and Colorado joined the league.
Home Sweet Hilton: The Ames community rallies in support as Iowa State hosts its first-ever NCAA women?s basketball regional at Hilton Coliseum in 1998.
Voice of the Cyclones Pete Taylor, 57, dies March 5, 2003, leaving behind 33 years of broadcasting memories and countless friends.
Jenny Condon becomes ISU?s first women?s softball All-American after leading the Cyclones in batting (.343) during the 1989 season. To this day, Condon holds nearly every ISU career softball record ? including hits, runs scored, triples, batting average, and outfielder putouts ? and her 1989 season remains the most outstanding by an individual in Cyclone softball history.
Ray Conger wins the national championship in the mile run in 1927. The 1928 Olympian would go on to set the world record in the 1,000-yard run and the American record in the 1,500 meters.
Dream season: Head coach Cap Timm?s Cyclones clinch the 1970 Big Eight baseball title by defeating Nebraska. The team went on to earn a College World Series berth and a No. 5 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine poll.
The 20-yard line of his life: Johnny Majors is named ISU head football coach in 1968. On his interview visit, Majors is told by Des Moines radio and TV executive Bill Dillon: ?Young man, you?re on the 20-yard line of your life, and it?s time to rare back and throw the long gainer.? Majors would go on to become one of the most popular college football coaches in history.
And 56 cents: ISU joins the Women?s Intercollegiate Sports Association in 1968. Competing in the sports of fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, tennis, and volleyball, the school?s budget for the 64-person women?s athletics program was $1,148.56.
The Cy-Hawk Trophy comes home: The ISU football team ends 15 years of futility with a 27-9 win over instate rival Iowa in 1998, inspired by injured center Marc Cortez?s emotional letter to his teammates. The team wouldn?t lose to the Hawkeyes again for five years.
Debbie Esser wins her 15th Big Eight title as a Cyclone. The Woodbine, Iowa, native was a nine-time All-American and the first AIAW athlete to capture four con-secutive titles in one event, the 400-meter hurdles.
Friendly weather: Iowa State makes its first College World Series appearance in 1957. The preseason outlook was good, with a pair of All-Americans on the roster (Dick Bertel and Gary Thompson). ?The team could be one of the best Cap has had, one that might be a challenger all the way ? weather permitting,? read the preseason outlook. Apparently the weather was kind to the Clones in 1957: They won the Big Seven.
This magic moment: The first-ever reference to ?Hilton Magic? is made by Des Moines Register sportswriter Buck Turnbull on Feb. 15, 1989. Today, Hilton Coliseum is respected as one of the toughest college basketball venues in the country, and ?Hilton Magic? is a bona fide ISU tradition.
Tough decisions: Due to budget concerns, ISU cuts its baseball and men?s swimming programs in 2001.
FANtastic: ISU?s women?s basketball program sets an attendance record of 13,617 for its game vs. St. Francis in the NCAA Tournament?s first round on March 17, 2000.
First championship: Iowa State, led by head coach Hugo Otopalik, hosts the first-ever NCAA wrestling championship in 1928. The Cyclones finished second.
Woo-wee, Coach: Johnny Orr shocks the nation when he leaves Michigan to become head coach of the Cyclones, ushering in a new era of unprecedented success?and fan support. Attendance at ISU men?s basketball games increased by 95 percent under Orr, and the Cyclones recorded five 20-win seasons and six NCAA tournament berths during his tenure.
Cy, the ISU mascot, is born at Homecoming 1954. A group of students came up with the mascot as a way to build more school spirit. And since, they said, ?you can?t stuff a Cyclone,? they drew their inspiration from the school color Cardinal and gave the bird a name that reflected ISU?s nickname.
We are the champions: The ISU women?s swimming team wins the Big Eight title in 1974.
Deac Wolters and Lloyd Rathbun both win NCAA track titles in 1922. Wolters, a football and track star at Iowa State, won the 400 meters. Rathbun won Iowa State?s first title in the two-mile run.
Pioneer: In 1955, Bill Stranigan signs Iowa State?s first African-American men?s basketball player. At his ISU Hall of Fame induction in 2006, John Crawford said he never once felt like an outsider and that the friendships he made as a member of some of Iowa State?s most legendary teams remain among the most meaningful in his life. The first-team all-Big Seven performer led ISC in scoring and rebounding before launching a professional career that lasted until 1970.
Insightful: The 2000 Cyclone football team wins Iowa State?s first-ever bowl championship ? the Insight.com Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 30,000 Iowa State fans were in attendance as history was made at Bank One Ballpark. It was the Cyclones? first bowl appearance since 1978, the year many of the 2000 team?s seniors were born.
Making a splash: Overseen by long-time ISU head coach Jack McGuire, construction of Beyer Pool is completed and it is subsequently selected as the host site for the 1965 NCAA swimming and diving championships.
Arguably the loudest moment in the history of Hilton Coliseum occurs on Jan. 9, 1981, when a packed house jumps to its feet as Cyclone heavyweight Dave Osenbaugh pins Hawkeye national champion Lou Banach.
?They left me open, so I just kept taking the shots:? In what will go down as one of the best college basketball games ever played in the state of Iowa, No. 20 Iowa State uses 54 points from Lafester Rhodes to defeat No. 7 Iowa at Hilton Coliseum, 102-100 in overtime, on Dec. 19, 1987. The gangly Memphis, Tenn., native connected on 20-of-31 field goal attempts, including 5-of-8 shots from 3-point range, to set what still stands today as a Hilton Coliseum and Iowa State single-game scoring record. ?They left me open, so I just kept taking the shots,? Rhodes later explained.
Long overdue: Women athletes who competed at Iowa State from 1968 to 1978 finally receive their varsity letters during the Women?s Celebration in 2000.
How pro can you go? The University of Iowa proposes a rule that would prohibit professionalism in the Iowa Intercollegiate Baseball Association, an annual baseball competition dominated by Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State), which won the first three ?Silver Bat? trophies in the series. The University of Iowa and Cornell College objected that Cyclone pitcher Charles ?Yank? Brown was ?too big? for the conference.
Up to par: The ISU women?s golf team wins the Big Eight championship in 1993. Hall of Famer Shelly Finnestad, who lettered in both golf and basketball, took home medalist honors.
It doesn?t get any better than this: In March 2000, ISU wins both the men?s and women?s Big 12 basketball tournament titles in front of packed Cardinal and Gold houses in Kansas City. 2000 remains the only year in history that Iowa State has swept both the men?s and women?s regular season Big 12 basketball titles and won both conference tournaments.
Inches from glory: In an era when football wins over mighty Oklahoma were especially hard to come by, 1944 Cyclone quarterback Joe Noble finds Dick Howard at the goal line on fourth down to give Iowa State what appears to be a touchdown and a 13-12 lead. But referee Jack North, standing at the 15-yard line, calls Howard out of bounds on the 2-inch line. Films and photographs later showed that Howard had crossed the goal line. It was the only loss of a sensational season under head coach ?Iron Mike? Michalske in which the Cyclones outscored their opponents 203-39 and shut out five teams.
Harold Nichols is hired away from Arkansas State to become Iowa State?s head wrestling coach in 1954, a move that would later prove a defining one in establishing Iowa State as one of the most dominant wrestling schools in the country. Between 1957 and 1983, Iowa State finished lower than fourth at the national meet only once.
Practice makes perfect: Construction of the 92,000-square-foot Steve and Debbie Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility is completed in 2004.
Show me the money: After the Iowa State football team loses to Oklahoma 63-0, fan financial support begins with the formation of the 630 Club in 1946. Today the National Cyclone Club boasts 6,653 members.
Sunny weather: The Iowa State football team makes its first-ever bowl appearance when it earns a berth to the 1971 Sun Bowl. The Cyclones lost to LSU, 33-15.
Janet Anson records the highest-ever finish for a Cyclone women?s gymnast at the NCAA Championships, earning second place on the vault in 2005.
Dan Gable loses for the first and only time in his collegiate wrestling career at the 1970 NCAA championships. It was his last match as a Cyclone. Gable posted a 182-1 career record (99-1 varsity) and went on to become a highly successful coach at the University of Iowa. Today he is arguably the most prominent figure in the history of collegiate wrestling.
The prez would be jealous: Trainer Warren Arial dubs the 1959 Cyclone football team the ?Dirty 30? after the injury- and defection-plagued team routs Drake, 41-0, in its season opener. The Dirty 30 had a chance at the Orange Bowl going into its Oct. 31 game with Kansas, but lost 7-0. Despite being inches from glory, the Dirty 30?s animated coach had nothing but admiration for the gutsy gang. ?How can you help but be proud of these kids?? Clay Stapleton said as the season ended. ?When off the field I?d rather be the coach of the Dirty 30 than President of the United States.?

Pat Hodgson becomes the first 1,000-point career scorer, and first professional, in ISU women?s basketball history. Following her ISU career, Hodgson was drafted by the Women?s Professional Basketball League?s Iowa Cornets in 1979.
Making history: Head coach Jackie Nunez leads ISU to its first-ever NCAA volleyball tournament appearance in 1995.
A real pro: Cyclone All-American Matt Blair is drafted in the second round by the NFL?s Minnesota Vikings. He would go on to appear in six Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls.
Jon Brown wins his sixth Big Eight title in 1992. The 5,000-meter NCAA indoor champion would go on to participate in three Olympic Games for his native United Kingdom.
Pure dominance: ISU?s first wrestling coach, Charlie Mayser, wins 22 straight meets. Mayser started the Iowa State wrestling program in 1916. His wrestling team was extremely popular on campus; on many occasions, students camped out as much as a day in advance to get the best seats on the bleachers.
A safe bet: In one of Sam Willaman?s final games as Iowa State football coach, the Cyclones intentionally take three safeties to avoid having to kick off to rival Drake and therefore preserve victory ? 7-6 after leading 7-0. The following winter, Iowa State?s brilliant strategic move results in the NCAA changing its safety rule to stipulate that the team surrender-ing a safety must kick off to the opponent following the score.
Untouchable: ISU wins the men?s cross country national championship in 1989 as John Nuttall leads the way by earning the individual title. The Cyclones, led by Big Eight Coach of the Year Bill Bergan, proved they deserved the No. 1 ranking they had held all season.
Better eatchyer: Cael Sanderson becomes the first Cyclone athlete ? and the first-ever wrestler ? to appear on a box of Wheaties cereal.
Soaring to success: ISU?s 10-year-old men?s gymnastics program reaches the pinnacle of success in 1971 as it wins the first of three national championships. By the time head coach Ed Gagnier retired in 1983, he had led his teams to three national titles, 10 Big Eight crowns, and 16 individual event national championships.
Hilton Coliseum is built in 1971. Named for former ISU president James H. Hilton, today it is the home arena for Cyclone volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, and basketball.
Cracking the top 10: Following the victory over Texas Tech sparked by quarterback Seneca Wallace?s famous touchdown run in 2002, ISU earns its highest-ever national ranking in football: ninth.
J. Elaine Hieber joins the ISU staff in 1979. She would go on to lead the merger of the women?s and men?s athletics departments.
Can?t we all just get along? The 1907 football team beats Nebraska (at least according to ISU records) on a controversial drop kick that is still disputed today. NCAA rules guru Walter Camp?s opinion: ISU won the game.
Larry Eustachy is named men?s basketball?s national Coach of the Year in 2000.
Jack McGuire wins his last of nine conference titles in men?s swimming in 1977. He started his distinguished Iowa State coaching career in 1941.
Big Eight Player of the Year Don Smith, who changed his name to Zaid Abdul-Aziz in 1972 after converting to Islam, is drafted by the NBA in 1968 having broken the ISU records for points and rebounds in a game, season, and career. He and Wilt Chamberlain were the first two Big Eight players to score more than 600 points in a single season.
Tee to green: The ISU men?s golf team wins a third conference title in 1953 after also winning championships in 1940 and 1947.
Professional suicide?: Although a friend told him he was committing ?professional suicide? by doing so, Bill Fennelly accepts the job as Iowa State?s sixth head women?s basketball coach on July 10, 1995. To say he had an immediate impact on the program would be an understatement. All he did in his first year was accomplish the biggest turnaround and best season record in ISU history, and in his second year he took the Cyclones to their first-ever NCAA tournament. Now, after 12 seasons at the helm of the program, Fennelly is recognized as one of the most successful head coaches in all of college women?s basketball.
?It looks like the JV vs. the varsity,? quipped CBS?s Dick Stockton early in the broadcast of Iowa State?s 1986 second-round NCAA tournament matchup with Big Ten champion and No. 2 seed Michigan, in which the Cyclones fell behind early. But it was the ?junior varsity?s? night as ISU head coach Johnny Orr led Iowa State to victory over his former team, 72-69. Orr later called the win, which sent ISU to the Sweet Sixteen, the greatest of his coaching career.
First women?s cross country champs: Under the direction of head coach Chris Murray, Iowa State wins the first four Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national cross country championships. From 1975 to 1978, the team lost just once.
Barry Hill sets the Big 8 inter-ception record by picking off nine passes in 1974, a single-season ISU mark that still stands.
Title IX becomes law on June 23, 1972, opening up new opportunities for women in college athletics. The original statute, written by Patsy T. Mink, made no reference to athletics, but today athletics is perhaps the most public face of the law ? including some controversy about the impact it has had upon non-revenue men?s sports.
Big sticks in the Big Six: Iowa State wins the Big Six baseball title in 1936.
?Poor reasons for existence:? In 1916, the U.S. commissioner of education calls for a survey of the athletic competition between Iowa State and the University of Iowa, resulting in a report being presented to the State Board of Education calling the rivalry ?the occasion for the revival of feuds, charges and counter-charges, the reassertion of differences and criticisms, which, at best, have had only poor reasons for existence.? In 1920, the football series is suspended for what would be 13 years.
?That?s the real deal!? A tornado causes Jack Trice Stadium to be evacuated during the pregame of ISU?s football showdown with No. 22 Colorado in 2005. After losing to ISU, 30-16, CU head coach Gary Barnett tells reporters, ?I thought we had a pretty good mascot. But when we showed up at Iowa State and they had a real tornado, that?s the real deal!?
Big 12 champs: The ISU women?s gymnastics team wins the Big 12 title in 2000.
A controversial ?block-charge? double foul call contributes to keeping ISU out of the 2000 men?s basketball Final Four in a gut-wrenching regional final loss to Michigan State. Many would later say it was the actual national championship game, as the Spartans went on to win it all. ?I told our team we have nothing to be disappointed about and to hang our heads about,? head coach Larry Eustachy told members of the press after the loss. ?This is one of the toughest teams I have ever seen. The team was picked to finish last in the Big 12 by one magazine, and they ended up five minutes away from the Final Four.?
Getting our kicks: The first varsity women?s soccer game is played at ISU on Aug. 31, 1996. Iowa State defeated Westmar 6-0 in Ames.
Coaching greatness: After going 8-2 and routing mighty Kansas 61-39, Louis Menze wins his final Big Six title as men?s basketball coach in 1945. He won a total of four conference titles during his stint as head coach from 1929-47.
?I run a lot faster when people are chasing me:? In one of the most stunning upsets in Big Eight football history, Marv Seiler, a seldom-used fifth-year senior reserve quarterback, leads a previously struggling Cyclone team to a 19-10 win over No. 7 Nebraska on Nov. 14, 1992. With a 12-10 lead in the second half, Seiler broke a 78-yard run that set up the Cyclones? final touchdown. ?When I broke the run, I kept wondering why somebody was not catching me,? Seiler later said. ?I knew Nebraska had players faster than me, but ? I run a lot faster when people are chasing me.?
All-American tailback Dexter Green becomes ISU?s all-time leading rusher in 1978 with 3,347 yards. His record would hold for nearly 20 years.
The Big 12 Conference is formed in 1996 when four mem-bers of the Southwest Conference ? Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Texas ? merge with the Big Eight Conference.
Let?s make a deal: ISU football coach George Veenker approaches Iowa coach Ossie Solem at the 1935 Drake Relays, urging him to reconsider Iowa?s decision to once again drop the rivalry series only two years after it was renewed in 1933. The Hawkeyes beat the Cyclones 27-7 in 1933, but Iowa State made headlines by routing Iowa 31-6 in the ?34 game. Veenker?s efforts prove unsuccessful, and the Cy-Hawk football series is dropped again in 1934. It would be 43 years before the teams would meet again on the gridiron and renew what is now one of the great nonconference rivalries in college football.
In honor of Jack: In 1997, Cyclone Stadium is renamed in honor of Jack Trice. The field had been named for ISU?s first African-American athlete in 1984.
The 1971 ISU softball team qualifies for the College World Series.
Final Four: The 1944 Cyclones reach the NCAA Final Four in men?s basketball after posting a 9-1 record in Big Six play. Of the 10 players on the 13-3 squad, eight were Naval trainees. When Iowa State lost to Utah in the national semifinal, the team lost its chance at playing for the national title, though it learned it would have been denied the opportunity, anyway, had Iowa State won. The morning before the Final Four contest, the U.S. Navy ruled that the Cyclone cadets would not be allowed to travel to New York for the national championship under any circumstances.
Twist of fortune: A resilient ISU football team grinds out a 33-26 win at Oklahoma State in 2000 to which many now point as the win that marked the turnaround of the Cyclone football program.
?The Mayor? is what hometown hero Fred Hoiberg?s teammates dub him during his freshman season in 1992. The Ames native who is arguably the most popular basketball player in ISU history would go on to receive write-in votes in the Ames mayoral election. He finished his Cyclone career ranked among the top 10 in seven different statistical categories, and his number 32 jersey was retired in 1997. Hoiberg, now the assistant GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves, went on to spend 10 years as a player in the NBA.

Running down a dream: ISU wins the men?s cross country national championship in 1994.
Women?s hoops: The ISU women?s basketball team plays its first game on Jan. 12, 1974. The Cyclones fell at Northern Iowa. They would earn the first win in program history one week later at Luther College.
Building the future: The ISU athletics department unveils a new facilities master plan in 2006. It includes major renovations at Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum ? among them the construction of a practice facility for basketball and volleyball, a new office and Hall of Fame complex at Hilton, and a bowled-in south end zone at Jack Trice Stadium.
Sad ending: Larry Eustachy resigns as head men?s basketball coach in 2003, announcing he will seek treatment for alcoholism.
March Madness: Under head coach Johnny Orr, the 1984-85 men?s basketball squad earns ISU?s first NCAA tourney bid in 41 years.
Big Eight Tourney Champs Forever: ISU wins the last Big Eight men?s basketball tournament on March 10, 1996 ? the Cyclones? first Big Eight tourney title, seized on their last chance.
The ?Jake:? Named for the Des Moines businessman and philanthropist who served as lead donor on the project, the Richard O. Jacobson Athletic Building is opened adjacent to Jack Trice Stadium in 1996. Today it houses ISU?s athletics administration offices, the Athletics Hall of Fame, and a 130-seat auditorium, as well as all non-basketball coaches? offices.
Cyclone Alley first brings the noise with 1,000 face-painted, pom pom waving, super screaming members in 2003-04. Today the spirited student section boasts
more than 3,000 members.
Packed house: A crowd of more than 20,000 watches ISU lose 10-0 to Oklahoma, a team that shut out every conference opponent in the 1938 football season. It was the only loss of the ?38 season for Iowa State.
Roland Rocket retirement: Gary Thompson retires in 2005 after a 34-year broadcasting career.
Caught up: Beaver, Iowa, native Jim Doran sets the NCAA record with 203 yards on eight catches vs. Oklahoma. He also snared an 87-yard touchdown pass in the game against the No. 2 Sooners.
Pulling rank: Iowa State earns its first-ever national ranking (No. 19) in men?s basketball during the 1955-56 season after defeating No. 8 Vanderbilt in the Big Seven Holiday Tournament.
Earle Bruce, the 1976 Big Eight Football Coach of the Year, ends his ISU tenure in 1978 to replace Woody Hayes at his alma mater, Ohio State. Bruce led the Cyclones to bowl berths in 1977 and 1978, and coached a pair of All-Americans in Dexter Green and Mike Stensrud.
Cover shot: Marcus Fizer becomes the first Cyclone athlete to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Marcus Fizer becomes the highest draft pick in ISU history, fourth overall to the Chicago Bulls.
To be the best, you?ve gotta beat the best: ISU guard Anne O?Neil hits a spinning 17-foot jumper over Texas Tech?s Jia Perkins as time expires to give the Cyclone women?s basketball team its first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked team. The Cyclones beat the Red Raiders, 64-63, Jan. 14, 2004 at Hilton Coliseum.
Back in business: The Cy-Hawk football series is finally renewed in 1977 thanks to an agreement between Iowa athletics director Forrest Evashevski and ISU athletics director Clay Stapleton made in 1968. Despite the initial agreement, however, much argument ensued when new Iowa athletics director Bump Elliott came on board 1970. An arbitrator had to be hired, but Iowa State eventually got its wish of a six-game series with the Hawkeyes. Due to the hype and controversy, the 1977 contest drew massive amounts of national attention, including national television coverage and a write-up in Sports Illustrated.
Dick Barker becomes ISU?s first football All-American and NFL player. He played for the NFL?s Chicago Staleys (now Bears) in 1921 before going on to become a distinguished coach and athletics administrator.
Coach Cael: Cael Sanderson is named ISU head wrestling coach in 2006 and in his very first season leads the Cyclones to their first outright conference title since 1982. A pin by freshman David Zabriskie in the Big 12 heavyweight championship secures the conference title for the Clones in Columbia, Mo., March 3, 2007. Sanderson took the reins from his collegiate mentor, Bobby Douglas, an internationally
recognized coach who led the Cyclones to national runner-up finishes three times while serving as head coach from 1992-2007.

When the house is a-rockin: Fred Hoiberg testifies that the floor in Hilton Coliseum was literally shaking from crowd noise as Oklahoma State?s Darwyn Alexander, a 93 percent free-throw shooter, misses two charity shots to ensure an 84-83 victory for the Cyclones against the second-rated Cowboys on Feb. 15, 1992.
Grabbing it by the throat: The 1987 Cyclone wrestling team wins the national championship in College Park, Md. It was ISU?s first national title in 10 years. The win broke Iowa?s streak of nine titles and brought a new level of wrestling excitement to Ames. At a spirit rally at Hilton Coliseum, ISU assistant athletics director Dave Cox said: ?They were the story in College Park, Md. This team didn?t let someone else hand them the national championship. They grabbed it by the throat and brought it back with them to Ames, Iowa!?
Harry Burrell retires in 1979 as one of the longest-tenured sports information directors in collegiate history: 44 years.
A day we?d rather forget: In 2001 ISU is the victim in one of the NCAA men?s basketball tournament?s most notorious upsets as 15th-seeded Hampton knocks out the second-seeded Cyclones ? whom some sportswriters had picked to go all the way ? in the first round.
Golden guys: At a 2005 reunion event, all five ISU Olympic wrestling gold medalists come together in Ames ? Dan Gable, Glen Brand, Ben Peterson, Kevin Jackson, and Cael Sanderson.
Waldo Wegner is ISU?s first men?s basketball All-American. The Everly, Iowa, native led Iowa State to the Big Six title in 1935, finishing second in the league in scoring.
Making the grade: The Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, including the Rod and Connie French Student-Athlete Academic Center, opens its doors in January 2007.
Shucking the trend: The Iowa State football team scores its first win in Lincoln, Neb., in 17 years with a 24-21 victory over the No. 9 Cornhuskers on Oct. 15, 1977. It was the Cyclones? second-straight win over Nebraska.
He shot that from the ?K? in Kansas: Kantrail Horton torches the Jayhawks with 4-of-4 three-point shooting, including one from well beyond the arc, and Jamaal Tinsley connects on 3-of-6 treys as ISU beats No. 5 Kansas, 79-77 at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 5, 2001. It was one in a string of five consecutive losses ISU dealt mighty KU between 1999 and 2001. Tinsley, who won both games of his career at Allen Fieldhouse, would later refer to the vaunted facility as ?just another gym.?
Musta been some halftime speech: ISU hands Iowa its only regular-season loss of the 2002 football season in the most improbable of ways. Quarterback Seneca Wallace leads the Cyclones back from a 24-7 halftime deficit to win 36-31 at Kinnick Stadium and give ISU a fifth-straight victory over its instate rival. The Hawkeyes would not lose again until getting blown out by USC in the 2002 Orange Bowl.
ISU alum Yobes Ondieki sets a world record as he becomes the first man ever to run 10,000 meters in under 27 minutes. Shattering the existing mark by more than nine seconds, his performance at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway on July 10, 1993, is considered by many experts to be the greatest distance race ever run. The Kenya native won four Big Eight titles as a Cyclone from 1983 to 1985.

Ron Galimore scores the first perfect 10 in NCAA men?s gymnastics history as he vaults his way to the 1981 national title. Galimore would go on to become the first black U.S. Olympic gymnast.
Success story: A walk-on from Illinois joins the men?s basketball team in 1981 and becomes one of the greatest success stories in Cyclone history. Jeff Hornacek concluded his career as the second player in Big Eight Conference history to score 1,000 points and record 600 assists. He would go on to become the most successful former Cyclone to play in the NBA, earning a spot on the All-Star team in 1992 while with the Phoenix Suns.
Faye Perkins is inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004 as one of the university?s most versatile athletes in history. She lettered in three sports ? track and field, basketball, and softball ? during her ISU career from 1974-78.
No answer for The Mayor: Fred Hoiberg scores 17 straight points en route to a 32-point performance in ISU?s 69-65 win over No. 3 Kansas in 1995.
Scott McCadam wins his third-straight Big Eight swimming titles in the 50-, 100-, and 200-meter freestyle events in 1986, bringing his league title total to an unprecedented nine in three years. He also broke the ISU and Big Eight Conference records in all three events.
?Why not Iowa State?? On Nov. 18, 2006, head football coach Dan McCarney wins his final game after 12 seasons at the helm of the ISU program and is carried off the field by his team, which defeated Missouri 21-16 to send Coach Mac out a winner. The winningest coach in Cyclone history told reporters and fans at his resignation press conference, ?When I took this job I said, ?Why not Iowa State? Why not winning? Why not bowl games? Why not sell outs? Why not national respect?? And I can truly tell you from the bottom of my heart, it has truly been great to be a Cyclone.?
ISU loses two programs: Iowa State eliminates its men?s tennis and men?s gymnastics programs in 1994.
Honoring greatness: The first ISU Athletics Hall of Fame class is inducted in 1997. The Hall of Fame is a program of the ISU Letterwinners Club, which is designed to connect former stu-dent-athletes back to the university and its athletics programs.
Super duper: In its final season under head coach K.J. Kindler, the ISU women?s gymnastics team qualifies for its first-ever NCAA ?Super Six? in 2006.
Biggest and best: Heavyweight wrestler Chris Taylor is named the Big Eight Athlete of the Year in 1973. The largest athlete in ISU history (6?5? and 440 lbs.) finished his wrestling career with an 87-0-1 record and two national titles. He went on to earn a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. After reaching almost 500 pounds by age 29, Taylor died of a heart attack as he was beginning to launch a career in professional/entertainment wrestling.
The grass is greener on our side: Iowa State hosts the first-ever NCAA golf championships at Wakonda Club in Des Moines in 1939. Hugo Otopalik, ISU?s legendary administrator and wrestling coach who also coached the men?s golf team in the 1930s and early 1940s, serves as tournament director.
A spike in success: Second-year head coach Christy Johnson leads the ISU volleyball team to its second NCAA tournament appearance in history ? and first in more than a decade ? in 2006.

Home run: The ISU baseball team, playing with the knowledge that the program would not be returning in 2002, picks off a string of nationally-ranked Big 12 foes ? including taking two of three from No. 1 Nebraska ? to qualify for postseason play for the first time since 1996.
Weather woes: The flood of 1993 destroys the gymnasium floor at Hilton Coliseum.
Raising the bar: Amy Pyle is named national women?s gymnastics Coach of the Year in 2000. That season Iowa State tied the Big 12 scoring record to claim its first conference title in 23 years and qualified for national competition for the first time in school history. Pyle resigned following the season; assistant K.J. Kindler took over as head coach for the next six years and was herself named national Coach of the Year in 2005.
Peg Neppel wins the individual title at the 1975 AIAW cross country championships, hosted and won by ISU.
Road warriors: The Iowa State women?s basketball team hands Kansas its first-ever Big 12 loss at Allen Field House in 1999.
Danny Harris wins the 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays, the Texas Relays, the Big Eight championships, and the NCAA championships in 1984. He would go on to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games that summer.
Ed Bock, one of the greatest players in Big Six history, becomes the only Cyclone ever inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
?A man among boys? is the way many described 1990 Big Eight Athlete of the Year Mike Busch, who was drafted both by the NFL?s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and major league baseball?s Los Angeles Dodgers. In the end, Busch chose to pursue professional baseball.
Ring my bell: The ISU Victory Bell is cast by Clinton H. Meneely Bell Co. in 1890. It was moved from central campus to Clyde Williams Field in the early 20th century, then to Jack Trice Stadium in the 1970s. Today the bell?s ring signifies an ISU football victory.
Nate Carr wins his third consecutive 150-pound collegiate wrestling title in 1983.
The Gray-test: Three-time first-team all-Big Eight selection and all-time ISU scoring leader Jeff Grayer earns a bronze medal in basketball at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.