For many football fans in the state of Iowa, the 2017 season was a bit above average. Both the Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes were bowl bound together for the first time since 2012.
With games for both teams happening between the Christmas holiday and New Year's, the Des Moines Metro area was pumped with excitement and streaming with red and gold as well as black and gold. But for the Cyclones, the season was one much needed, welcomed and appreciated.
The Iowa State Cyclones finished the regular season 7-5, which for many would be considered a 'tough season,' but for those true Cyclone fans, being over .500 was more than going in the right direction.
“Honestly a winning season is exciting for the Cyclones just because we haven’t had one in a while,” said Cayla Witte, an ISU alumn.
“It was good at first, (the season) then it started to slip a bit," said Peter Neumann, who flew in to West Des Moines for the holidays from California. "We had some good wins and I think it’s going to be a good building season, and we’ll see how we come back next year.”
The Cyclones headed to Memphis to take on the Memphis Tigers for the Liberty Bowl over the New Year's weekend. This was the first bowl appearance by the Cyclones since 2012, when the Cyclones lost to to Tulsa.
For those Iowans who didn't make the trip to Memphis to see the Cyclones in person, many headed into West Des Moines to view the game together at The Hall in Historic Valley Junction. The venue is a new favorite to many football enthusiasts to host big game viewing parties and was fitted perfectly for the bowl game with ISU.
The Cyclones won a close game 21-20 over the 'home team' Memphis Tigers, bring ISU their first bowl game win since 2009.
The Hall in Valley Junction is located at 111 S. 11th St., Suite 200, West Des Moines, IA 50265