Quinton Alston on Cyclones: 'They don't like us, we don't like them'

Pat Harty
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa senior linebacker Quinton Alston apparently isn't concerned about producing bulletin-board material in Ames.

Alston spoke candidly with reporters on Tuesday about his feeling towards Iowa State, which is Iowa's opponent on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

"It's no secret about this week, Iowa State: They don't like us, we don't like them," Alston said. "So it's going to be a physical game. They're going to try and run the ball. They're going to try and throw the ball.

"We're going to go out there and we're going to hit them in the mouth."

A native of Sicklerville, N.J., Alston said it didn't take him very long after joining the Iowa team to realize where the Cyclones stand.

"They tell you from Day 1, we don't like them and they don't like us," Alston said. "So this is our rivalry game. This is a big game in the state. So it didn't take long at all, a couple hours, maybe."

Iowa used to dominate the rivalry with Iowa State, winning 15 consecutive games from 1983-97. Such control is no longer a luxury, however, as evidenced by Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's 7-8 record against the Cyclones.

Alston said the Cyclones talk more trash on the field than any of Iowa's other opponents.

"It doesn't take that long to really get used to the rivalry and really not like them," Alston said.

Junior defensive back Jordan Lomax, who is form Upper Marlboro, Md., also addressed Iowa State's alleged propensity at smack talk.

"We try not to listen to all the noise they talk about us," Lomax said.

Senior receiver Damond Powell got his first taste of the rivalry last year in Ames after transferring to Iowa from junior college. The Hawkeyes overcome a hostile environment in Jack Trice Stadium to prevail 27-21.

"Being there the first time was a big experience," Powell said. "There were a lot of people out there. I didn't know they hated us like that."