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Each day leading up to Iowa State’s season opener against South Dakota State, Cyclone Fanatic will check another day off the calendar with a memorable statistic, player or game as part of our Countdown to Kickoff presented by Tailgate Clothing.

Only 46 times in the 126-year history of Iowa State football have the Cyclones walked off the field without a winner being decided. That 46 is the number of times Iowa State has played opponents to a tie with the program’s nine draws against the Missouri Tigers being the most against any other team.

Unsurprisingly, it is two other long-running series that sit near the top-five with the team’s six draws against Kansas sitting in second and four ties against Kansas State in fourth.

The other two teams inside the top-five have long since stopped playing football at the FBS level with the four ties against Drake and three against Grinnell rounding out the top group.

It would be basically impossible for Iowa State’s number of ties to increase since college football adopted overtime in 1996. Likely the Cyclones’ last tie in program history came on Oct. 22, 1994, a 31-31 tie against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.