Quarter by quarter: Iowa 40, Nebraska 10
Tommy Armstrong: He gets the start for Nebraska at quarterback and dodges a bullet on his first pass of the game, which bounces off the chest of Iowa linebacker Ben Niemann, who can’t corral the ball. Nebraska has to punt.
Riley McCarron: On Iowa’s subsequent drive, he catches a pass in the flat from Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard, turns upfield and gains 15 yards for an early first down.
Kevin Maurice: Three plays later, Iowa faces third down and the Husker defensive tackle forces a punt when he sacks Beathard for a 3-yard loss. NU’s downfield coverage is good, too.
Cethan Carter: Draws oohs from the Iowa partisan crowd as he catches a crossing pattern and bulls into Manny Rugamba, knocking him over. Nebraska punts three plays later.
Akrum Wadley: Iowa’s top running back makes a beauty of a jump cutback on a zone play, bringing Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas to the ground. Wadley then outruns NU safety Aaron Williams to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown. Husker corner Joshua Kalu blocks the extra point. Iowa leads 6-0.
McCarron: On Iowa’s next possession, Beathard fakes a handoff to Wadley. Nebraska’s linebackers bite hard on the fake, and McCarron, working over the middle, catches a pass in front of Husker safety Kieron Williams. McCarron then runs past Williams, coasting to the end zone for a 77-yard touchdown. The Hawkeyes lead 13-0.
Armstrong: On NU’s subsequent drive, he chooses to throw deep twice to Brandon Reilly, missing on both.
Caleb Lightbourn: His first three punts of the day are excellent, but the fourth travels five yards forward and 40 yards to the left, into the Kinnick Stadium stands.
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Armstrong: Throws his best pass of the day, a 16-yard bootleg comeback to De’Mornay Pierson-El.
Terrell Newby: After running off Iowa’s right side for seven yards, he’s hit in the helmet — no call by the refs — and his knee is badly twisted. He limps off the field.
Jordan Westerkamp: Catches a slant pass and goes 19 yards into Iowa territory.
Josey Jewell: The Iowa linebacker and finalist for the Butkus Award is flagged 15 yards for a late hit on Westerkamp. It takes NU to the Iowa 20 and puts the Huskers in range for a 35-yard Drew Brown field goal that cuts Iowa’s lead to 13-3.
LeShun Daniels: Iowa’s big running back pops a big gainer of his own, following a giant mass of Hawkeye offensive linemen for five yards, then running for another 54 until he’s tackled by Nebraska safety Nate Gerry. Daniels scores two plays later on a toss play. Iowa leads 20-3.
Reilly: On Nebraska’s ensuing drive, he makes a leaping 16-yard grab on third-and-15 to keep the drive going.
Armstrong: On third down near midfield, he overthrows an open Reilly around the Iowa 15. The Huskers punt and Iowa runs out the final four minutes of the first half for a 20-3 lead.
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Armstrong: Overthrows an open Morgan deep downfield. Nebraska must punt.
Desmond King: The Iowa cornerback returns the punt 44 yards deep into Husker territory, weaving around and through seemingly hapless Husker defenders.
Beathard: On first-and-goal from the Nebraska 1, the Iowa quarterback rolls to his right and throws a 1-yard touchdown to tight end George Kittle. The Hawkeyes go for 2 and don’t get it, and lead 26-3.
Westerkamp: Catches another slant, this one for 16 yards, on third-and-8.Morgan: Catches a 15-yard crossing route from Armstrong on third-and-10.Armstrong: Nebraska moves inside the Iowa 15, where it has fourth-and-10 from the Hawkeye 13. Armstrong makes his best play of the game, moving to his right to avoid the pass rush and throwing back to his left, where Morgan catches the ball inside the 5 and scores a touchdown. Iowa leads 26-10.Danny Langsdorf: Nebraska’s defense forces two Iowa punts in the third quarter, but the Huskers can’t do anything on either possession. Langsdorf, Nebraska’s offensive coordinator, calls four passes in six plays. All are incomplete.* * *FOURTH QUARTERNoah Fant: The Omaha South graduate and Hawkeye tight end converts a key fourth down with a 10-yard catch.Gerry: Runs into Iowa’s field goal kicker on fourth down, prolonging an Iowa drive that eventually leads to a TD. Iowa leads 33-10.McCarron: Returns a Lightbourn punt 29 yards.Daniels: Converts a fourth down into a first down.Beathard: Scrambles for 13 yards on fourth-and-5.Daniels: Scores a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 40-10 win.