The play: Quarterback Taylor Martinez flipped the ball through the heart of the Hawkeye defense, hitting a wide-open Kyler Reed for a 6-yard score which capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive with 32 seconds left in the opening half that chewed up 5 minutes, 58 seconds of clock and sent Nebraska into the locker room with a 10-0 lead at halftime.
The stat: Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead carried the football a school-record 38 times Friday, piling up 160 yards and scoring once but more importantly for the Cornhuskers, he allowed Nebraska to build a more than 15-minute advantage in possession time. The Cornhuskers had the ball in their hands for 37 minutes, 47 seconds, limiting Iowa to 59 plays, 24 fewer than Nebraska ran.
The quote: "I thought we ran effectively, the blocking and running was good, but a game like this, you don't get enough chances to rush if you aren't sustaining drives in the first half. That's as old as time. If they rush well and you don't, you better get some turnovers and Nebraska played a perfect game that way."
- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
The game ball: At one point early in the fourth quarter, Nebraska I-back Rex Burkhead had carried the ball 37 times and Iowa as a team had run a total of 36 plays. The Cornhuskers' junior toted the ball more in one game than any back in the program's history, finishing with 160 yards on 38 carries. His work, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run, allowed Nebraska to secure its fourth straight nine-win season under coach Bo Pelini.
Next up: Iowa waits to learn its bowl fate, which could be determined by the outcome of games this weekend as early as Sunday or as late as Dec. 4. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 11th straight season. Coach Kirk Ferentz is giving his team time off until Tuesday, when Iowa players will meet and an initial practice schedule and plans for December will be discussed.
The bottom line: Iowa finishes the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in Big Ten play for the second straight season. The Hawkeyes finish fourth in the Legends Division.
Sept. 3: Iowa 34, Tenn. Tech 7
Sept. 10: Iowa State 44,
Iowa 41, 3OT
SEpt. 18: Iowa 31, Pittsburgh 27
Sept. 24: Iowa 45, Louisiana-Monroe 17
Oct. 8: Penn State 13, Iowa 3
Oct. 15: Iowa 41, Northwestern 31
Oct. 22: Iowa 45, Indiana 24
Oct. 29: Minnesota 22, Iowa 21
Nov. 5: Iowa 24, Michigan 16
Nov. 12: Michigan St. 37, Iowa 21
Nov. 19: Iowa 31, Purdue 21
Nov. 25: Nebraska 20, Iowa 7
The box score
Iowa 0 0 0 7 - 7
Nebraska 0 10 3 7 - 20
Nebraska - Brett Maher 40-yard FG. Drive - 10 plays, 52 yards, 4:40. Time remaining - 11:22. Key plays - Holding penalty on Iowa gave Nebraska its first first down of series on an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-5 play; Taylor Martinez 19-yard pass to Kenny Bell to the Iowa 38-yard line. Score - Nebraska 3-0
Nebraska - Kyler Reed 6-yard pass from Martinez. Maher kick. Drive - 15 plays, 80 yards, 5:58. Time remaining - 0:32. Key plays - Rex Burkhead moved the chains with runs of 4, 2 and 5 yards on a pair of third-down plays and one fourth-down run, carries 9 times for 38 yards on the drive. Score - Nebraska 10-0
Nebraska - Maher 21-yard FG. Drive - 12 plays, 82 yards, 5:08. Time remaining - 4:42. Key plays - Martinez passes of 20 and 28 yards to Bell, the latter followed by a personal foul on Tanner Miller for a horse collar tackle that moved the ball to the Iowa 11. Score - Nebraska 13-0
Nebraska - Burkhead 2-yard run. Maher kick. Drive - 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:01. Time remaining - 11:25. Key plays - Martinez passes of 22 yards to Bell and 19 yards to Quincy Enunwa. Score - Nebraska 20-0
Iowa - Marcus Coker 2-yard run. Mike Meyer kick. Drive - 10 plays, 80 yards, 1:53. Time remaining - 3:26. Key plays - James Vandenberg 5-of-10 passing, 53 yards; Vandenberg 12-yard run on 4tth-and-7 play. Score - Nebraska 20-7
A - 85,595
First downs 18 25
Rushes-yards 24-88 61-222
Passing yards 182 163
Comp-Att-Int 16-35-1 12-22-0
Return yards 0 0
Punts-avg. 7-41.1 7-41.9
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 5-50 9-74
Possession time 22:13 37:37
Rushing - Iowa, Marcus Coker 18-87, James Vandenberg 4-4, Marvin McNutt 1-0, Team 1-(-3); Nebraska, Rex Burkhead 38-160, Ameer Abdullah 12-35, Taylor Martinez 4-20, Tyler Legate 1-5, Aaron Green 2-3, Tim Marlowe 2-3, Team 2-(-4)
Passing - Iowa, Vandenberg 16-35-1-182-0; Nebraska, Martinez 12-22-0-163-1
Receiving - Iowa, Keenan Davis 4-41, McNutt 4-29, C.J. Fiedorowicz 3-41, Coker 3-39, Brad Herman 1-22, Kevonte Martin-Manley 1-10; Nebraska, Kenny Bell 5-93, Quincy Enunwa 3-41, Brandon Kinnie 2-11, Burkhead 1-12, Kyler Reed 1-6
Tackle leaders - Iowa, Thomas Nardo 4-10-14, Jordan Bernstine 4-9-13, James Morris 3-10-13, Tyler Nielsen 1-10-11, Christian Kirksey 3-7-10, Mike Daniels 2-7-9; Nebraska, Lavonte David 5-3-8, Will Compton 2-5-7, Andrew Green 4-2-6, Austin Cassidy 3-3-6, Jason Ankrah 1-4-5, Daimion Stafford 1-4-5