In a 14-14 game, true freshman Ihmir Smith-Marsette took the opening kickoff the third quarter and ran 74 yards with it, positioning Iowa for a 5-play, 22-yard scoring drive that ended with a 1-yard carry by Akrum Wadley, which moved the Hawkeyes ahead to stay. The return was the longest of the season Iowa, topping the previous best of 53 Smith-Marsette had on a return last week against Purdue.
The Hawkeyes ran the ball with authority against a porous Nebraska defense, averaging 6.7 yards any time Iowa opted to rush the football. The Hawkeyes did that 47 times against the Cornhuskers, piling up a season-high 313 rushing yards. Four Iowa backs combined to rush for six touchdowns, an effort led by Akrum Wadley runs of 20, 1 and 29 yards.
"Coming out at halftime, it’s even. It’s anybody’s game. I think we showed how much we wanted this, how much it meant to us to finish the regular season with a good win, playing the way we can play in all three phases of the game." – Iowa running back James Butler
SEPT. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3
SEPT. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)
SEPT. 16;Iowa 31, North Texas 14
SEPT. 23;Penn State 21, Iowa 19
SEPT. 30;Michigan State 17, Iowa 10
OCT. 7;Iowa 45, Illinois 16
OCT. 21;Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 (OT)
OCT. 28;Iowa 17, Minnesota 10
NOV. 4;Iowa 55, Ohio State 24
NOV. 11;Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14
NOV. 18;Purdue 24, Iowa 15
NOV. 24;Iowa 56, Nebraska 14