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Iowa defensive linemen Faith Ekakitie and Jaleel Johnson lift the Heroes Game trophy following the Hawkeyes' win over Nebraska on Black Friday last season.

Andy Abeyta, Quad-City Times

Five things to think about over the next few days following the Hawkeyes' 40-10 win over No. 17 Nebraska on Friday at Kinnick Stadium:

1. The good

Iowa actually moved the ball through the air in its rout of the Cornhuskers, gaining just enough from the passing game to force Nebraska to play the Hawkeyes honest.

Quarterback C.J. Beathard, wide receiver Riley McCarron and tight end George Kittle enjoyed the kind of Senior Day that most players would want.

Beathard completed 10-of-15 passes for 144 yards, Iowa's best outing in three games and the senior QB's best completion percentage in his last seven games.

McCarron finished with five catches and for a career-high 108 yards including a 77-yard touchdown reception, while Kittle returned from an injury to catch a pair of touchdown passes in his final game at Kinnick.

Of the 41 balls Kittle has caught over the past two seasons, 10 have been for touchdowns. Not a bad percentage.

2. The really good

Iowa's tandem of LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley continue to deliver, combining for 263 yards on 40 carries. That type of production, fueled by consistent blocking by the line and by other skill players on the field, made the difference as the Hawkeyes plowed their way through a porous Nebraska defense.

Daniels topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season - a first for a Hawkeye since Marcus Coker in 2011 -- on a four-yard carry midway through the fourth quarter. He finished with 158 yards and two scores, becoming the first Iowa player in Kirk Ferentz's tenure to rush for 150 yards and score two touchdowns on four occasions in a career.

Wadley enters Iowa's bowl game needing 34 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the season himself.

Together, they helped the Hawkeyes average a respectable 5.6 yards per carry that was more than enough to lead Iowa to its third win in four years over Nebraska.

3. The really, really good

Iowa's defense is sick - in today's definition of the word, not the old school way of thinking.

The Hawkeyes turned in another dominant effort against the Cornhuskers, starting with the work up front which never let Nebraska's ground game get going and has jittery Tommy Armstrong misfiring all day from the quarterback spot.

Iowa surrendered 90 total yards on the ground, the third straight game where Iowa gave up fewer than 100 rushing yards and the Cornhuskers cobbled together only 217 total yards.

That's more of the same from the Hawkeyes who since giving up 599 yards in an ugly 41-14 loss at Penn State have allowed 616 yards in the last three games combined.

Iowa's defensive growth and consistency has been impressive over the past three weeks. The Hawkeyes have allowed only two touchdowns during that time, a second-quarter score by Michigan and a third-quarter touchdown pass yesterday by Nebraska in a game that was all-but over.

4. The not totally bad

Iowa's special teams had a mixed bag of results Saturday.

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The Hawkeyes did get a season-best 44-yard punt return from Desmond King to set up their first score of the second half, helping Iowa neutralize Nebraska in that area of the game.

Iowa averaged 13.7 yards on six punt returns and 26.7 yards on three kick returns, while limiting the Cornhuskers to 2.7 yards on punt returns and 20.2 yards on kick returns.

The Hawkeyes averaged nearly five more yards per punt, with Ron Coluzzi placing three of his five punts inside the 20 and delivering two of more than 50 yards to help Iowa win a field possession battle against a Nebraska team that punted 10 times.

A blocked extra point and failed two-point conversion attempt were the lone blemishes on an otherwise solid effort.

5. The ugly

Faith Ekakitie's Senior Day memories at Iowa were tarnished in a way no person should have to deal with in 2016.

The Iowa defensive tackle has claimed a Nebraska player directed a racial slur at him during Friday's game.

In postgame interviews, Ekakitie declined to identify the player or repeat what was said, adding that he did respond to the play at the time of the incident.

"I feel like when it's that upfront and that weighing, then if you are just going to completely ignore it at the time, you're a coward in my opinion,'' Ekakitie told the Cedar Rapids Gazette during a postgame interview. "Someone comes at you personally like that and decides to attack you, it's easy to say, 'I don't want to get confrontational' and kind of ignore it. But, that's not just an attack on me, it's an attack on everyone else that is of my ethnicity. So I think you can't just ignore that kind of stuff.''

Nebraska released a brief statement late last night, saying that football staff members and athletics administrators were aware of Ekakitie's comments. That was the extent of their immediate reaction.

Don't expect that to be the final words on the matter, and it shouldn't be.

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