Fun Facts: Iowa-Nebraska, Sinatra/Bowie Edition

We can be heroes, just for one day

Fun Facts. Iowa-Nebraska.

They may not all be fun, actually. This is something I’ve done the last few years to have fun, and to force myself to pore over game notes and try to learn a few things. But mostly, to have fun.

I’ll do one more set for Iowa’s bowl game, maybe. Then, I’ll probably put this and Hlastradamus to rest for good.

So, let’s do this.

1. These teams are 3-3 against each other since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, but Iowa has outscored the Huskers by 6.2 points per game.

2. Iowa’s Riley McCarron had 108 receiving yards against Nebraska last year. That’s the last time a Hawkeye had 100

3. Nebraska has allowed 206 rushing yards per game while gaining just 111.

4. Iowa’s Noah Fant has the school’s record for single-season touchdowns by a tight end with 8. He is from Omaha.

5. Nebraska Coach Mike Riley coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to two Canadian Football League championships, in 1988 and 1990. His record as head coach of the San Diego Chargers was 14-34.

6. Riley won a Las Vegas Bowl, an Insight Bowl, an Emerald Bowl, a Hawaii Bowl and two Sun Bowls at Oregon State, and a Foster Farms Bowl at Nebraska.


7. This will be Iowa’s first season with a losing record in Big Ten play since 2012 and third in the last 17 years.

8. If the Hawkeyes win Friday, they will have a 7-5 regular-season for the fourth time since 2010.

9. If the Huskers lose Friday, they’ll have their fewest wins in a season since they went 3-6-1 in 1961.

10. Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco played linebacker at Iowa. He had 26 tackles in a 1994 game against Indiana, topped at the school by only Dave Clement’s 29 in 1970.

11. Diaco had a cappuccino machine in his dorm room at Iowa, and liked to listen to Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti records.

12. Nebraska hasn’t finished a season in the Top 25 since 2012.

13. Iowa defensive tackle Nathan Bazata is from Howells, Neb., 80 miles from both Lincoln and Omaha. He was on two state-champions in eight-man football, and was a state-champion in wrestling and the shot put.

14. Nebraska hasn’t won a conference championship in football since 1999. Iowa hasn’t since 2004.

15. In 1997, Nebraska was fifth in the nation in total defense with 257.3 yards allowed per game. In 2017, it is 97th with 429.9.


Thank you for signing up for our e-newsletter!

You should start receiving the e-newsletters within a couple days.

16. In 1997, Iowa was eighth in the nation in rushing with 235.0 yards per game. In 2017, it is 107th with 126.9.

17. Mark Followill will do this game’s play-by-play for FS1. He is a play-by-play announcer for Dallas Mavericks basketball games and FC Dallas games.

18. The first 10 Iowa-Nebraska games were played in either Omaha or Council Bluffs.

19. Stuart, Iowa is almost exactly halfway between Iowa City and Lincoln. Stuart is the home of Good Egg Days and Stuart International Speedway.

20. They call this the Heroes Game. Here is David Bowie doing “Heroes.”



A man was arrested and received several charges after Marion Police officers, responding to a call complaining of possible drug activity, arrived at a residence and found a 'marijuana growing operation' in the basement of the hous ...

U.S. Rep. Rod Blum said it was an 'administrative oversight' that he failed to report - as House ethics rules require - his financial interest in a Dubuque firm that claims it can bury derogatory information about a business in on ...

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.

Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.