Black Friday. It sounds ominous. But what doesn’t these days?
So let’s have some fun, starting with the Nebraska-Iowa version of Fun Facts.
1. The visiting team has won the last four games in this series.
2. Since Nebraska entered the Big Ten, the Huskers lead the series 3-2, but the Hawkeyes have outscored them, 114-107.
3. Iowa’s Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels have 861 and 855 rushing yards, respectively.
4. Last week, Iowa and Nebraska held their opponents under 200 yards.
5. Iowa has been held under 100 yards passing in its last two games. It won both. In fact, it has won its last four such games. The two before it were 2015 wins over Wisconsin and Nebraska.
6. Nebraska’s De’Mornay Pierson-El has 20 punt returns for a total of 160 yards this season. Against Iowa in Kinnick Stadium two years ago, he had three punt returns for a total of 134 yards. Pierson-El’s Twitter name is @DontPunt_15.
7. The Hawkeyes are first in the Big Ten in kickoff returns, second in punt returns. Senior Riley McCarron averages 36.7 yards on punt returns, 54 yards on kickoff returns.
8. Nebraska’s Drew Brown and Iowa’s Keith Duncan are both 34-for-34 on PATs.
9. Both Nebraska Coach Mike Riley will get a minimum of a $100,000 bonus if the Huskers beat Iowa, because they would be assured of a share of the Big Ten West title. If Iowa beats Nebraska and Minnesota upsets Wisconsin Saturday, those four teams would share the West title and Ferentz would get a $100,000 bonus for the Hawkeyes getting a piece of it.
10. Nebraska has won 46 conference football titles, but none since 1999.
11. The Huskers lead the nation in fourth-quarter point-differential, with 88 more points than their foes. Eight of their first 11 opponents rushed for 10 yards or less in the fourth quarter.
12. Nebraska tight end Cethan Carter and wide receivers Alonzo Moore and Stanley Morgan are all from Louisiana. All have at least 16 catches and a touchdown.
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13. Mike Bellotti will be ABC’s color commentator for this game. He was the head coach at Oregon for 14 years. He went 4-4 in eight head-to-head matchups with Oregon State when Riley was the Beavers’ coach. Bellotti was 68-39 in all other (then) Pac-10 games.
14. The Husker Sports Radio Network has affilliates in Beatrice, Broken Bow, and of course, Ogallala.
15. Coe College’s football team, which takes an 11-0 record to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs Saturday at St. Thomas, has freshman Peyton Hesse of Waukon and senior Jake Morris of Solon. Hesse is the brother of current Iowa defensive end Parker Hesse, and Morris is the brother of former Iowa linebacker James Morris. Jake Morris has 3.5 quarterback sacks and 29 tackles, while Hesse has four receptions.
16. Cedar Rapids, Neb., is 127 miles northwest of Lincoln. It had a population of 382 at the 2010 census. It had a population of 407 at the 2000 census.
17. Cedar Rapids, Neb., is the home of Plum Center Quilt & Craft Retreats, which offers quilting, scrapbooking and rug-hooking.
18. Stuart, Iowa, is almost exactly halfway between Iowa City and Lincoln. Bonnie and Clyde robbed Stuart’s First National Bank in 1934. The building now houses a hair salon.
19. Iowa hasn’t defeated Nebraska in Kinnick Stadium since 1981. Here’s a good story about that game.
20. This is called the Heroes Game. Here is a superhero.