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Iowa football at Nebraska: Final score, stats, highlights and more

Hawkeyes beat Cornhuskers for fifth straight year

Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette on Friday against Nebraska. (Associated Press)
Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette on Friday against Nebraska. (Associated Press)

The 17th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes escaped with the Heroes Trophy, beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Keith Duncan's 48-yard field goal in the final seconds in Lincoln, Neb. 

Final score: No. 17 Iowa (9-3, 6-3) 27, Nebraska (5-7, 3-6) 24

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The Hawkeyes led 24-10 at halftime but had to rally after the Cornhuskers tied it up in the third quarter.


Nate Stanley was only 11 of 24 for 99 yards in the game, but hit Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Sam LaPorta for 22-yard gains on back-to-back plays to set up Duncan's game-winner.

The Hawkeyes outgained the Huskers 324-284 thanks to a 225-yard effort on the ground. Tyler Goodson rushed 13 times for 116 yards and a TD. Smith-Marsette had just the one catch but found the end zone on a reverse and a kick return.

A.J. Epenesa was disruptive for the Iowa defense, totaling 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Scoring summary

IOWA — Ihmir Smith-Marsette 45 run; Keith Duncan kick (7-0 IOWA, 11:04 1st) [Video]

NEB — Matt Waldoch 41 field goal (7-3 IOWA, 4:03 1st)

IOWA — Tyler Goodson 55 run; Duncan kick (14-3 IOWA, 3:08 1st) [Video]

IOWA — Duncan 49 field goal (17-3 IOWA, 11:37 2nd)

NEB — Cam Taylor-Britt 38 interception return; Waldoch kick (17-10 IOWA, 8:54 2nd) [Video]

IOWA — Smith-Marsette 95 kick return; Duncan kick (24-10 IOWA, 8:41 2nd) [Video]

NEB — JD Spielman 39 pass from Luke McCaffrey; Waldoch kick (24-17 IOWA, 8:24 3rd) [Video]


NEB — Wyatt Mazour 9 run; Waldoch kick (24-24, 0:32 3rd) [Video]

IOWA  — Duncan 48 field goal (27-24 IOWA, 0:01 4th) [Video]

4th Quarter thread

0:01 4th: Iowa 27, Nebraska 24

Keith Duncan is the hero. The Iowa kicker drilled a 48-yard field goal for the lead.

0:32 4th: A blindside block penalty near midfield derailed the Huskers' drive and gave Iowa one more chance. The punt went out of bounds at the Iowa 26.

2:32 4th: Mekhi Sargent gained 30 yards on first down ... and then fumbled on the next play. The Huskers recovered at their 31.

3:14 4th: A.J. Epenesa came through with his second sack of the day, dropping Adrian Martinez for a 3-yard loss on third-and-14. The punt was downed at the Nebraska 37.

4:32 4th: The Hawkeyes went with a Nate Stanley pooch punt on fourth-and-6 from the Nebraska 34, but it rolled into the end zone for a touchback.

9:10 4th: Iowa's defense got the stop it was looking for with a three-and-out, giving the offense good field position again at the Iowa 47.

10:52 4th: Iowa had fourth-and-4 at the Nebraska 39 but took a delay of game penalty and punted. JD Spielman fielded it and took a knee at the 2. Nate Stanley came up limping after scrambling on third-and-6.

12:37 4th: Dane Belton shoved Adrian Martinez out of bounds on third-and-short to force a Nebraska three-and-out. The punt was downed on the Nebraska side of midfield.

14:26 4th: Tyrone Tracy got behind the Nebraska defense on first down, but dropped a deep ball and the Hawkeyes then went three-and-out.

3rd Quarter thread

0:32 3rd: Iowa 24, Nebraska 24

It's tied up. The Huskers completed a 13-play, 60-yard drive with Wyatt Mazour's 9-yard TD run. Nebraska converted a fourth-and-6 from the Iowa 29 when Adrian Martinez found Kade Warner over the middle for an 11-yard gain.

6:26 3rd: An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Ihmir Smith Marsette turned third-and-2 into third-and-17. A screen pass on the next play went nowhere and the Hawkeyes went three-and-out.

8:24 3rd: Iowa 24, Nebraska 17

Nebraska brought Luke McCaffrey in at quarterback and he immediately threw a touchdown pass on a rollout to JD Spielman to bring the Huskers within one score.

10:00 3rd: Iowa went three-and-out without gaining a yard on its first drive of the half.

11:01 3rd: Nebraska was bailed out on its opening drive of the half with a questionable running into the kicker penalty that resulted in a first down at midfield. A.J. Epenesa responded by stopping Dedrick Mills for a 4-yard loss, then sacking Adrian Martinez on third-and-long.

2nd Quarter thread

0:41 2nd: Nebraska was on the move, looking to get points before the half but Iowa safety Jack Koerner had other ideas. He picked off Adrian Martinez just shy of the goal line.


3:04 2nd: Tyler Goodson went over 100 yards rushing with a first-down carry, but a couple Nate Stanley overthrows made this a quick possession.

5:06 2nd: The Huskers picked up a first down on this drive via an 8-yard Adrian Martinez run, but Matt Hankins prevented a wide receiver pass on the next play with an 8-yard tackle for loss and Nebraska ended up punting.

8:41 2nd: Iowa 24, Nebraska 10

How's this for a response? Wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to the house. That's his second touchdown of the game, and neither have come via the passing game.

8:54 2nd: Iowa 17, Nebraska 10

If Nebraska's offense can't find the end zone, leave it to the defense. Nate Stanley's pass was right to JoJo Domann. He could only tip it, but Cam Taylor-Britt was right behind him for the pick and 38-yard touchdown return.

9:41 2nd: A.J. Epenesa sacked Adrian Martinez on first down and the Huskers went three-and-out again.

11:37 2nd: Iowa 17, Nebraska 3

Iowa lost yardage on back-to-back runs after a Nate Stanley QB sneak on third-and-3 gave the Hawkeyes a first down. Third-and-21 didn't go as well as Nico Ragaini was wrapped up for a loss on a swing pass. Keith Duncan converted a 49-yard field goal, tying his career long.

1st Quarter thread

2:06 1st: No response from Nebraska's offense after the big play. The Huskers went three-and-out.

3:08 1st: Iowa 14, Nebraska 3

Another big second-down run for the Hawkeyes. Running back Tyler Goodson broke a tackle and went 55 yards to the house. That put the Hawkeyes at 122 rushing yards on seven attempts.

4:03 1st: Iowa 7, Nebraska 3


The Huskers settled for a field goal despite a 20-yard first-down pass from Adrian Martinez to Kade Warner. Matt Waldoch connected from 41 yards.

7:02 1st: Iowa was backed up at its 4 and went virtually nowhere on three straight runs. The ensuing 27-yard punt was downed at Iowa's 37.

9:21 1st: Nebraska had a trick play of its own set up but receiver JD Spielman's pass slipped out of quarterback Adrian Martinez's hands. Michael Ojemudia dropped a would-be interception on the next play but the Hawkeyes still got a stop.

11:04 1st: Iowa 7, Nebraska 0

Ihmir Smith-Marsette took a reverse untouched 45 yards to the house to give the Hawkeyes the lead. It was the second play of Iowa's second drive.

11:39 1st: Brady Reiff dragged down a scrambling Adrian Martinez on third-and-5 to force a three-and-out on Nebraska's first drive.

13:33 1st: Nate Stanley and Tyrone Tracy connected for a first down on the first play of the game but Iowa's opening drive was slowed with a Tracy drop on second down. The Hawkeyes eventually punted.

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