Turnovers plague Nebraska as Iowa remains perfect
Story and photos by Nathan Poppe, NewsNewNebraska
A tale of two regular seasons came to an end Friday in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Iowa Hawkeyes are just 60 minutes away from the College Football Playoff. The Nebraska Cornhuskers will head into the off season looking for answers.
Iowa defeated Nebraska 28-20 in front of over 90,000 fans on a bone-chilling Friday afternoon in Memorial Stadium. A pair of third-quarter touchdown runs by running back Jordan Canzeri created separation between the two teams, and a fourth down stop in the game’s last six minutes ended all legitimate chances for a Husker comeback.
Iowa’s ability to limit mistakes and capitalize on Husker mistakes is how they won the game. Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw four interceptions including one inside his own ten yard line that was returned for a touchdown. Nebraska also committed eight penalties for 95 yards.
Nebraska had a total of 433 yards of offense compared to only 250 yards for Iowa, but costly turnovers kept giving Iowa a short field to work with much of the game.
Iowa improves to 12-0. It’s best record Iowa has ever had and they will now face Michigan State University in their first Big Ten Championship game in Hawkeye history. Iowa is currently ranked in the top four teams in the country and are a win away from the College Football Playoff.
Nebraska falls to 5-7 and clings to a remote chance of getting a minor bowl bid. Nebraska fans knew Mike Riley’s first head coaching season at Nebraska was not going to be easy, but most fans did not expect this. It was a season full of maddening turnovers, penalties and heart breaking finishes.
Thousands of fans exited the stadium on Friday chanting “Lets Go Iowa!” Many Nebraska fans silently shuffled away looking for a place to get warm and hope for better results next season.