Nebraska exploded for two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters, then added two more in the fourth quarter as the Huskers romped to an impressive, 42-7, win over defending Big Ten champion Iowa in the season opener.
In the first quarter, fullback Doug Wilkening started things off with a three-yard touchdown run, then Turner Gill threw a 41-yard TD pass to wingback Irving Fryar, who went on to catch six passes for 127 yards on the day.
Roger Craig added a six-yard TD run in the second period and just before halftime, defensive end Wade Praeuner broke the Hawkeyes' backs by recovering a fumble in the Iowa end zone for a 28-0 halftime lead. Nebraska added icing to the cake in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard pass from Gill to Todd Brown and an 80-yard run by Jeff Smith.
HMAX NOTES: Smith's 80-yard run came on his first varsity carry. ... Iowa netted just one yard of total offense in the first half.
Sept. 11, 1982
Iowa 0 0 0 7 — 7
Nebraska 14 14 0 14 — 42
NEB — Doug Wilkening 3 run (Kevin Seibel kick).
NEB — Irving Fryar 41 pass from Turner Gill
NEB — Roger Craig 6 run (Seibel kick).
NEB — Wade Praeuner recovered fumble in end zone
IOW — Tom Grogan 4 run (Tom Nichol kick).
NEB — Todd Brown 9 pass from Gill (Seibel kick).
NEB — Jeff Smith 80 run (Seibel kick).
First downs 11 24
Rushes-yards 37-97 56-343
Passing yards 93 160
Return yards 3 91
Passes 21-10-1 18-10-0
Punts 8-51.1 5-44.6
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 5-34 4-40
Time of possession 27:24 32:36
Iowa: Owen Gill 7-58, Eddie Phillips 14-57,
Norm Granger 3-15.
Nebraska: Rozier 18-127, Smith 2-87. Craig 15-57.
T. Gill 9-40, Wilkening 6-32.
Iowa, Grogan 10-4-0-55, Chuck Long 7-5-1-31.
Nebraska, T. Gill 16-9-0-144.
Iowa, Mike Hufford 4-67, Phillips 3-5.
Nebraska, Fryar 6-127, Craig 2-10.