Huskers hammer Hawkeyes
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.
H’MAX NOTES: At halftime, Iowa had just one net yard of total offense to Nebraska’s 250. … Praeuner’s touchdown came after the center snap sailed over quarterback Chuck Long’s head on a second-and-one play at the Iowa 29 … Smith’s 80-yard touchdown run came on his first varsity carry.
Recap source: 1983 media guide