Adrian Martinez takes off for a 7-yard gain late in the first half against Iowa.

Iowa 27
Nebraska 24

Nov. 29, 2019 • 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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First quarter
IA: Smith-Marsette 45 run (Duncan kick) 11:04
NU: Waldoch 41 field goal, 4:03
IA: Goodson 55 run (Duncan kick) 3:08
Second quarter
IA: Duncan 49 field goal, 11:37
NU: Taylor-Britt 38 interception return (Waldoch kick) 8:54
IA: Smith-Marsette 95 kickoff return (Duncan kick) 8:41
Third quarter
NU: Spielman 39 pass from McCaffrey (Waldoch kick) 8:24
NU: Mazour 9 run (Waldoch kick) 0:32 
Fourth quarter
IA: Duncan 48 field goal, 0:01

                           IOWA      NEB
FIRST DOWNS................. 13       18
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 31-225   56-184
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 99      100
  Att-Comp-Int......... 25-11-1  23-12-1
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 56-324   79-284
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 0-0      1-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards.... 4-127     2-12
Int. Returns-Yards........ 1-20     1-38
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 8-39.8  10-38.8
Fumbles-Lost............... 1-1      1-1
Penalties-Yards........... 6-49     3-25
Possession Time.......... 26:09    33:51
Third-Down Conv. ...... 4 of 13  8 of 21
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 0 of 0   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 1-1      1-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 2-12      0-0

IA: Tyler Goodson 13-116; Mekhi Sargent 8-55; Ihmir Smith-Marsette 1-45; Nate Stanley 4-14; Toren Young 3-6; Team 1-minus 2; Tyrone Tracy 1-minus 9.

NEB: Dedrick Mills 24-94; Adrian Martinez 21-44; Wyatt Mazour 7-28; Wan'Dale Robinson 3-14; Luke McCaffrey 1-4.

IA: Nate Stanley 11-24-1-99; Team 0-1-0-0

NEB: Adrian Martinez 10-18-1-50; Noah Vedral 1-3-0-11; Luke McCaffrey 1-1-0-39; JD Spielman 0-1-0-0.

IA: Sam LaPorta 3-37; Nico Ragaini 3-12; Tyrone Tracy 2-20; Ihmir Smith-Marsette 1-22; Shaun Beyer 1-9; Mekhi Sargent 1-minus 1.

NEB: Dedrick Mills 4-34; JD Spielman 3-34; Jack Stoll 3-1; Kade Warner 2-31.

Attendance: 89,039

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Late field goal dashes Huskers’ upset hopes

Nebraska rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half and held Iowa to 133 total yards over the final three quarters, but Keith Duncan hit a 48-yard field goal with one second remaining, lifting Iowa to a 27-24 victory.

It marked the second straight year Iowa won the Heroes Trophy game with a last-second field goal, and the Hawkeyes won their fifth straight game in the border rival series.

Iowa (8-3, 6-3 Big Ten) began its winning drive with 41 seconds remaining in regulation at its 26 yard line. The Hawkeyes used consecutive passing plays of 22 yards from quarterback Nate Stanley to set up the game-winning field goal.

Nebraska (5-7, 3-6 Big Ten) ends its season for the second straight year after rallying in the second half to tie Iowa, only to fall at the end on a field goal.

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Pregame links & info
2019 schedule
04/13Reds 24, Whites 13
08/31S. AlabamaW 35-21
09/07@ ColoradoL 31-34
09/14N. IllinoisW 44-8
09/21@ IllinoisW 42-38
09/28Ohio St.L 7-48
10/05NorthwesternW 13-10
10/12@ MinnesotaL 7-34
10/26IndianaL 31-38
11/02@ PurdueL 27-31
11/16WisconsinL 21-37
11/23@ MarylandW 54-7
11/29IowaL 24-27
Can-Taylor Britt returns a first-half interception for a TD.



Two boneheaded miscalculations — one by a coach, another by a player — made the difference.


The Husker defense was actually really good after the first quarter. But again, Iowa's offense got them big when it all mattered.


Nebraska’s defense largely played well enough to win a football game. The Hawkeyes had 11 total yards in the second quarter. They had 7 in the third quarter.

Hail Varsity

The Huskers had their chances ... but calmness in the face of adversity hasn’t been one of Nebraska’s strengths for a while now.

Hail Varsity

In the end, it was pretty much what we've seen all season from the Big Red. NU is seemingly close, but at times felt miles away.


Nebraska got dealt one more painful dose of truth and reality in the final seconds of what has always been a lost season. Happy endings are nice, but honest humblings can be more beneficial in the long run.

Daily Nebraskan

Now we’ll have an offseason to talk about what went wrong, and it’s pretty simple. The Huskers didn’t win the games that they could have won.

Grand Island Independent

There were too many plays that went sideways for Nebraska to put this on Martinez. But once again, with the game in the balance, the Huskers found a way to lose.

Omaha World-Herald

After this game, you can't help but wonder what the QB picture will look like going forward. This game changed the conversation more than ever.

Lincoln Journal Star

Scott Frost has to start coaching like the man Nebraska hired two years ago and not the man who stands at the podium lamenting the mistakes that cost Nebraska another game.

Omaha World-Herald*

If Frost wants to live in the real world, where tough decisions have to be made and relationships are put to the test, now is about making adjustments.

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