Miscues cost Huskers in loss to Hawkeyes
In a back-and-forth game from start to finish, No. 24 Iowa scored the game’s final 13 points to hand visiting Nebraska a 26-20 loss at Kinnick Stadium.
Nebraska rallied from a 10-0 first-half deficit to take a 20-13 lead following a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half.
The Huskers took the lead on running back Rahmir Johnson’s first career touchdown, a 12-yard burst that capped an eight-play, 70-yard march. But Iowa answered the Husker touchdown with seven points of its own to tie the score at 20 heading to the fourth quarter.
Two fourth-quarter field goals gave Iowa a 26-20 lead, and the Hawkeyes had a chance to seal the win on a 51-yard field goal attempt with just over two minutes left, but the kick hit the crossbar to give Martinez and the Huskers one more shot.
Martinez drove the Huskers to the Iowa 39, but on first-and-10 he was hit by Chauncey Gholston while dropping back to pass. The ball popped loose and was caught by Iowa’s Zach VanValkenburg for a game-sealing fumble recovery at the Iowa 48.