Hawkeyes roar back for the win
A fourth-quarter collapse turned what was once a 15-point advantage into another one-score loss, sending Nebraska to its sixth consecutive loss and wrapping up a 3-9 season.
Iowa scored 28 points despite registering just one touchdown on offense. A blocked punt, a safety and field goals accounted for the rest of the Hawkeyes’ scoring.
After falling behind for the first time all game as the Hawkeyes rang up 19 fourth-quarter points, the Huskers drove inside the Iowa 30 in the final minute, but Iowa’s Jermari Harris intercepted Logan Smothers’ second-down pass at the 2-yard line to ice the game for the Hawkeyes with 43 seconds to play.
It was Iowa’s seventh consecutive win in the series.
Smothers, making his first career start in place of the injured Adrian Martinez, completed 16 of 22 passes for 198 yards, and he also led the Huskers on the ground with 24 carries for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Nebraska became the first team in college football history to lose nine games by single digits in one season. The Huskers finished 1-8 in Big Ten play even though they scored exactly the same number of points they gave up — 239.