Iowa 28
Nebraska 21

Nov. 26, 2021 • 12:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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First quarter
NEB: Smothers 2 run (Contreraz kick) 9:18
Second quarter
IOW: Shudak 51 field goal, 10:39 
NEB: Yant 1 run (Contreraz kick) 4:20
IOW: Shudak 48 field goal, 0:39 
Third quarter
NEB: Smothers 1 run (Contreraz kick) 5:54
IOW: Shudak 36 field goal, 0:27
Fourth quarter
IOW: Fisher 14 return of blocked punt (Shudak kick) 14:16
IOW: Safety, intentional grounding in end zone, 9:56
IOW: Shudak 44 field goal, 7:21
IOW: Petras 2 run (Shudak kick) 2:58

                      IOWA      NEB
First Downs ........... 19       18
  Rushing .............. 7        8
  Passing .............. 9        9
  Penalty .............. 3        1
Rushes-Net Yds .... 37-186   43-129
Passing Yds (Net) .... 178      198
  Comp-Att-Int ... 13-27-0  16-22-1
Total Offense ..... 64-364   65-327
Fumbles-Lost ......... 3-1      2-1
Penalized-Yds ....... 4-25     5-50
Punts-Avg ......... 2-44.0   4-30.5
Punt Returns-Yds .... 2-26      0-0
KO Returns-Yds ...... 1-25      0-0
Int. Returns-Yds ..... 1-0      0-0
Possession Times ... 31:53    28:07
3rd. Down Conv. ..... 7/14     6/14
4th. Down Conv. ...... 0/1      3/3
Red-Zone Scoring ..... 2/4      3/3

IOW: Goodson 12-156; Pottebaum 2-29; Williams 6-10; TEAM 1-minus-1; Johnson 1-minus-4; Padilla 2-minus-10.

NEB: Smothers 24-64; Yant 13-44; Belt 2-14; Scott 2-7; Manning 1-1; Toure 1-minus-1.

IOW: Petras 7-13-0 102; Padilla 6-14-0 30.

NEB: Smothers 16-22-1 198.

IOW: LaPorta 3-61; Jones 3-31; Lachey 1-27; Ragaini 1-24; Williams 2-16; Johnson 1-11; Bruce, 1-6; Goodson 1-2.

NEB: Toure 6-67; Allen 2-55; Manning 1-40; Belt 2-10; Falck 2-8; Betts 1-7; Vokolek 1-6; Yant 1-5.

Attendance: 86,541

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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.

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2021 schedule
05/01White 21, Red 20
08/28@ IllinoisL 22-30
09/04FordhamW 52-7
09/11BuffaloW 28-3
09/18@ OklahomaL 16-23
09/25@ Michigan St.L 20-23
10/02Northwestern*W 56-7
10/09MichiganL 29-32
10/16@ MinnesotaL 23-30
10/30PurdueL 23-28
11/06Ohio St.L 17-26
11/20@ WisconsinL 28-35
11/26IowaL 21-28
Garrett Nelson tackles Tyler Goodson in the fourth quarter.



It’s time for Frost to write himself out of his role as play caller. He failed badly in those duties as the Black Friday game came down the homestretch.

HuskerMax/All Huskers

Frost being able to admit that the game was over once the other team got a single game-changing play is telling.

All Huskers

In reality, this was the only way this game could’ve ended in 2021 — big, out-of-nowhere change, doubt creeps in, Nebraska loses

Hail Varsity

Let this be the final reminder of 2021 to Nebraska why special teams play matters.


They’ve got to overhaul special teams and it’s as big as the OC hire in many ways. It’s lost them how many games this year?


Smothers definitely changed the conversation about Nebraska's 2022 quarterback situation with his impressive debut.


Frost needs to hire four new assistants and an exorcist.

Omaha World-Herald

There’s a difficult bottom line for Frost and his staff to swallow: Nebraska is much better than its final record. More than anything, that’s a coaching issue.

Lincoln Journal Star

The Huskers (and their fans) can’t keep spinning these heart­breakers as honorable results. You play to win — and Big Red just lost more games than any season since 1957.

Omaha World-Herald

It’s an unceremonious way to go out for a senior class that experienced little success, and it’s another perplexing defeat in a season full of them.

Daily Nebraskan
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