LINCOLN,Nebraska (KTIV) – The Heroes trophy will stay in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes defeated Nebraska 27-24. It’s the fifth straight win for Iowa over Nebraska.
Iowa got out to a strong start. Ihmir Smith-Marsetter took a reverse 45 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Iowa a 7-0 lead. Tyler Goodson broke loose on a 55 yard touchdown run later in the quarter to make it a 14-3 Hawkeye advantage.
Nebraska’s defense made a play in the second quarter when Cam Taylor-Britt intercepted Nate Stanley and took it 38 yards for a pick six. That cut the Iowa lead to 17-10.
However, on the ensuing kickoff, Smith-Marsette went untouched, 95 yards, to the house. Iowa led 24-10 at halftime.
It was all Huskers in the third quarter. JD Spielman got behind the defense and caught a 39 yard touchdown pass from Luke McCaffrey. Then Wyatt Mazour ran one in from nine yards out and suddenly the game was tied at 24.
The score stayed the same until the final seconds when Keith Duncan hit a 48 yard field goal to give Iowa the 27-24 victory.
“We were going for it,” said senior Nate Stanley. “That’s kind of been the attitude of the coaches and the team.. I think this year, be a little more aggresive. We were trying to go for the win.”
“Every field goal I’m hungry for,” said junior Keith Duncan. “Especially a situation like that. Tough conditions, 48 yarder. That’s what you live for. That’s why you wanna become a kicker.”
“I’ve had too many of those conversations with with these guys,” said Nebraska head coach Scott Frost. “I just told the seniors that I love them and appreciate them. They’ve been through a lot. They’ve been through a lot for four years, they’ve been through a lot this year. I’m grateful to them and we’re going to miss a lot of those guys.”