Iowa beats Nebraska for the sixth year straight

The Hawkeyes claimed the Heroes Game trophy once again after a costly Husker fumble in the final minutes.
Cam Taylor Britt

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – After Iowa missed a field goal with three minutes left, the Huskers had a shot to claim their first victory against Iowa in the last five years.

But Adrian Martinez fumbled the ball with two minutes to go, and Iowa recovered to seal their sixth straight win against Nebraska.

The Huskers were in this game from the start as both Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey alternated playing the quarterback position. Martinez completed 18 of 20 pass attempts for 174 yards and recorded 28 yards on the ground with a touchdown. McCaffrey totaled 63 yards.

The Huskers started the second half strong with Rahmir Johnson running in a 12-yard touchdown to the 20-13. Bu the Hawkeyes responded quickly and added two field-goals in the fourth to finish off Nebraska.

The final score: Iowa 26, Nebraska 20.

Post game notes:

  • The six-point loss marked the sixth straight win for Iowa in the series. Nebraska now leads the all-time series 29-19-3, including a 10-9 edge in Iowa City. The last three Husker losses in the series have been decided by a total of 12 points.
  • Quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 18-of-20 passes for 174 yards, pushing his career passing total to 5,020 yards. He is the sixth Husker player to pass for 5,000 yards in a career and is one of three Nebraska players with 5,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards.
  • Martinez’s 90.0 percent completion rate broke his own single-game completion percentage record, for games with a minimum of 20 attempts. Martinez completed 25-of-29 passes (86.2 percent) against Minnesota in 2018.
  • Sophomore receiver/running back Wan’Dale Robinson accounted for 117 yards from scrimmage including 42 rushing yards on six carries, and nine receptions for 75 yards. It marked the second straight game Robinson has totaled more than 100 yards, with 120 last week against Illinois.
  • Robinson’s nine receptions were a career-high, surpassing his eight catches at Illinois last season.
  • Redshirt freshman running back Rahmir Johnson had a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter for his first rushing touchdown of the season and the second of his career.  Johnson had five carries for 23 yards in the game.
  • Tight end Austin Allen had two receptions for 28 yards. It marked his fifth straight game with at least 25 receiving yards. He is the first tight end to have five straight games with 25 or more receiving yards since Kyler Reed had six straight games with 25 yards or more in 2010.
  • The Nebraska defense limited Iowa to 129 rushing yards on 45 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per attempt.  Iowa rushed for just 35 yards on 17 carries in the first half. Iowa had averaged 244.2 yards rushing in the past five games against Nebraska, including 6.2 yards per carry.
  • Senior cornerback Dicaprio Bootle had a second-quarter interception, marking his first career interception.
  • Redshirt freshman linebacker Luke Reimer finished with a career-high 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops. That surpassed his previous career high of 10 tackles at Northwestern on Nov. 7.
  • Sophomore defensive lineman Casey Rogers recorded his first career sack on a nine-yard sack to end the first half. Rogers tied his career high with five tackles.
  • Place-kicker Connor Culp made field goals of 31 and 39 yards in the second quarter. It improved Culp to 9-of-10 on the season including six consecutive field goals made.
  • Players making their first Nebraska starts in today’s game included receivers Zavier Betts and Oliver Martin and tight end Travis Vokolek.

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