Iowa comes back to beat Nebraska in season finale

Nebraska football led the entire game up until the fourth quarter when Iowa took the lead with three minutes remaining to beat the Huskers in their season finale. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska football led the entire game up until the fourth quarter when Iowa took the lead with three minutes remaining to beat the Huskers in their season finale.

An efficient first half for the Huskers was led by quarterback Logan Smothers, who earned his first career start. Nebraska’s opening drive consisted of 12 plays for 75 yards in just under six minutes. Smother’s capped off the drive with a three-yard run to the end zone.

The defense didn’t give up a single point in the first quarter as the offense struck again in the second quarter with Jaquez Yant scoring his first career touchdown. The Huskers led 14-6 at halftime.

The second half started off right as the Blackshirts. Luke Reimer forced a Hawkeye fumble and Deontre Thomas recovered it. Nebraska was able to capitalize on the drive as Smothers connected with Omar Manning 40-yards out for a first down. Smothers ended the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, extending the Huskers lead, 21-6.

Iowa remained consistent from field goal range as Caleb Shudak hit his third 3-pointer of the game to get the Hawkeyes within 12.

The start of the fourth quarter is when Nebraska would begin the fall apart. After an unsuccessful drive, William Przystup’s punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Kyle Fisher for Iowa’s first touchdown of the game.

The Hawkeyes now only trailing by five, Smothers fumbles Nebraska’s next possession. The Blackshirts would force the Hawkeyes to punt, but the Hawkeyes defense kept the Husker’s possessions short.

Pressured in the pocket, Smothers was called for intentional grounding in Iowa’s end zone resulting in a safety for the Hawkeyes. Iowa would tie the game with a field goal their next possession.

With just under three minutes in the game, Iowa took their first lead scoring a touchdown off a two-yard run from Spencer Petras. They led 28-21.

Nebraska’s last effort was stopped as Smothers’ pass was intercepted. Iowa’s comeback was successful as they beat the Huskers 28-21 in Nebraska’s season finale.

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