Underdog Nebraska overcomes odds to defeat Iowa
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska football overcame the odds to defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes 24-17, ending the season on a positive note.
Their win not only broke a seven-game losing streak but set a new single-season receiving yardage record for the school.
Nebraska and Iowa competed once again for the coveted Heroes Trophy, a tradition between the rivals since 2011.
This is the first time Nebraska has won the trophy since 2014.
In the first quarter, the Huskers got on the board early with a touchdown to Trey Palmer to give them an early 7-0 lead.
Timmy Bleekrode pushed the Huskers further ahead when he scored a 21-yard field goal with just 3:24 left on the clock.
In the second quarter, Casey Thompson threw an 87-yard pass to Palmer for a touchdown.
With 138 receiving yards in the first half, Palmer increased his season yardage total to 1,016, setting a new Nebraska single-season receiving yardage record.
Bleekrode followed up with a field goal to give the Huskers a 17-0 lead over the Hawkeyes.
Early in the third quarter, Marcus Washington made a touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Thompson. Bleekrode’s fourth field goal of the season was good leaving the m with a 24-0 lead.
Minutes later, the Hawkeyes’ Kaleb Johnson rushed their first touchdown of the game. Drew Stevens followed up with a field goal.
Iowa made another touchdown by Luke Lachey with 6:49 left in the fourth quarter. Stevens’ field goal was also good leaving them 10 points behind Nebraska at 24-14.
With 5:41 left in the fourth quarter, Stevens kicked another 45-yard field goal to bring the score to 24-17 with Nebraska still in the lead.
The loss ends Iowa’s four-game winning streak, potentially messing up their chance at a spot in the Big Ten Championship.
They will need Purdue and Illinois to lose their final games as well to still have a shot to make it to the championship game.
The Hawkeyes have a strong defense but they also have one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the Big Ten.
As of Wednesday, the Huskers are 10.5 point underdogs, according to ESPN’s PickCenter.
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