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College Football: Iowa crushes Nebraska, 27-24

This news story was published on November 30, 2019.
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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Iowa (9‐3, 6‐3) defeated Nebraska (5‐7, 3‐6), 27‐24, on Friday at Memorial Stadium to retain the Hy‐Vee Heroes Trophy and ruin Nebraska’s hopes of a bowl game.

Nebraska finishes the season at 5-7 and will not go bowling.  Iowa, with 9 wins, will likely receive a New Year’s Day bowl.

Kirk Ferentz has 97 Big Ten Conference wins, passing Hayden Fry (96) for fourth all‐time in conference history.

Kirk Ferentz has 161 wins as a member of the Big Ten Conference, fifth all‐time and one win from tying Joe Paterno (162) for fourth all‐time.

K Keith Duncan connected on a 48‐yard field goal with one second remaining to break a 24‐24 tie and give Iowa a 27‐24 win. It was Duncan’s second of two field goals made today (49, 48). He has 29 made field goals this season, a single‐ season school record, a Big Ten record, and tied for the sixth most in NCAA single‐season history.
Duncan is 29‐34 on field attempts this season, and 14‐18 on field goal tries of 40‐yards. Duncan has 38 career made field goals, sixth all‐time in school history.

K Keith Duncan’s game‐winning field goal was the third fourth‐quarter winning field goal of his career. He kicked a 33‐ yard field goal as time expired to defeat Michigan in 2016, and made a 39‐yard field goal with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter to defeat Iowa State, 18‐17, in 2019.

DE A.J. Epenesa set career highs in tackles (14) and tackles‐for‐loss (4.5‐22 yards). He added two sacks (12 yards).

FS Jack Koerner (11) and LB Kristian Welch (10) had double‐digit tackle games.

Koerner recorded his first career interception (20 yard return) to thwart Nebraska’s final drive of the first half. Welch has 33 tackles in his last three games.

QB Nate Stanley passed for 99 yards today, raising his career total to 8,089. He is the third player in program history to pass for 8,000 or more yards (Chuck Long 10,461; Drew Tate 8,292).

WR Ihmir Smith‐Marsette’s 45‐yard touchdown rush in the first quarter was a career‐long. The rush put Smith‐Marsette over 2,500 career all‐purpose yards. He is the 20th player in program history to reach that total. Smith‐Marsette has 2,631 all‐purpose yards, 20th all‐time.

WR Ihmir Smith‐Marsette’s 95‐yard kickoff return for a touchdown ties for the ninth longest in school history. It is the first kickoff returned for a touchdown by the Hawkeyes since Jordan Cotton returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown against Penn State in 2012.

WR Smith‐Marsette has scored a touchdown by reception (4), rush (2), and kickoff return (1) this season.

RB Tyler Goodson rushed 13 times for a career‐high 116 yards and a touchdown. It is his first career 100‐yard game. His 55‐yard touchdown rush in the first quarter was the longest of his career and the longest rushing touchdown by Iowa this season, and the longest by a Hawkeye since Akrum Wadley in 2016 (75 yards vs. Nebraska).

RB Tyler Goodson is Iowa’s leading rusher this season (590 yards). No true freshman has ever led the team in single‐ season rushing yards. The last redshirt freshman to lead Iowa in single‐season rushing yards was Ladell Betts in 1998 (679 yards).

Prior to Smith‐Marsette (45) and Goodson’s (55) first quarter touchdown rushes, the Hawkeyes’ longest rushing touchdown of the season was 14 yards.

Iowa had 152 rushing yards in the first quarter alone, it highest single‐game total since Sept. 28 against Middle Tennessee State (351). Iowa finished with 225 yards rushing, its second high total of the season.

Iowa had 191 yards in the first quarter, 18 combined in the second and third quarter, and 115 in the fourth quarter. The Hawkeye defense held Nebraska to 39 yards in the fourth quarter. Nebraska was held below 30 points for just the second time this year.

Iowa has recorded its eighth nine‐win season since 1999.

The Hawkeyes are 3‐1 in three trophy games this season. Iowa defended the Cy‐Hawk Trophy against Iowa State and the Floyd of Rosedale trophy against #8 Minnesota. The Hawkeyes fell to #16 Wisconsin in a battle for the Heartland Trophy.

The Hawkeyes have won five straight against Nebraska, including the last four meetings in Lincoln (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). Iowa’s 38‐17 win in 2013 was its first win at Nebraska since 1943.

The Hawkeyes are 16‐4 in their last 20 rivalry trophy games (Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin), with all four losses coming to Wisconsin.

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One Response to College Football: Iowa crushes Nebraska, 27-24

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    “Crushes” is not a verb I would have used. Maybe they crushed Nebraska’s bowl hopes.