LINCOLN NEBRASKA- The Huskers season could be over after a tough loss to the unbeaten Iowa Hawkeyes. Nebraska made key mistakes throughout the game that cost the team a shot at knocking off the Hawkeyes in front of the 90,000+ sellout home crowd in Lincoln.
The first Huskers mistakes came while the game was still scoreless late in the first quarter. An illegal hands to the face call erased a what would’ve been Iowa turnover after Iowa Quarterback C.J. Beathard fumbled. Later in that drive Nebraska’s defense had a chance to get off the field but a roughing the passer call extended the Iowa drive which would end in a touchdown.
Nebraska took advantage of a muffed punt to tie the game at seven. After a four yard Imani Cross touchdown run.
After a stop by the Husker defense Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw his second of four picks from inside the Nebraska five to Iowa’s Parker Hesse who would take the pick into the end zone making it a 14-7 Iowa advantage. Drew Brown would kick through a 42 yard field goal for the Huskers to make it 14-10 going into the half.
Iowa in the Third Quarter began to take over. A 29 yard Touchdown run by Iowa’s Jordan Canzeri gave the Hawkeyes a 21-10 lead.
The Huskers would respond however as the most solid Nebraska drive of the game was topped off by a second rushing touchdown by Imani Cross making it 21-17 Iowa.
Iowa wasted no time responding however scoring on the first play of there next drive as Canzeri broke free for a 68 yard score putting Iowa up 28-17.
Nebraska had there share of opportunities in the fourth quarter but a failure to convert on a 4th and 1, a fourth Tommy Armstrong pick, and a failure to find the end zone ended the Huskers chances at an upset as they fell by the final of 28-20.
With the loss Nebraska finished the regular season 5-7 there first losing season since 2004. The Huskers bowl hopes aren’t officially over. If not enough FBS team’s’ qualify for an automatic bowl bid the Huskers own the top APR (Academic Progress Rate) in the country so if not enough teams quality for an automatic bowl bid the Huskers will play in a bowl game. If not the Huskers season will end and the Huskers will look ahead to redeeming themselves in 2016.