NCAAF Game Recap - Iowa at Nebraska
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:30 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Iowa 27, Nebraska 24

Nov 29, 2019, 2:30 PM EST

Final

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(19) Iowa (9-3)

14

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27

Nebraska (5-7)

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7

14

0

24

Duncan’s late FG lifts No. 19 Iowa past Cornhuskers 27-24
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:29 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) It was cold and damp, Iowa had the ball at its 26 with 32 seconds left in regulation in a tie game, and the Hawkeyes’ offense hadn’t done much since the first quarter.

Instead of being content to play for overtime against border rival Nebraska, coach Kirk Ferentz went for the win Friday.

The Hawkeyes got it when Keith Duncan kicked a 48-yard field goal with one second left, giving No. 19 Iowa a 27-24 victory over Nebraska that leaves the Cornhuskers out of the postseason for a third consecutive season.

“We thought we had a chance if we executed,” Ferentz said. ��There’s some risk and reward involved there. We thought the reward outweighed the risk. At least we came out the right side this time.”

The Hawkeyes (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) beat the Huskers (5-7, 3-6) for a fifth straight year and second year in a row on a late field goal.

Duncan, who walked on to Iowa in 2016, had more to celebrate than just helping the Hawkeyes hold onto the Heroes Game trophy for at least another year. Ferentz announced after the game that he was giving Duncan a scholarship.

“The culmination of all these four years of hard work,” said Duncan, who also kicked a 49-yarder against the Huskers and now owns the Big Ten single-season record with 29. “These 12 weeks have been really hard for us, just working 100%. There’s been some setbacks, but we finished here. Team goals will lead to individual goals, and that’s where we are today.”

Iowa, which had its 14-point lead wiped out in the third quarter, got the ball back after forcing a Nebraska punt in the final minute. Nate Stanley had a long pass to Nico Ragaini overturned to incomplete on video review, but then completed a pair of 22-yard passes to Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Sam LaPorta to bring on the reliable Duncan.

The Huskers called two timeouts before Duncan drilled the winner down the middle and with plenty of distance.

“Every field goal I’m hungry for, especially in a situation like that with tough conditions,” Duncan said. “That’s why you become a kicker. You’ve got to be hungry and not scared.”

After the ball went through, holder Colten Rastetter and Duncan ran toward the Nebraska sideline. Rastetter pointed at the Huskers while Duncan blew kisses at them.

“Nebraska fans came for some entertainment, and that’s what it was, entertainment,” Duncan said. “Just having fun with it.”

Nebraska, down 24-10 at half, tied it with back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter. Luke McCaffrey entered the game for a play in place of quarterback Adrian Martinez, rolled to his left and hit JD Spielman with a perfect 39-yard TD pass. The Huskers ran on 12 of 13 plays while covering 60 yards on their next drive, converting a fourth-and-6 before Wyatt Mazour ran in from 9 yards.

Smith-Marsette scored on a 45-yard on a reverse run and ran back a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and Tyler Goodson broke a 55-yard TD run as Iowa got out to its lead in the first half.

Iowa had 18 plays for 191 yards in the first quarter but just 131 yards on 38 plays for the remainder of the game. Iowa gained 11 yards in the second quarter and 7 in the third.

Stanley completed 11 of 24 passes for 99 yards, his lowest total since throwing for 86 against Maryland last year. Tyler Goodson ran 13 times for a season-high 116 yards.

The Huskers are in their longest bowl drought since 1955-61, but coach Scott Frost is encouraged by the progress the second half of the season.

“There’s a lot of things that needed to get fixed, and I think a lot of those have been addressed,” Frost said. “I think when you plant a seed, you don’t necessarily see sprouts right away. There’s a lot going on underneath the ground before you see things shooting out of it. I know a lot of things have gotten better.”

EPENESA’s BIG DAY

Preseason All-America defensive end A.J. Epenesa set career highs with 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

“You always love to win this game,” Epenesa said. “They joined the Big Ten not too long ago but it’s turned into a pretty hard-headed rivalry between the two of us. If it’s between whose corn is better, which team you like more or what state you’re from, there’s a lot of pride on both sides of this. When you can come out and win it, especially in other people’s stadium, it adds a little extra to it.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: This was a hard-fought win for the Hawkeyes and one they’ll savor because it came against their border rival. Except for the big-play touchdowns, their offense continued to be middling.

Nebraska: The Huskers dropped to 0-6 against Top 25 opponents over two seasons under Frost.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa will stay in the Top 25 thanks to Duncan’s late field goal.

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Passing

Iowa Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Stanley 24 11 45.8 0 99 22 1 40.1
Neb Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Spielman 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
A. Martinez 18 10 55.6 0 50 20 1 37.7

Rushing

Iowa Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Goodson 13 116 8.9 55 1
M. Sargent 8 55 6.9 30 0
Neb Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Mills 24 94 3.9 14 0
A. Martinez 21 44 2.1 8 0

Receiving

Iowa Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. LaPorta 3 37 12.3 22 0
I. Smith-Marsette 1 22 22.0 22 0
Neb Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Spielman 3 34 11.3 39 1
D. Mills 4 34 8.5 16 0

Fumbles

Iowa F FL
M. Sargent 1 1
Neb F FL
J. Spielman 1 1

Returning

Iowa KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Smith-Marsette 2 49.5 1 95 0 - 0 0
D. Young 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
Neb KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Spielman 1 -3.0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0
C. Taylor-Britt 1 15.0 0 15 0 - 0 0

Punting

Iowa Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Sleep-Dalton 7 284 40.6 50
Neb Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Armstrong 10 388 38.8 50

Takeaways

Iowa Int Yds InTD
J. Koerner 1 20 0
Neb Int Yds InTD
C. Taylor-Britt 1 38 1

Team Stats Comparison

Iowa Neb
Points For 27 24
Total Yards 324 284
Rushing Yards 225 184
Passing Yards 99 100
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/25 12/23
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 13 18
Penalties - Yards 6/49 3/25
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/13 8/21
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 8/40 10/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Iowa Neb
Iowa 3:56 TD Ihmir Smith-Marsette 45 yd run (Keith Duncan kick) 7 0
Neb 10:57 FG Matt Waldoch 41 yd FG 7 3
Iowa 11:52 TD Tyler Goodson 55 yd run (Keith Duncan kick) 14 3
2nd Quarter Iowa Neb
Iowa 3:23 FG Keith Duncan 49 yd FG 17 3
Neb 6:06 TD Cam Taylor-Britt 38 yd interception return (Matt Waldoch kick) 17 10
Iowa 6:19 TD Ihmir Smith-Marsette 95 yd kick return (Keith Duncan kick) 24 10
3rd Quarter Iowa Neb
Neb 6:36 TD JD Spielman 39 yd pass from Luke McCaffrey (Matt Waldoch kick) 24 17
Neb 14:28 TD Wyatt Mazour 9 yd run (Matt Waldoch kick) 24 24
4th Quarter Iowa Neb
Iowa 14:59 FG Keith Duncan 48 yd FG 27 24

Game Information

Stadium: Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Attendance: 89,039
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