Number 17 in Iowa deals with mummies with another heartbreaking loss
Lincoln, Neb. Spencer Petras slid 2 yards down with 2:58 to give 17th-seeded Iowa their first lead, and the Hawkeyes came back from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat Nebraska 28-21 on Friday.
Iowa State won the Border Battle for the seventh year in a row, but not before Jeremy Harris intercepted Logan Smothers’ pass in Iowa 2 by 43 seconds to play.
The Hawkeyes (10-2, 7-2) survived the Big Ten West and now need Minnesota to beat Wisconsin on Saturday to go to next week’s Conference Championship game in Indianapolis.
The loss was another knockout for Nebraska (3-9, 1-8) in their worst season since 1957. The Cornhuskers, who had not gone to the pot for the fifth consecutive year, finished with a loss in six straight games and eight games. nine. Their nine losses were a total of 56 points.
Tyler Goodson ran 156 yards on 23 buggies to become the first Iowa Daredevil at 1,000 yards since Akram Wadley in 2017.
Smothers, on his first start in place of injured Adrian Martinez, threw for 199 yards and ran 24 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Iowa State used a blocked punt kick back for the touchdown, two field goals and a safety to eliminate a 21-6 deficit and tied it 21-21 with 7:21 left.
Nebraska looked ready for their impressive win when Godson fumbled the Huskers 6 and the Smothers, on his first start in place of injured Adrian Martinez, led them 94 yards in six plays for a double-digit advance.
But Iowa State, with the least productive Big Ten attack, was able to turn to its own defense and teams to pull that team down.
Iowa State slumped to 21-16 early in the fourth inning when Joe Evans blocked William Przestop’s kick and Keeler Fisher grabbed it and ran it 14 yards for the touchdown.
In the next Nebraska series, the Smothers fumbled and Iowa’s Logan Lee recovered in Hawkeyes ’46. He forced the Huskers to three and off, but Tory Taylor’s slingshot pinned him at 7. The choke, under pressure, threw despondently out of his end of the area and was called for intentional grounding, leading to safety.
Petras, who replaced Alex Padilla early in the second half, led hockey to Nebraska 26 in the ensuing series, and Caleb Chudak scored his fourth field goal from 44 yards to equalize.
Hockey’s family forced a penalty, and Goodson broke for 55 yards before Petras scored the go-ahead.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes, for all their offensive limitations, have overcome a two-tier deficit for the second time this season. The first was at home against Pennsylvania.
Nebraska: The Huskers were once again unable to house an opponent and finished the season with nine defeats for only the second time in the program’s history. Frost is now 0-13 against seeded opponents, and the Huskers have fallen 17 in a row against the top 25 since 2016.
Iowa: Big Ten championship match on December 4th if Minnesota beat Wisconsin on Saturday. Otherwise, it’s time to prepare for a bowl.
Nebraska plays Northwestern in Dublin, Ireland, on August 27.
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