The Live Thread: Iowa vs. Nebraska

John Bohnenkamp

Good morning from Lincoln. It's Iowa vs. Nebraska in the final game of the regular season.

Game facts

Time and place — 1:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

TV — BTN (Kevin Kugler, play-by-play; Matt Millen, analyst; Lisa Byington, reporter)

Radio — Hawkeye Radio Network.

Records — Iowa 8-3 (5-3 Big Ten), Nebraska 5-6 (3-5)

AP poll — Iowa is 19th.

Coaches poll — Iowa is 20th

CFP rankings — Iowa is 17th

Series — Nebraska leads, 29-17-3. Iowa has won the last four and five of the last six. Hawkeyes lead, 5-3, since Nebraska joined the Big Ten.

The lines

Spread — Iowa -4 1/2

Over/under — 44

Moneyline — Iowa -213, Nebraska +170

The weather

Game time forecast — Rain, 40 degrees

Game day forecast — Periods of rain, high of 43

The scouts

Bowl — Citrus

NFL — Giants, Vikings, Colts

Pre-game

85:00 — Temperature now is at 34.6 degrees, according to the scoreboard, with a feels-like temperature of 26.4 degrees.

50:00 — Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith is out on the field in uniform. He hasn't played since the Purdue game.

40:00 — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and Nebraska's Scott Frost meet at midfield. It was last season, after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Huskers, that Iowa kicker Miguel Recinos called Frost, "Ol' Frost" in the post-game.

25:00 — Nebraska's Senior Day ceremonies have begun.

23:00 — Per Iowa radio, Smith is "very doubtful" for today's game. Looked like he pulled up limping running a route during warmups.

19:40 — Nebraska band is on the field.

14:00 — It is starting to rain here at Memorial Stadium. Temperature is 35.2 degrees.

3:00 — Game-time weather: Overcast, 37 degrees, wind out of the southwest at 8 mph.

Coin toss — Hawkeyes win the toss, will receive.

First quarter

13:33 — Hawkeyes get a first down on the first play, but two Nate Stanley incompletions, one on a drop by Tyrone Tracy, ended the possession.

11:39 — A three-and-out for the Huskers. Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez looked to have running room on third down, but Brady Reiff hauled him down after a 1-yard gain.

11:04 — Hawkeyes strike first. Tyler Goodson runs 11 yards to the right side. On the next play, Goodson ran right and pitched it to Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who ran 45 yards on the reverse, with Stanley running escort, for the touchdown. Iowa 7, Nebraska 0.

9:21 — The Huskers get into Iowa territory after a late-hit penalty on Reiff. But three pass incompletions, including one where wide receiver J.D. Spielman overthrew Martinez down the left side, doomed the possession. The fourth-down punt was downed at the Iowa 4.

7:02 — Hawkeyes go three-and-out. Goodson and Toren Young get nothing on their first two runs. Sleep-Dalton's punt, though, is downed at the Iowa 37.

4:03 — Nebraska gets its first points of the day. Martinez threw a 20-yard pass to Kade Warner on third-and-16 from the Iowa 43, but the drive stalled. Matt Waldoch's 41-yard field goal was good. Iowa 7, Nebraska 3.

3:08 — Hawkeyes are all about the big plays. This time it's a Goodson 55-yard TD run. Iowa 14, Nebraska 3.

2:06 — Huskers with a quick three-and-out. Iowa has 142 yards of offense, compared to 44 for Nebraska.

By the numbers

• Iowa has 191 yards of offense, compared to 44 for the Huskers.

• Nebraska has 21 rushing yards. Iowa has 152.

• Goodson has six carries for 98 yards.

Second quarter

11:37 — Three bad plays deep in Nebraska territory cost the Hawkeyes 12 yards. Keith Duncan kicked a 49-yard field goal to salvage the possession. Iowa 17, Nebraska 3.

9:41 — Three and out for Nebraska. Martinez had three runs for five yards, and the Huskers had to punt.

8:54 — The first turnover of the day results in points. Nebraska's Cam Taylor-Britt gets the tipped Stanley pass and returns it 38 yards for the touchdown. Iowa 17, Nebraska 10.

8:41 — Well, that was quick. Ihmir Smith-Marsette runs away for a 95-yard kickoff return for a score. Iowa 24, Nebraska 10.

5:06 — Huskers get into Iowa territory, but an 8-yard loss on first down proved costly. The punt went out at the Iowa 8-yard line.

3:04 — Iowa gets a first-down as Goodson gets to 100 yards rushing for the day. But two Stanley incompletions ends the drive.

:41 — Nebraska was driving again when Iowa's Jack Koerner stepped in front of a Martinez pass for an interception.

By the numbers

• Iowa has 163 rushing yards, but only 39 passing yards.

• Goodson has 10 carries for 109 yards.

• Iowa is averaging 6.5 yards per play, compared to 3.2 for Nebraska.

Third quarter

11:01 — Huskers open the second half by getting two first downs, but are forced to punt. But Barrington Wade was called for running into the punter, giving Nebraska a first down.

Given new life, Nebraska went nowhere. A.J. Epenesa's sack of Martinez ended the drive.

10:00 — Hawkeyes go three-and-out. Goodson is stopped for a loss of a yard, then Stanley had two incompletions. Stanley is 5-of-14 for 39 yards.

8:24 — The Huskers aren't going away. Luke McCaffrey with a 39-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Spielman. Iowa 24, Nebraska 17.

6:26 — Hawkeyes lose control of their emotions. Smith-Marsette called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with the Hawkeyes facing what would have been a third-and-2. Sleep-Dalton's punt puts the ball at the Nebraska 40.

0:32 — It's tied. Nebraska goes on a 13-play, 60-yard TD drive, capped by Wyatt Mazour's 9-yard run. Iowa's defense has been on the field way too long in this quarter. Iowa 24, Nebraska 24.

Fourth quarter

14:26 — Stanley throws an 8-yard pass to Tracy on third-and-9. Sleep-Dalton's punt rolls to the Nebraska 9.

12:36 — Hawkeyes get a three-and-out, then a poor punt puts the ball on Nebraska's 45-yard line.

11:00 — Hawkeyes do nothing with the field position, going three-and-out. Stanley comes up limping after a third-down run. Sleep-Dalton's punt is fielded at the Nebraska 2.

9:10 — Huskers go three-and-out after a Martinez pass to Dedrick Mills is one yard short. Hawkeyes get the ball at their own 47. Stanley is back out on the field.

4:32 — The Hawkeyes get to the Nebraska 33, but are stopped on third down. On fourth-and-6, Stanley tried a short punt, but it rolled into the end zone.

3:14 — A three-and-out for the Huskers. Epenesa's sack of Martinez ended the possession. Iowa starts at its own 37.

2:32 — Mekhi Sargent had a 30-yard run, and then fumbled on the next play. Huskers recover at their own 31.

:32 — The turnover doesn't hurt. Huskers get one first down, then have to punt. Iowa gets the ball at its own 27 with no timeouts left.

:01 — Keith Duncan with the field goal, and then the point and finger-wag to the Nebraska bench. Iowa 27, Nebraska 24. 

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