Nebraska vs. Iowa: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Final score, Nebraska 13 Iowa 7
It may not have been pretty, but the No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers managed to hold off the inspired Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium to clinch their first Big Ten Conference Legends Division title and finish the regular season with a 10-2 record.
The Cornhuskers trailed 7-3 at halftime before injured running back Rex Burkhead entered the game and rushed for 69 yards and Nebraska's only touchdown of the game.
Iowa's defense limited the Cornhuskers to 258 total yards, unfortunately the Hawkeyes did not make enough plays on offense to win the game.
Nebraska picked off James Vandenberg twice in the second half and held the Hawkeyes to a mere 200 yards of offense.
Bo Pelini's team will head to Indianapolis next Saturday to face the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Be sure to check out the 10 things we learned from Nebraska's victory over the Hawkeyes!
Final stats courtesy of ESPN.com.
Final scoring summary courtesy of ESPN.com.
On the other hand, Nebraska won its fifth straight game when trailing at halftime and definitely deserve to be playing in next week's Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Rex Burkhead came up big in the second half for Nebraska and rushed for 69 yards, which ignited the Cornhuskers' struggling offense.
The win was ugly, but considering the circumstances, Nebraska took care of business and still leave Iowa City as the Legends Division champions.
A dismal season finally comes to an end for Iowa. This will be a long offseason for the Hawkeyes, who may decide Kirk Ferentz's reign in Iowa City is over and there has to be some talks about letting go of offensive coordinator Greg Davis.
I couldn't agree more Adam. I couldn't agree more.
It is unfathomable that there might be a worse offensive coordinator in college football than Greg Davis.— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) November 23, 2012
First down Nebraska. Ball game.
I still can't believe the play-calling by Iowa at the end of this game.
Three straight running plays on one possession and then they followed that up with a two-yard pass play that resulted in an interception after letting precious seconds tick away on their final drive.
Barring a miracle, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be the 2012 Big Ten Conference Legends Division champions.
Nebraska will head to Indianapolis to face the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten title game.
Whaley's pick more than likely seals this victory for Nebraska.
Weisman picks up a big first down, but time is quickly ticking away for Iowa.
This game is going to come down to Nebraska's defense, which is great if you're a fan of the Cornhuskers.
Iowa takes over inside its own 30-yard lne. The Hawkeyes haven't been on a drive longer than 24 yards since their opening possession.
This might be the play of the game for Iowa's defense.
Need to get the ball back with enough time for the Hawkeyes' offense to attempt a game-winning drive.
Double dose of illegality there by Nebraska's offensive line.
Fifteen yard penalty pushes the Cornhuskers back near their own 30-yard line.
Nebraska will keep this ball on the ground until Iowa stops them.
All the Cornhuskers need to do is burn off enough clock and make Iowa go on a long drive to win the game.
I'm fairly certain Adam Jacobi's profile pic sums up my expression after Iowa's play-calling on that last possession:
Then punted from midfield RT @pranavtadikonda: This is going to shock you but Iowa ran a dive play on 3rd-and-4 with the game on the line— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) November 23, 2012
I'm not the only one that disliked that sequence either:
That freaking call right there is horrible.3rd and 4 with wind and zone read give to Weisman?— Jon Miller (@HawkeyeNation) November 23, 2012
Horrendous play calling again by the Hawkeyes. Three straight running plays.
Are they even trying to win this game?
Iowa has only converted two third downs in its last 12 attempts.
Big third and four coming up here.
Burkhead wound up being fine for Nebraska after going to the sidelines:
Just adjusting left knee brace, Rex back in game— Sports Nightly (@SportsNightlyNE) November 23, 2012
I'd look for a run on first down to try and set up a second down and medium, but the Hawkeyes have to put this game in the hands of JVB with the wind at their backs.
Martinez has his fullback for a first down, but Janovich drops the pass.
Iowa's defense continues to give its offense a chance to take the lead, but Nebraska has completely shut down the Hawkeyes' rushing attack.
Big third down coming up. Iowa needs a stop.
Less than 10 minutes left in the game and Iowa's offense hasn't done anything since their opening drive.
Rex Burkhead continues to show off his strength with back-to-back power runs for gains of 10 and eight yards.
Burkhead then goes to the sidelines holding his knee.
If Iowa can force a three-and-out, Nebraska will give the ball back to the Hawkeyes with excellent field position.
Iowa comes up with a big play on special teams.
The punt rolls all the way inside Nebraska's one-yard line. Expect the Hawkeyes to load up the box and bring pressure to try and force a safety.
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