Iowa vs. Nebraska: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Cornhuskers

Chris StephensCorrespondent IINovember 29, 2013

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 29: Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine
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Final: Iowa 38, Nebraska 17

The Iowa Hawkeyes dominated the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Saturday's rivalry game.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseFD-
Rush OffenseFD+
Pass DefenseB-B-
Rush DefenseB-C+
Special TeamsD-D-
vs. Iowa

Final Analysis for Nebraska Cornhuskers

Pass Offense: Ron Kellogg III improved in the second half and finished with 199 yards passing. However, the offensive line rarely gave him time to throw the ball, as the Iowa defense was constantly in his face.

Rush Offense: Nebraska continued to struggle running the ball in the second half, although Ameer Abdullah finished with 85 yards and a touchdown. Penetration from Iowa's defense prevented Nebraska from mounting much of anything throughout the game.

Pass Defense: The Cornhuskers were solid in the secondary, only allowing 126 yards through the air. However, two touchdown passes were the result of mistakes by the offense, so it's hard to place blame on Nebraska's defense.

Rush Defense: Iowa totaled 156 yards on the ground on 45 rushes. Given the number of rushes, the Nebraska defensive line did good, holding Iowa to an average of 3.5 yards per rush. Mark Weisman led Iowa with 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Special Teams: Sam Foltz averaged 37.8 yards per punt, struggling to get off good punts throughout the game. Nebraska also had a fair catch inside the 5-yard line on a punt.

Coaching: Nebraska wasn't prepared to play this game, and it showed. Offensively, there was no identity, and it cost the Cornhuskers.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Ron Kellogg III #12 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws downfield over the Iowa Hawkeyes defense during their game at Memorial stadium on November 29, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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1st-Half Analysis for Nebraska Cornhuskers

Pass Offense: Ron Kellogg III struggled throughout the first half, throwing for only 92 yards. He threw two interceptions on Nebraska's first two drives, not allowing the Huskers to get into any kind of a rhythm in the first half.

Rush Offense: Nebraska is generally a team that runs the ball. However, they've not run as one might expect, rushing 14 times for 25 yards. Of course, Nebraska's poor field position has affected the offense as well.

Pass Defense: Jake Rudock has been held to 61 yards passing as the Nebraska secondary really hasn't been challenged. The only real mistake was on the 10-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz.

Rush Defense: Despite the offensive struggles, the Nebraska rush defense has been holding its own, allowing only 79 yards. The Huskers did struggle making the initial tackle late in the second quarter, allowing Iowa to get into the end zone.

Special Teams: The Huskers do have a 33-yard field goal from Pat Smith, but Sam Foltz has failed to get anything on his punts, averaging 36.7 yards on three punts.

Coaching: Offensively, the Cornhuskers have been hamstrung by the horrible field position they've been in. It's hard to get anything going when three drives start inside your 20-yard line.