A 41-yard field goal from Iowa kicker Miguel Recinos gave the Hawkeyes its fourth-straight win over Nebraska with 31-28 victory Friday afternoon in Iowa City.
A fourth-and-eight conversion from Iowa kept the Hawkeyes final drive alive and head coach Kirk Ferentz said it was one of the most crucial plays of the game.
“It matched up. Like everything else, it’s down to execution,” Ferentz said. “Our players did a great job blocking the blitz. T.J. got open, Nate gave him a great ball. That was it.”
Iowa senior offensive lineman Keegan Render echoed his coaches praises.
“It’s a credit to Brian just trusting us and trusting Nate and T.J. to get open on that play. Obviously, we knew they were going to bring the house and they brought the blitz. It was just a good overall offensive effort on that play.”
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said the play calling from Iowa stalled Nebraska’s coaching strategy.
“Their whole game plan was not obviously try to keep the ball away from our offense,” Frost said. “Those games drive me crazy as the play caller, because your standing on the sideline for what seems like hours a time, but it isn’t, but it feels like hours a time before you get to call the next play, they did a great job managing the play clock from that standpoint.”
Frost also added he’s very proud of his team for not giving up.
“Disappointed, but very prideful, I got some fighters in there, we need fighters, we’ve been missing a little bit of that and that team is getting a point that they expect to win, hate to lose and our going to fight to the end no matter what,” Frost said.
The Huskers finish the season with a 4-8 record, while the Hawkeyes wrap up the regular season with a 8-4 record and will now wait for their bowl game assignment.