Published Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:24 am
Quarter by quarter: Iowa 38, Nebraska 17

Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa break down the key plays in the Nebraska-Iowa game, one quarter at a time.

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First quarter

Vincent Valentine: NU's redshirt freshman defensive tackle swamps running back Damon Bullock for a 3-yard loss inside Husker territory. That sets up a third down in which Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock could run for a first down, but throws a pass low instead.

Ron Kellogg: On third-and-long, the NU quarterback throws directly to Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who picks up his first career interception.

Maliek Collins: The Husker true freshman defensive tackle makes a huge play on fourth down, stuffing Iowa running back Mark Weisman for no gain.

Kellogg: The double-out pass has been a bugaboo for Tommy Armstrong, and now it is for Kellogg, who tries to force a pass to tight end Jake Long and is instead intercepted by linebacker James Morris. Iowa is set up at NU's 25.

Rudock: Hits tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 10-yard touchdown. Iowa ends the first quarter with a 7-0 lead.

Second quarter

Quincy Enunwa: On another third-and-8, the NU receiver drops in traffic a well-thrown ball from Kellogg. Nebraska punts.

Connor Kornbrath: Iowa's punter gets the benefit of Nebraska's struggling punt return unit, booting a ball to the NU 1 when Husker receiver Jordan Westerkamp chooses not to field the punt.

Nebraska offense: Gains zero yards on a sneak and two long, incomplete passes. The Huskers punt to their own 39.

Valentine: The big man pushes his Iowa lineman right into Rudock. NU gets an 8-yard sack. Iowa has to punt.

Westerkamp: After letting another punt go, he fair-catches a punt at his own 3. Nebraska fans, tired of the nightmares on punt returns, boo. NU gains two yards in three plays and punts.

Weisman: Finishes off the drive with runs of 11 and 1 yards for a touchdown. Iowa leads 14-0.

Kellogg: Twice he steps up in the pocket to hit Long for 18 yards and running back Imani Cross for 14 yards, helping NU reach the Iowa 19.

Pat Smith: After the Huskers' drive stalls, the hero from last weekend's win over Penn State hits a 33-yard field goal. NU trails 14-3 at halftime.

Third quarter

Ameer Abdullah: The Nebraska running back converts a third-and-short with a 3-yard run, then blasts 5 yards into the end zone. The Huskers have cut Iowa's lead to 14-10.

Zaire Anderson: The NU linebacker is flagged for a questionable interference call on a pass from Rudock that appeared overthrown and uncatchable. Anderson did make contact before the pass reached its intended receiver.

Bo Pelini: The NU head coach picks up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for yelling at officials after the pass interference call. Pelini flung his hat around in anger, which may have been the source of the flag.

Kevonte Martin-Manley: The Iowa receiver drops a good pass from Rudock in the end zone. Iowa is forced to settle for a field goal.

Sam Foltz: After Nebraska's next drive fails to produce a first down, NU sets up in punt formation on fourth-and-3. The Husker punter — a former wide receiver — takes a run for it and is swamped for an 8-yard loss. Iowa had called time out before the fake and put its defense on the field.

Martin-Manley: Makes up for his earlier drop, catching a 24-yard touchdown pass from Rudock. The Hawkeyes lead 24-10.

Kellogg: Leads NU back into Iowa territory, hitting Enunwa for a 19-yard gain to the 18. After that, Iowa dials up three merciless blitzes, two of which result in sacks, one of which results in a ball thrown into the ground with Kellogg slumped on the field. The third quarter ends with Iowa leading 24-10.

Fourth quarter

Abdullah: He catches a swing pass in the flat and jukes around Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey. There's plenty of space. Abdullah gains 19 yards and puts NU in scoring position.

Enunwa: The fourth-down play begins with wild confusion. The Huskers nearly don't get the play off. But Enunwa turns a short gain into a 15-yard touchdown pass, trimming Iowa's lead to 24-17 with 11:25 left.

Hitchens and Kirksey: Hitchens is the first to hit Abdullah, standing him up just long enough for Kirksey to blast the NU I-back and force a fumble. Iowa recovers for its third forced turnover of the game.

Weisman: Just when you think he's going to lower his shoulder and power through the pile, the 236-pound junior bounces outside for the score. The Hawkeyes take a 31-17 lead with nine minutes left.

C.J. Beathard: Iowa's backup quarterback keeps the football on a bootleg, surprising everyone. The 4-yard touchdown adds to the Hawkeyes' lead. It's 38-17 with three minutes left.

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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini at the postgame press conference:

Video: NU's Jeremiah Sirles at the postgame press conference:

Video: NU's Kenny Bell at the postgame press conference:

Video: Husker seniors honored before the Nebraska-Iowa game:

Video: Sam McKewon's postgame analysis:



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