Nebraska football's report card against the Iowa Hawkeyes

The Huskers took on the Hawkeyes on Black Friday in the final game of the regular season.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers fell just short of getting a big upset win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night. After being down 28-13 in the second half, they came all the way back to tie the score at 28 all late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, a final drive by the Hawkeyes allowed them to hit a field goal as time expired to win 31-28. As usual, there were some performances that contributed to the loss and some that contributed to the near-win.


Quarterbacks (A)

Adrian Martinez had one of his best games of the year in his final game of the year. He completed 26-of-38 passed for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 76 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. The only reason this wasn't an A+ is because he did have one pretty bad interception when he was attempting to find Stanley Morgan on a fade.


Running backs (B-)

Iowa's defense bottled up the Husker running attack for most of the game. The play calling also bottled up the running attack for most of the game. Devine Ozigbo had 50 yards on just 10 carries. Maurice Washington, who has looked unstoppable at times , had just nine yards on five carries. This grade is higher than you might expect because Washington demonstrated that he can hurt you multiple ways. Washington led the Huskers in receiving with seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.


Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (C)

It might seem a bit unfair to give this group such a low grade on a day when Stanley Morgan set a school record. While 1,000 yards in the season is impressive, the receiver corps in general wasn't great. The loss of JD Spielman was felt. As a group, they just weren't particular impressive. Not bad, but not all that great. If a player had stepped up in Spielman's shoes a bit more, it feels like the Huskers would have won this one.


Offensive line (D)

The offensive line had a rough game. They weren't really able to open up a ton of holes for the backs. Adrian Martinez led the team in rushing in large part because he had to scramble so much. Matt Farniok, in particular, had a rough game, allowing a couple of sacks and committing an unsportsmanlike penalty.


Defensive line (F)

Scott Frost said it after the game, the Huskers need to get stronger. The defensive line got pushed all over the field. They allowed massive holes for the 86th ranked offense to run through. They never really pressured Nate Stanley when Iowa passed the ball. It was a bad finish to the season for a unit that had an uneven year at best.


Linebackers (D-)

The defensive line was far from the only reason Iowa's offense had a much too easy a time on Friday. It's hard to underline just how mediocre the Iowa offense was, coming into yesterday. One way is to explain they were averaging less than 160 yards per game rushing. They ran for 266 against Nebraska. The problem was that once the Hawkeyes got past the defensive front, the linebackers weren't doing much to help.


Defensive backs (C)

The secondary didn't have a particularly awful day. On the flipside, they didn't really stand up or stand out. Nate Stanley didn't really need to throw for Iowa to win. Until their last drive, when he completed a pass on fourth and eight. Those are the kind of plays a good secondary finds a way to blanket. On the day they allowed 152 yards and two touchdowns and didn't force a turnover.

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