After a Thanksgiving filled with family and general friendliness, Nebraska and Iowa fans made their way to Lincoln for the first game of a conference series that many hope will prove to be a heated Big Ten rivalry. With Husker seniors playing their final home game and after last week’s loss to Michigan, the stakes were high.
Nebraska, and especially Rex Burkhead, certainly delivered, and with a 20-7 score over Iowa, the Huskers finished the regular season with a 9-3 record.
NU’s Rex Burkhead leaps over Iowa defenders in the third quarter. He finished the drive by scoring on a two-yard run. The Iowa defenders, from left, are Omaha native Shaun Prater, Tanner Miller and Jordan Bernstine. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD
NU’s Kyler Reed, left, celebrates his touchdown with Tim Marlowe in the second quarter. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska’s Kenny Bell greets fans after the Huskers’ 20-7 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD
And now we await word on the bowl game. I hear sunny Florida might be in Nebraska fans’ future.
Kyle Benecke reported with videos from the trip to Memorial Stadium. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view postgame press conferences from Bo Pelini, Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead and Austin Cassidy. Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard also spoke.
Tom Cavanaugh, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, high-fives Herbie Husker with Lewie Curtis, of Underwood, Iowa, at right, before Nebraska’s game against Iowa. The two said Nebraska fans had been very friendly, with the exception of a couple of fans who, teasing, said they were going to shave Cavanaugh’s and Curtis’ “yellow hair.” ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD