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#FlashbackFriday: Nebraska

Bring on the Bugeaters

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Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone. Now that you’re a couple pant sizes larger, time to sit back on the couch and watch some Hawkeye football (and basketball) on this Black Friday. The Hawkeyes have a chance to end this season on a three-game win streak, which seemed all but impossible after the Penn State debacle. As the final Flashback of the regular season, it’s only fitting that we go back to happy times. Last year’s Heroes Game was frustrating at times, but Jordan Canzeri and the Hawkeye defense did just enough to bail out an offense that was struggling most of the day in the frigid cold (I was was damn cold).

Despite the Hawkeyes being out gained by more than 150 yards, Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong was arguably the best player for the Hawks. He threw four interceptions, which included a Parker Hesse pick 6. For the Hawkeyes, it capped the first 12-0 season in school history. For Nebraska, it was a fitting end to a very underwhelming season where they finished the regular season 5-7.

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How did Nebraska’s season go?

It was a hilariously frustrating season for our neighbors to the west. Nebraska went 5-7 in the regular season and 6 of those losses were by one possession. The one that wasn't? Purdue (Lol). Amazingly, Nebraska was still invited to a bowl against UCLA, which they won. The talent was there but they had difficulty closing out games under first year coach Mike Riley. They seemed to have rebounded nicely this season, but have come up short against the stronger teams on their schedule.

Who played well for the Huskers?

Despite only rushing for 55 yards, Imani Cross had 2 rushing TD’s. Nebraska’s receivers did a fairly admirable job, despite Armstrong’s struggles. Cethan Carter and Brandon Reilly combined for 7 catches and 126 yards.

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Who played well for the Hawkeyes?

If this reads like I copied it from last week’s Illinois Flashback, it should. Jordan Canzeri rolled off two consecutive long TD runs in the second half that really killed Nebraska’s momentum. Canzeri went for 140 yards with those two TD’s. Something else worth mentioning is that in addition to Canzeri’s field day, CJ Beathard was not sacked once. The offensive line did well holding up their end of the deal by keeping CJ upright and opening up lanes for Canzeri.

NCAA Football: Iowa at Nebraska Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Who is returning that gave the Hawks trouble last time?

So despite Turnover Tommy throwing 4 picks, he still threw for nearly 300 yards and rushed for another 46. He has terrific talent but sometimes his decision-making pales in comparison to his physical tools. The two receivers mentioned above return and Jordan Westerkamp has received all kinds of B1G accolades and eclipsed over 2,000 receiving yards for his career. Iowa’s DB’s will have their hands full.


Bonus Highlights:

On a side note, leaving Memorial Stadium chanting “12-0! 12-0!” was one of the coolest things ever. Let’s see the seniors leave Kinnick Stadium with one more W.