Palmer Leads Huskers to Win Over Hawkeyes
Trey Palmer's 165 receiving yards and two touchdowns paced the Huskers to a 24-17 victory over the Hawkeyes Friday afternoon. Palmer, who surpassed the single-season receiving yardage record during today's game, finished the season with 1,043 total receiving yards. This marked Nebraska's first win over Iowa since 2014, snapping the Hawkeyes seven-game win streak.
The Husker offense totaled 329 yards, with 278 yards through the air and 51 yards on the ground. Casey Thompson completed 20-of-30 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Palmer pulled in nine catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Marcus Washington with three receptions for 52 yards and a score.
The Big Red held the Hawkeyes to 274 yards, with 150 passing yards and 124 yards on the ground. Eteva Mauga-Clements and Isaac Gifford each recording a team-high seven tackles, while Mauga-Clements had two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Quinton Newsome added three tackles and a forced fumble while Garrett Nelson and Ernest Hausmann each recovered a fumble.
The Huskers were dominant in the first half, shutting out the Hawkeyes, and going into halftime ahead, 17-0. It marked the third time in the last four games that Nebraska shutout its opponent in the first half.
After NU forced Iowa to punt on it's opening drive, Nebraska went 45 yards to attempt a 32-yard field goal, but the kick from Timmy Bleekrode was unsuccessful. After another three-and-out from Iowa, Trey Palmer went 87 yards on a pass from Casey Thompson to strike first. The 87-yard touchdown marked the fifth-longest passing play in Nebraska history and the longest play from scrimmage for Nebraska since 2014.
On the next drive, Quinton Newsome forced a fumble after an eight yard sack of Iowa's quarterback Spencer Petras. The fumble was recovered by Quinton Newsome.
The Huskers took over on Iowa's 31-yard line and went 28 yards before kicking a field goal. Bleekrode's kick was good, and NU took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
To start the second quarter, Alex Padilla came in for Petras as the quarterback, but fumbled the ball on a sack by Eteva Mauga-Clements. The ball was recovered by Garrett Nelson.
NU capitalized after taking over on the Iowa 39-yard line. An 18-yard touchdown reception for Palmer from Thompson extended Nebraska's lead to 17-0 in the second quarter.
The Huskers opened the second half with a big play on special teams. After a three and out, Buschini punted the ball 35 yards which was muffed by Arland Bruce and recovered by Alante Brown. NU was able to take over on Iowa's 18-yard line. A 14-yard reception for Marcus Washington from Thompson, extended the Big Red's lead to 24-0.
The Hawkeyes responded with a touchdown of their own and the first score of the night for Iowa. Kaleb Johnson ran for 44 yards to make it a 24-7 game.
In the fourth quarter, Iowa struck again with a 14-yard receiving touchdown for Luke Lachey.
On the next drive, the Hawkeye defense forced Nebraska's first turnover of the day. John Wagganer forced Rahmir Johnson to fumble while Logan Klemp recovered the ball. Iowa took over the ball on Nebraska's 27-yard line. The Hawkeyes took advantage, kicking a field goal to close within seven.
After holding the Huskers, Iowa looked to go the distance, but on fourth-and-eight, Chris Kolarevic intercepted Padilla, ensuring the Husker victory.