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10:30 AM PT11:30 AM MT12:30 PM CT1:30 PM ET6:30 PM GMT2:30 AM 北京时间11:30 AM MST1:30 PM EST, Nov. 26, 2021
Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska  Attendance: 86,541

Iowa makes play for Big Ten West title vs. Nebraska

Iowa Hawkeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers

  1. Iowa has won six straight games against Nebraska. In the last 40 years, the only teams to beat the Huskers seven times in a row are Wisconsin (8) and Ohio State (7) (both of those are also active streaks).
  2. The Hawkeyes have had fewer total yards than their opponent in each of their last three games, but have won all three. They join Wake Forest as the only FBS teams this season to win three games in a row despite being outgained in each one. The last Big Ten team to win four straight games in that fashion was Ohio State in the last four games of its 2002 national championship season.
  3. Tyler Goodson has carried the ball at least 10 times in 23 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the FBS behind Iowa State's Breece Hall (31) and West Virginia's Leddie Brown (24).
  4. Nebraska is 3-8 this season with all eight losses coming by a single-digit margin. They are the first FBS team to have eight single-digit losses in a season since Indiana in 1984 (8).
  5. Austin Allen had 143 receiving yards last week for the Huskers. It was the most receiving yards by an FBS player 6-foot-9 or taller since Purdue's Kyle Ingraham had 209 against Indiana in 2004.

Iowa makes play for Big Ten West title vs. Nebraska

Iowa is one of three teams still alive for the Big Ten Conference's West Division title going into the final game of the regular season, and the Hawkeyes can do their part to stay in that race when they travel to Lincoln to face Nebraska on Friday.

The 16th-ranked Hawkeyes (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) must win and hope No. 18 Wisconsin (8-3, 6-2) loses Saturday at Minnesota. Wisconsin holds the tiebreaker over Iowa after winning the head-to-head matchup 27-7 on Oct. 30.

Iowa has won three straight since then, beating Illinois 33-23 in its home finale on Nov. 20. The Hawkeyes only had 255 yards of offense, and for the season are last in the Big Ten in total offense at 293.2 yards per game.

"We find a way to win, that's still what the game is about," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

Nebraska (3-8, 1-7) has the Big Ten's second-best offense, gaining 457.5 yards per game, but that hasn't translated into wins. The Cornhuskers have lost five in a row, and all eight of their losses have come by nine or fewer points.

The latest was a 35-28 loss at Wisconsin in which Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez became the school's career total yardage leader. The fourth-year junior has gained 10,792 yards via the pass and the run, with 3,388 yards coming this season.

That may end up being the final game of Martinez's Cornhuskers career, as coach Scott Frost said a shoulder injury suffered against Wisconsin will keep him out of the season finale.

"He's such a tough kid. I didn't expect him to play in the second half (against Wisconsin)," Frost said. "I feel terrible for him."

In his place will be freshman Logan Smothers, who has appeared in five games this season and is 7 of 11 for 119 yards.

Iowa, which has won six straight against Nebraska, has also had a recent change at quarterback due to injury. Sophomore Alex Padilla started the past two games in place of Spencer Petras, who has dealt with a shoulder injury, and Padilla is listed first on the Hawkeyes' latest depth chart.

"We've got two guys we feel we can win with," Ferentz said.

Ferentz, the longest-tenured coach in FBS, is 7-5 against Nebraska but 7-3 since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011.

A loss for Nebraska would give it nine in a season for the first time since 1957. Frost is already the first Huskers coach to fail to reach a bowl game in four consecutive seasons since William Jennings didn't make one during his five seasons from 1957-61, but Frost is already assured to be back in 2022 after agreeing to a restructured contract that lowers both his salary and his buyout.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 23, 2021

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