Since Thanksgiving was last week, I have a lot of things I’m thankful for.
One is by the time this story is out, I will have come back from Miles City, Mont., with my cousin Robin after we celebrated my mom’s 90th birthday Sunday, Nov. 25.
I’m also thankful the Iowa Hawkeyes get to play in a bowl game so hopefully they can get rid of the sick feeling that came out of Lincoln Friday as Nebraska shut down Iowa, 20-7.
Thanks to Lisa Bluder and the Hawkeye women’s basketball team. They played St. John’s at the same time the football team was playing and won 60-52. I listened to it on the radio while I was watching the football game.
Jaime Printy and super-freshman Samantha Logic led the way with 17 and 13 points respectively. Jaime was 8-8 from the free throw line and had five rebounds.
It’s also nice to be able to watch some Hawkeye wrestling after a tough football loss.
I went into Carver Hawkeye Arena at 3 p.m. on Friday after the football game was over and the Hawks opened up the match against Baker with three straight pins. They won all three meets 47-3, 42-0 and 37-6.
Back to football– we’ll go with the good, bad and ugly.
Let’s start with Jordan Bernstine who had 13 tackles, one pass breakup and one tackle for a loss.
Jordan has been a pleasant surprise all year, mostly because it’s the first season in five he’s been healthy.
Jordan comes up strong against the run and plays pretty good pass defense. It will be interesting if he gets a shot with the pros; he has the speed to play on Sunday.
Thomas Nardo led the defense with 14 stops.
What a great story. Thomas is a fifth-year senior that walked on and didn’t see the field until this year.
The defense held the Huskers to three points until an 80-yard drive ended in a touchdown with 32 seconds left before halftime.
If the offense would have shown up…
Marcus Coker did show up, running for 87 yards with a touchdown and averaging 4.8 yards per carry against a tough Nebraska defense.
Marvin McNutt and Keenan Davis each caught four passes but the passing game couldn’t get the big play. Marvin had only 29 total yards receiving and two dropped passes.
Eric Guthrie averaged 41 yards on seven punts.
How about Nebraska pounding out 222 yards rushing? Also, the Cornhuskers had 83 plays, Iowa 59.
The receivers dropped a couple of passes and C.J. Fiedorowicz coughed up a fumble the led to a Cornhusker score.
James Vandenberg struggled all day, finishing 16-35 for 182 yards and one pick.
Nebraska had five turnovers last week, none against Iowa.
Let’s start with the offense in the first half. Nebraska had 14 first downs to Iowa’s six. The Huskers had 196 yards and Iowa had 98. The Big Red had the ball for over 18 minutes, Iowa under 12.
Halftime score was 10-0.
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska’s hard-nosed running back, carried the ball a record 38 times for 160 yards and a touchdown.
It wasn’t fancy, just ground and pound football, and the Hawks couldn’t stop them.
For the game, the Huskers had the ball for over 37 minutes.
When you control the clock like that, play tough defense and don’t turn the ball over, it makes for a long day for the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes finished the season 7-5. I was looking at 9-3 and I sure would like another shot at Iowa State and Minnesota. Of course, Pittsburgh would probably like another shot at Iowa.
The Hawks will go bowling but they don’t know where.
I’m not sure they have played their best game yet… can they do it when they’re healthy and have three weeks of practice?