Huskers fall on last second FG in season finale

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Miguel Recinos drilled a 41-yard field goal through a driving rain as time expired and Iowa beat Nebraska 31-28 on Friday despite blowing a 15-point lead.

Mekhi Sargent ran for a career-high 173 yards and scored twice for the Hawkeyes (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten), who have won four straight over the Cornhuskers for the first time.

The Hawkeyes nearly blew this one big time though.

A curious decision by Iowa to fake a field goal at Nebraska's 3-yard line failed, and it led to a 98-yard scoring drive from the Huskers to make it 28-20 with 13:57 to go. Martinez then ran it from 3 yards out with 3:22 left and found Kade Warner in the back of the end zone to tie it up.

But star tight end T.J. Hockenson came through for Iowa with a 10-yard catch on a fourth-and-8 with 42 seconds to go -- and Recinos put it through the uprights after missing his previous attempt.

Sargent scored late in the second quarter on a 15-yard run and early in the third on a 5-yard pass from Nate Stanley to help the Hawkeyes jump ahead 28-13. But the Huskers and Adrian Martinez, their brilliant freshman quarterback, showed resilience in nearly pulling off the stunner.

Martinez threw for 260 yards and two TDs to lead Nebraska (4-8, 3-6), which went 0-5 on the road in 2018. The Huskers played without injured star wide receiver J.D. Spielman for the second week in a row.

THE TAKEAWAY
Iowa: After a three-game losing streak robbed them of a shot at the Big Ten title, the Hawkeyes finished on a high note and will now await their bowl fate. It wouldn't be surprising to see them end up in either the Holiday or the Citrus Bowl.

Nebraska: When this rivalry began back in 2011, who would have thought that it'd be Nebraska that couldn't keep up? The Huskers were expected to be on near-equal footing with Ohio State and Michigan by now, but they head into the off-season looking up at the likes of Iowa and Northwestern. Nebraska showed progress over the second half of the season, but they came up a play or two short of handing Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz an absolutely brutal defeat.

Nebraska Post-Game Notes
· Senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught seven passes for 81 yards in the game. With his 81 receiving yards, Morgan set Nebraska season and career receiving yardage records. Morgan finishes his career with 2,747 career receiving yards, surpassing Kenny Bell’s previous record of 2,689 yards. He totaled 1,004 yards in 2018, breaking his own season record of 986 receiving yards in 2017. Morgan is the first player in school history to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
· Morgan caught a pass for the 38th straight game, setting a Nebraska record, bettering Johnny Rodgers’ previous record of 37 straight games with a catch. Morgan has caught at least three passes in 23 of his past 24 games.
· Morgan finished the season with 70 receptions to rank second on the single-season receptions list and first among wide receivers. He finishes his Nebraska career with a school record 189 career receptions.
· Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez had 336 yards of total offense, including 260 passing yards and 76 rushing yards. The 336-yard effort marked Martinez’s seventh 300-yard total offense game of the season, setting a Nebraska season record. Joe Ganz (2008) and Tommy Armstrong Jr. (2015) previously held the record with six 300-yard total offense games in a season.
· Martinez increased his season total offensive yardage to 3,246 to post the seventh 3,000-yard total offense season in school history. Martinez’s 3,246 yards of total offense on the season are good for fifth on the NU single-season chart.
· With his 260 passing yards, Martinez finished his freshman season with 2,617 passing yards to rank eighth on the Nebraska single-season passing chart.
· Senior linebacker Dedrick Young had 10 tackles in the game to increase his career tackle total to 284, moving him up one spot to fifth on the Nebraska career tackles list. Young is the only player in Nebraska history to record at least 60 tackles in four straight seasons.
· Linebacker Mohamed Barry had a game-high 11 tackles, his seventh double-figure tackle game of the season. Barry is the first Husker to record seven double-figure tackle games since All-American Lavonte David in 2010. Barry finished the season with 112 tackles, the most tackles by a Husker since David had 133 tackles in 2011.
· Freshman kicker Barret Pickering connected on field goals of 27 and 46 yards in the second quarter, extending his streak of consecutive field goals made to 10. The 46-yard field goal was the second-longest of Pickering’s freshman season, after a 47-yarder last week vs. Michigan State.
· Running back Devine Ozigbo rushed for 50 yards and finished his senior season with 1,082 yards to finish 27th on the single-season rushing list and 10th among Husker seniors. Ozigbo finished his Nebraska career with 2,196 rushing yards to rank in a tie for 25th on the Nebraska career chart.
· Freshman running back Maurice Washington caught seven passes for 102 yards, becoming the fourth Husker running back to have a 100-yard receiving game and the first since Marlon Lucky had 115 receiving yards at Colorado on Nov. 23, 2007. Washington set career highs in both receptions and receiving yards, bettering his four catches for 53 yards at Wisconsin. Washington’s 35-yard reception in the second quarter was a career long, bettering a 24-yard catch at Wisconsin. Washington also caught his first career touchdown pass with a 28-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter.
· Nebraska’s 14-play, 98-yard, 5:12 scoring drive in the second half was the Huskers’ longest of the season in terms of yards, and was its fourth 90-plus yard scoring drive of the season.

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