Boxscore
Nebraska 13, Iowa 7
Friday, November 23, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Kinnick Stadium
Attendance - 69805

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Nebraska 3 0 10 0 13
Iowa 7 0 0 0 7

Recap


No. 14 Nebraska 13, Iowa 7: Rex Burkhead returned from a knee injury and sparked the visiting Cornhuskers with a team-high 69 yards - including the go-ahead 3-yard score in the third quarter - to secure Nebraska's spot in the Big Ten championship game.

Burkhead, who missed the last four games, compiled all of his yards in the second half after sitting out the first 30 minutes. Alonzo Whaley sealed the victory with a late interception. The Cornhuskers (10-2, 7-1), who have won six straight games for the first time since 2001, will face Wisconsin in the Dec. 1 conference title game in Indianapolis.

Mark Weisman had 91 yards on 29 carries for the Hawkeyes (4-8, 2-6) as the teams focused on the ground amid blustery conditions. Nebraska shut out Iowa over the final three quarters to hand the Hawkeyes their sixth consecutive loss overall and fifth straight in the series.

The Hawkeyes equaled their output of last year's 20-7 Heroes Game defeat on their opening possession, answering a Nebraska field goal by going 62 yards in 12 plays. Quarterback James Vandenberg ran in untouched from 1 yard out and also had a key 25-yard completion – the only pass attempt of the drive – to give Iowa a 7-3 edge.

But Iowa came away empty on three prime chances to extend its lead before halftime, failing to convert on two drives following fumble recoveries and later hooking a wind-facing 42-yard field goal with 4 ticks left. Brett Maher trimmed Nebraska's deficit to 7-6 when he drilled a wind-backed 52-yarder with 9:30 to go in the third quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
The Cornhuskers ran 14 out of 15 plays going against the 30-mph wind on the game's opening drive and chewed up 8:09 before settling for a 26-yard Maher field goal. … Not counting kicks, the teams rushed 26 times versus just two pass attempts in the first quarter, which had all but 28 seconds taken up by just two possessions. … Nebraska's Daimion Stafford broke up a 28-yard pass in the end zone to keep Iowa's lead at 7-3 following Taylor Martinez's second-quarter fumble, and added an interception in the third. ... Burkhead had two big carries to get Nebraska off its own 1-yard line during a fourth-quarter drive.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 6:51
Nebraska   FG  Iowa 0 - Nebraska 3
1st Quarter - 0:28
Iowa   TD  Iowa 7 - Nebraska 3
3rd Quarter - 9:30
Nebraska   FG  Iowa 7 - Nebraska 6
3rd Quarter - 3:10
Nebraska   TD  Iowa 7 - Nebraska 13
TEAMS

Team Records

  Nebraska Iowa
W/L 10 - 2 - 0 4 - 8 - 0
Conference 7 - 1 - 0 2 - 6 - 0

Team Stats

  Nebraska Iowa
Score 13 7
First Downs 16 13
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-14
29%
5-for-15
33%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-2
100%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 263 200
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 53-200 39-108
Average/Rush 3.8 2.8
Passing
Comp-Att 8-14 11-24
Passing Yards 63 92
Average/Pass Play 3.9 3.7
Penalties-Yards 2-25 1-5
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Time of Possession 30:58 29:02

PLAYER STATS

Nebraska (10 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Martinez 8/14 63 0 0
Iowa (4 - 8)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Vandenberg 11/24 92 0 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Burkhead 16 69 4.3 1
A. Abdullah 14 50 3.6 0
B. Heard 4 46 11.5 0
T. Martinez 16 41 2.6 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Weisman 29 91 3.1 0
G. Garmon 5 19 3.8 0
J. Vandenberg 5 -2 -0.4 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Cotton 3 39 13.0 0
Q. Enunwa 2 8 4.0 0
S. Osborne 1 7 7.0 0
R. Burkhead 1 6 6.0 0
A. Abdullah 1 3 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Fiedorowicz 6 56 9.3 0
K. Martin-Manley 3 19 6.3 0
K. Davis 1 11 11.0 0
H. Krieger Coble 1 6 6.0 0