Snap Reactions: Huskers earned it

Here are three things I observed during Nebraska’s big win at Iowa on Friday.

1. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win. And Nebraska will take it. The Cornhuskers are headed to the Big Ten title game as the Legends Division representative. Now, Nebraska will take aim on its first league title since winning the Big 12 in 1999. The Huskers will meet Wisconsin for the championship. Earlier this season, Nebraska rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Badgers, 30-27, on Sept. 29.

2. It was nice to see Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead back. He has been sidelined for most of the season because of a knee injury first suffered in the opener vs. Southern Miss. But he played today and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the Cornhuskers’ win in Iowa City. Burkhead ran 16 times for a team-high 69 yards on a day when passing the football was a challenge because of the elements.

3. Iowa’s season is mercifully over. The Hawkeyes weren’t expected to be serious contenders for the Legends Division crown. But no one envisioned the team finishing the season 4-8 and riding a six-game losing skid. The season-long struggle on offense continued, as Iowa had just 200 yards. Next year can’t get here soon enough.

Nebraska 13, Iowa 7:  BOX | PBP | FULL RECAP

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Doug on 11/23/2012 @ 4:14pm EDT Said:

only drama for OSU-M tomorrow is to see if OSU can go undefeated, Mich to cap one bowl is pretty much a gaurantee, have fun losing to a SEC team

bob jones on 11/23/2012 @ 9:14pm EDT Said:

Gutsy finish for Burkhead at much less than 100%, lots of hard nosed carries in crucial situations to put the game away, big time performance for a class guy. Nebraska also lost their starting center, Justin Jackson on the first series and best defensive lineman Baker Steinkuhler in the 2nd quarter and was pretty much unable to use their excellent downfield passing game due to the extreme winds. Tough game, nice win and also an excellent effort by the Hawkeyes in finishing up on a disappointing season, Hawks don’t usually stay down for long and expect to see them bounce back next year. Huskers will be loaded next year, on to Indy.

Doug on 11/24/2012 @ 8:11am EDT Said:

hey bob, any word if jackson and steinkuhler will be back for the champ game next saturday?

    bob jones on 11/24/2012 @ 2:27pm EDT Said:

    Doug, the word immediately after the game was that both Jackson and Steinkuhler would miss the title game next week, unfortunately.

Doug on 11/27/2012 @ 7:11pm EDT Said:

That’s too bad, of course I think Stave is still out at QB for the Badgers too