The defense held on, but gave up three points.
Really, that was the kind of day it was. The offense was not brilliant, but fought hard enough to give the Huskers a chance with both Martinez and Luke McCaffrey at the controls at different times. The defense was not perfect, but it stood up to the test of the Hawkeyes̵
Iowa opened an early 10-0 lead thanks to a big advantage in field position. It started its first three drives in its own 32 and 44, and NOW 46, the last thanks to a 31-yard point return by Charlie Jones.
Late in the second quarter, Nebraska held Iowa to a field goal at the end of a 12-play drive that kept the game within a score.
NOW had not constructed many successful attempts in the two-minute exercise so far this year, nor could it attempt to milk the clock in a four-minute scenario at the end of a possible victory against Penn State.
On this day, however, Martinez started with 3:48 left in the half, took the Huskers 75 yards in 11 plays and tied the game by using everything except 29 seconds and scoring on a 1-yard touchdown jump. He made a couple of big plays to save bad snaps from sophomore center Cameron Jurgens, the other of which sailed far over Martinez’s head and got the offensive lineman from Beatrice bench in favor of senior Matt Farniok.