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Time of possession hurts Hawkeyes, helps Cornhuskers

[ 0 ] November 25, 2011 |

LINCOLN, Neb. — Broderick Binns looked forward to getting on the field for the first time at Memorial Stadium.

It was his inability to get off of it that ultimately doomed the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Nebraska controlled the ball and the clock, wearing down Iowa’s defense and keeping the ball out of the Hawkeyes’ hands on offense in a 20-7 win over the Hawkeyes on Friday.

“As a defensive player, we’ve just got to get off the field and give the offensive the ball,” said Binns, a defensive lineman.

That rarely happened. The Hawkeyes defense spent most of their time on the field while the offense watched from the sideline.

Nebraska finished the game with a possession time of 37 minutes 47 seconds. Iowa ended up at 22:13.

Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead led the charge rushing for a school record 38 times for 160 yards and one touchdown.

Three out of Nebraska’s four scoring drives covered at least 80 yards.

It’s final drive of the first half, which lasted 80 yards, ended when quarterback Taylor Martinez connected with Kyler Reed for a 6-yard touchdown pass to give the Huskers a 10-0 lead.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said if there was a turning point in the game, that was it.

“They played well in all three phases of the game,” Ferentz said.

They played especially well in the running game, where Nebraska tallied 222 yards.

The drives weren’t just productive on the scoreboard.

“The point of running the ball is to beat up the defense, wear them down and keep them off their guard with their play action which is exactly what they did,” Iowa defensive back Shaun Prater said.

Neither Iowa’s offense nor defense was able to build much momentum.

“It kind of just takes the winds from our sails,” Binns said.

Binns said the defense could take some of the blame for the lack of offense the Hawkeyes were able to produce as well.

“Obviously, we would like to give them the ball back at important times and let them go to work,” Binns said. “If they’re standing on the sidelines, obviously that’s not good.”

Sophomore linebacker James Morris said the long drives didn’t drain the defense. Instead, he faulted the Hawkeyes’ inability to make tackles and other simple plays.

“I don’t feel like fatigue was the factor,” Morris said.

The time on the field made for a less than memorable experience at Memorial Stadium for the Hawkeyes defense.

Binns said he expects that to eventually change.

“First time playing in this stadium, I think this is going to be a really good rivalry in the future,” Binns said.

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