The 2012 Iowa football season ended with a fizzle as the Hawkeye fell 13-7 to No. 17 Nebraska on a cold, windy Black Friday in Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa (4-8, 2-6) had it chances to knock Nebraska (10-2, 7-1) out of the Big Ten Championship game next week, but couldn’t complete the upset.
“I thought it wa a really hard-fought game by both teams,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “They did the better job in the second half.”
The Hawkeyes led 7-3 at halftime, but the Cornhuskers — buoyed by the return of injured running back Rex Burkhead — got a 52-yard field goal from Brett Maher and a 3-yard score by Burkhead in the third quarter.
Burkhead finished with 69 yards on 16 carries. Ameer Abdullah had 50 yards on 14 toes and quarterback Taylor Martinez had 41 yards on 16 carries. Braylon Heard added 46 yards on four carries.
Martinez only passed for 63 yards on 8-of-14 passing.
“I told hte team in the locker room before the game it was going to be about winning on the line of scrimmage and being physical up front on both sides of the football,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “We did that well enough to win the game.”
Iowa had a chance to score late, but James Vandenberg threw an interception to linebacker Alonzo Whaley on the last offensive play for Iowa.
Vandenberg finished 11-of-24 for 92 yards with two interceptions. Mark Weisman ran 29 times for 91 yards. C.J. Fiedorowicz had six catches for 56 yards.
“This didn’t pan out certainly the way James (Vandenberg) would have hoped,” Ferentz said. “None of our seniors wanted to gout being part of a 4-8 team certainly. But it can happen. It did happen.”
Iowa ended the season on a six-game losing streak and failed to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2000.
It was also Seniro Day for 19 Hawekye seniors, recognized before the game.
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