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Hawks upset bid falls short, Huskers prevail 13-7 in Heroes Game

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The Iowa Hawkeyes scored on their first possession and held a 7-3 lead on 17th ranked Nebraska for two and a half quarters, but the Huskers rallied for a 13-7 win.

Iowa senior quarterback James Vandenberg scored the Hawks' only touchdown of the game in the first quarter.

The Huskers' Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown in his return from a knee injury and No. 17 Nebraska beat Iowa 13-7 on Friday to secure a spot in the Big Ten title game.

The Huskers (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will face off against Wisconsin next Saturday in Indianapolis. It'll be a rematch of Nebraska's thrilling 30-27 home win over the Badgers in late September.

Burkhead, making his first appearance since spraining the MCL in his left knee on Oct. 20 against Northwestern, broke through with a 3-yard TD run to make it 13-7 late in the third quarter.

Alonzo Whaley's interception with 2:11 left sealed the victory for Nebraska.

The Huskers defense held the Hawkeyes (4-8, 2-6) scoreless in the final three quarters in windy conditions. Iowa finishes the season with six straight losses.

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