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Iowa loses Heroes Game to Huskers, now awaits bowl fate

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

It was senior day at Kinnick stadium, John Lowdermilk, one of Iowa's 16 seniors, had himself quite the day.

Early on the Hawks were troubled by turnovers, Rudock threw a pick in the endzone, then Rudock was stripped sacked. Despite all of this Iowa's defense surrendered zero points.

With the offensive struggles the defense would get the scoring started, Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis hits Tommy Armstrong Jr,   Lowdermilk with the easy pick, he would take it back for a touchdown. Hawks up 7-0.

In the second half Rudock hits Tevaun Smith, who makes a move and he is off to the races, Smith goes 37 yards for the Hawks take a 17-7 lead.

Iowa special teams would come up big. Nebraska punter Sam Foltz can't handle a snap, Iowa blocked his punt and Drew Ott picks it up and rumbles 12 for the score, Iowa up 24-7. 

Punt coverage was the Hawks' Achilles heel today, De'mornay Pierson-El had 134 punt return yards, including one for an 80 yard touchdown that gave Nebraska their first lead of the day at 28-24.

Iowa answers back Rudock to Jordan Canzeri, 5 yard touchdown, Hawks go back up 31-28. Nebraska added a late field goal to send it to overtime. 

In overtime the Hawks got a field goal on their possession, while the Huskers got an Armstrong to Kenny Bell, 9 yard touchdown pass as the Hawks fall in OT, 37-34.

Iowa couldn't overcome 4 first half turnovers and Husker big plays in the second half. Hawks finish the season 7-5 and they will find out Sunday December 7th where they will go bowling.

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