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Heartbreak and disappointment

When I looked at the schedule and the returning players the Iowa Hawkeye football team had coming back this season, I thought there was a good chance the Hawks could win nine or 10 games.
If they would have scored three more points against Wisconsin or one more in regulation against Nebraska they would have... but they didn’t and with the 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska Friday at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes fell to 7-5.
That’s really disappointing.
When Iowa was up 24-7 with 8:45 left in the third quarter I thought there was no way the Cornhuskers come back.
Two 30-yard touchdown passes and an 80-yard punt return and Nebraska is up 28-24.
Iowa turned the ball over four times on three fumbles and an interception. Nebraska had two turnovers including a John Lowdermilk pick-six.
Usually, whoever has the most turnovers losses.
Can you believe Iowa had 13 first downs in the first half and Nebraska only three?
Iowa also controlled the clock (20:01-9:59) but only had a 10-7 lead.
You have to cash in when you’re in the red zone and when Iowa was inside Nebraska’s 10 twice in the first half and didn’t get any points, that’s not good. It’s a sad way to watch your seniors go out.
Iowa had 16 seniors finish their careers with 13 of them either starting or playing a lot.
Two of the seniors, Mark Weisman and Tommy Gaul, were walk-ons.
Tommy waited until his fifth year, played in one game as a freshman, no games his sophomore year, two games last year and has started six games in a row this year.
Mark came out of nowhere as a sophomore fullback, converted to tailback after the third game in 2012 and had 82 yards in his last game at Kinnick against the Cornhuskers.
Mark ranks sixth in Iowa history with 2,592 rushing yards with one game left. The five in front of him include Fred Russell, Tavian Banks, Albert Young, Ladell Betts and Sedrick Shaw. Pretty good company.
Only two players have more touchdowns than Mark, who has 30. Sedrick and Tavian had 33.
Kevonte Martin-Manley led Iowa with six catches and finished with a team-leading 49 receptions in his final game at Kinnick.
There is only one player in Hawkeye history that has more career catches. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (DJK) totaled 173.
Kevonte has 171 with one game left.
Jake Rudock didn’t have a great day, going 19-38 for 230 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. He was also sacked four times.
The pick was inside the Nebraska 10. Jake also fumbled inside the 10 and missed a wide-open Damond Powell down the field that would have been an easy score in the third quarter.
Tevaun Smith had a nice catch and run for a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Jordan Canzeri caught a pass in the flat to score from five yards out that gave Iowa a 28-21 lead with 1:49 left in the game.
Carl Davis finished strong with a hit on Nebraska’s quarterback while passing, which resulted into a pop fly and John Lowdermilk returning it for a 17-yard score.
Carl also helped block a punt that bounced into Nebraska native Drew Ott’s hands and he ran it in for a 12-yard touchdown and Iowa led 24-7.
Carl also had a blocked field goal, a sack and two tackles for a loss.
Carl and Louis Trinca-Pasat will be hard to replace.
Special teams have been inconsistent all season, but to give up two long returns, including an 80-yard score, is a tough pill to swallow.
Iowa came into the game giving up a total of only 81 yards on 11 punts (7.4 average).
Nebraska returned four punts for 134 yards (44.7 average).
Iowa went into the game 62-6 when it scored over 30 points with Kirk Ferentz as head coach... they are now 62-7 when scoring over 30.
Maybe someone smarter than me (which shouldn’t take much) can explain this to me.
How does Illinois beat Minnesota 28-24 then lose to Iowa 30-14 and Minnesota crushes Iowa, 51-14?
Also, how does Northwestern beat Wisconsin 20-14 while the Hawkeyes blow out the Wildcats, 48-7? Then the Badgers beat the Hawks, 26-24.
The final game against Nebraska is a reflection of Iowa’s season.... missed opportunities.
A bowl win would help ease the pain and get Iowa back to 8-5, the same record as last year.