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Instant Gut Reaction: Nebraska’s gut-wrenching 13-10 loss to Iowa

Too many 13-10 losses this season.

Iowa v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

Another week, and another 13-10 loss to an opponent on the last play of the game. That’s incredible unto itself, but this time it’s made more painful because it’s Iowa, and because Nebraska finishes at 5-7 and will most likely miss a bowl game for the 32,343rd year in a row.

It was a hard-fought team for both teams. Nebraska appeared to be completely out of it until Chubbay Purdy hit Jaylen Lloyd for a 66-yard touchdown pass. It was the longest play given up by the Iowa defense this season.

Both teams played conservative, with Matt Rhule taking a play out of Kirk Ferentz’ play book, trying to see if Iowa would make a mistake to give Nebraska the game. It nearly happened, but Nebraska trumped Iowa’s mistake as the game wound down, leading to Iowa’s backup kicker hitting a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give the Hawkeyes a 13-10 win.

We have plenty of time to discuss whether this season is a success.