Nebraska fell to Iowa for the sixth straight time, dropping a 26-20 contest in Iowa City on Friday. It’s the Huskers’ third straight one-possession loss to the Hawkeyes. Nebraska drops to 1-4, while Iowa ups its record to 4-2.

After falling behind 10-0 in the opening quarter, Nebraska tied the game up before halftime thanks to a pair of Connor Culp field goals and an Adrian Martinez rushing touchdown. A touchdown by Rahmir Johnson on the opening drive of the second half put the Huskers on top 20-13, but Iowa scored the game’s final 13 points. A missed field goal by the Hawkeyes’ Keith Duncan with 2:02 remaining kept Nebraska alive, but Chauncey Golston sacked Martinez to force a game-deciding fumble with 1:18 left on the clock.

After Luke McCaffrey started the previous two games, Martinez regained his starting quarterback position. Martinez completed 18-of-20 passes for 174 yards while splitting duties with McCaffrey. Martinez led each of Nebraska’s two touchdown drives. He also became the sixth Husker quarterback to eclipse 5,000 career passing yards and the third player in school history to pass for over 5,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards.

Martinez’s 90.0 percent completion rate broke his own single-game completion percentage record, for games with a minimum of 20 attempts. Martinez completed 25-of-29 passes (86.2 percent) against Minnesota in 2018.

The Nebraska defense limited Iowa to 129 rushing yards on 45 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per attempt.  Iowa rushed for just 35 yards on 17 carries in the first half. Iowa had averaged 244.2 yards rushing in the past five games against Nebraska, including 6.2 yards per carry.

Sophomore Wan’Dale Robinson accounted for 117 yards from scrimmage including 42 rushing yards on six carries, and nine receptions for 75 yards. It marked the second straight game Robinson has totaled more than 100 yards, with 120 last week against Illinois.

The Nebraska defense limited Iowa to 129 rushing yards on 45 carries, an average of 2.9 yards per attempt.  Iowa rushed for just 35 yards on 17 carries in the first half. Iowa had averaged 244.2 yards rushing in the past five games against Nebraska, including 6.2 yards per carry.

Nebraska has two more games left on the regular season schedule, traveling to Purdue next Saturday and hosting Minnesota on Dec. 12.