Nebraska brought back Rex Burkhead for the second half against Iowa, and the senior I-back played a part in the Huskers regaining the lead 13-7.
Burkhead scored on a 3-yard run with 3:10 left in the third quarter after NU had come up empty on its first two drives after halftime. The Huskers got in scoring range with the help of a 19-yard pass from Taylor Martinez to Ben Cotton and an 18-yard run by Braylon Heard.
Burkhead, bothered all season by a sprained MCL in his left knee, had missed the Huskers’ last four games and was not used in the first half Friday. He came out for NU’s first possession of the third quarter, and started it with a 4-yard run.
Burkhead, however, finished that drive with just 6 yards on five carries, and went for 9 yards on six carries in the quarter.
Some other nuggets heading into the fourth in Iowa City:
>> NU safety Daimion Stafford got his fourth interception in the last five games with 7:03 left in the third quarter. Nebraska followed by going three-and-out.
>> Iowa got a huge first down on its last series of the third to avoid punting into the wind. James Vandenberg hit tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with a 13-yard throw to move the chains.
The Hawkeyes then punted two plays into the fourth.