Published Friday, November 23, 2012 AT 11:42 AM / Updated at 11:43 AM
First Quarter: Two long drives to start the game
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

In one of the faster first quarters you’ll ever see, Iowa took a 7-3 lead on Nebraska at Kinnick Stadium.

Nebraska started the game with a 16-play, 75-yard drive into the wind that chewed up 8:09. The Huskers, however, had to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Brett Maher for a 3-0 lead.

Iowa then answered with a 12-play, 62-yard march that quarterback James Vandenberg capped with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Hawkeyes took 6:23 off the clock, leaving 28 seconds after their score.

Some other first-quarter items:

>> Vandenberg completed his only throw, a 25-yarder to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz to the Huskers’ 25. The Hawkeyes were 3 of 3 on third-down conversions, all by running the football.

>> Nebraska attempted only one pass going into the stiff north wind. But it was just a swing pass to Ameer Abdullah that went for 3 yards.

>> All told, the teams combined for 26 rushing attempts and just two passes in the first 15 minutes.

>> Nebraska lost starting center Justin Jackson to a leg injury on its opening series. The senior was replaced by Mark Pelini.

>> No penalties and no turnovers in the first quarter.

About Rich Kaipust

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at