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.