Dec 01, 2019 1:00 AM

#19 Hawkeyes halt Husker comeback with final-second field goal for 27-24 win

Posted Dec 01, 2019 1:00 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It was cold and damp, Iowa had the ball at its 26 with 32 seconds left in regulation in a tie game, and the Hawkeyes’ offense hadn’t done much since the first quarter.


Instead of being content to play for overtime against border rival Nebraska, coach Kirk Ferentz went for the win Friday.


The Hawkeyes got it when Keith Duncan kicked a 48-yard field goal with one second left, giving No. 19 Iowa a 27-24 victory over Nebraska that leaves the Cornhuskers out of the postseason for a third consecutive season.


“We thought we had a chance if we executed,” Ferentz said. “There’s some risk and reward involved there. We thought the reward outweighed the risk. At least we came out the right side this time.”


The Hawkeyes (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) beat the Huskers (5-7, 3-6) for a fifth straight year and second year in a row on a late field goal.


Duncan, who walked on to Iowa in 2016, had more to celebrate than just helping the Hawkeyes hold onto the Heroes Game trophy for at least another year. Ferentz announced after the game that he was giving Duncan a scholarship.


“The culmination of all these four years of hard work,” said Duncan, who also kicked a 49-yarder against the Huskers and now owns the Big Ten single-season record with 29. “These 12 weeks have been really hard for us, just working 100%. There’s been some setbacks, but we finished here. Team goals will lead to individual goals, and that’s where we are today.”


Iowa, which had its 14-point lead wiped out in the third quarter, got the ball back after forcing a Nebraska punt in the final minute. Nate Stanley had a long pass to Nico Ragaini overturned to incomplete on video review, but then completed a pair of 22-yard passes to Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Sam LaPorta to bring on the reliable Duncan.


The Huskers called two timeouts before Duncan drilled the winner down the middle and with plenty of distance.


“Every field goal I’m hungry for, especially in a situation like that with tough conditions,” Duncan said. “That’s why you become a kicker. You’ve got to be hungry and not scared.”


After the ball went through, holder Colten Rastetter and Duncan ran toward the Nebraska sideline. Rastetter pointed at the Huskers while Duncan blew kisses at them.


“Nebraska fans came for some entertainment, and that’s what it was, entertainment,” Duncan said. “Just having fun with it.”


Nebraska, down 24-10 at half, tied it with back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter. Luke McCaffrey entered the game for a play in place of quarterback Adrian Martinez, rolled to his left and hit JD Spielman with a perfect 39-yard TD pass. The Huskers ran on 12 of 13 plays while covering 60 yards on their next drive, converting a fourth-and-6 before Wyatt Mazour ran in from 9 yards.


Smith-Marsette scored on a 45-yard on a reverse run and ran back a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and Tyler Goodson broke a 55-yard TD run as Iowa got out to its lead in the first half.


Iowa had 18 plays for 191 yards in the first quarter but just 131 yards on 38 plays for the remainder of the game. Iowa gained 11 yards in the second quarter and 7 in the third.


Stanley completed 11 of 24 passes for 99 yards, his lowest total since throwing for 86 against Maryland last year. Tyler Goodson ran 13 times for a season-high 116 yards.


The Huskers are in their longest bowl drought since 1955-61, but coach Scott Frost is encouraged by the progress the second half of the season.


“There’s a lot of things that needed to get fixed, and I think a lot of those have been addressed,” Frost said. “I think when you plant a seed, you don’t necessarily see sprouts right away. There’s a lot going on underneath the ground before you see things shooting out of it. I know a lot of things have gotten better.”


EPENESA’s BIG DAY


Preseason All-America defensive end A.J. Epenesa set career highs with 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.


“You always love to win this game,” Epenesa said. “They joined the Big Ten not too long ago but it’s turned into a pretty hard-headed rivalry between the two of us. If it’s between whose corn is better, which team you like more or what state you’re from, there’s a lot of pride on both sides of this. When you can come out and win it, especially in other people’s stadium, it adds a little extra to it.”


THE TAKEAWAY


Iowa: This was a hard-fought win for the Hawkeyes and one they’ll savor because it came against their border rival. Except for the big-play touchdowns, their offense continued to be middling.


Nebraska: The Huskers dropped to 0-6 against Top 25 opponents over two seasons under Frost.

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Dec 01, 2019 1:00 AM
Broncos beat Bolts on FG as time expires 23-20

DENVER (AP) — Brandon McManus’ 53-yard field goal as time expired, set up by a long interference call, capped a furious final 14 seconds and gave the Broncos a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.


Rookie quarterback Drew Lock’s debut win for Denver came a month after Brandon Allen beat Cleveland. It made the Broncos the first team in league history to have two quarterbacks start and win their NFL debuts in the same season.


The winner by McManus, who stormed off the field just before halftime when coach Vic Fangio changed his mind about letting him attempt a record 65-yard field goal, was set up by a 38-yard pass interference call on Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward Jr.


Diontae Spencer returned the kickoff 26 yards to the Denver 28 after the Chargers tied the game at 20 on Michael Badgley’s 46-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining. With 9 seconds left, Lock threw deep down the right sideline to Sutton, who caught his two first-quarter touchdown passes.


Sutton collided with Hayward and the yellow flag came out. The Chargers argued vehemently about the defensive pass interference, giving the Broncos the ball at the Chargers 35-yard line with 3 seconds remaining.


The Chargers (4-8) continued jawing with both the Broncos (4-8) and the officiating crew as the Broncos stormed the field following McManus’ field goal.


Quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for 101 yards in miserable conditions and Justin Tucker kicked a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal as time expired to give the Baltimore Ravens a 20-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.


The combination of driving rain, a stiff wind and San Francisco’s rugged defense made things difficult for Jackson, who completed only 14 of 23 passes for 105 yards and lost a fumble. But he directed a clutch drive that lasted nearly 6½ minutes before Tucker ended it.


It’s a franchise-record eighth straight twin for the 10-2 Ravens. Baltimore improved to 16-3 with Jackson as a starter and 12-0 when he rushes for at least 70 yards. In addition, Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history to have four 100-yard rushing games in a season.


Raheem Mostert ran for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown for the 49ers, who are now tied with New Orleans for the best record in the NFC at 10-2.


NFL SUNDAY


Patrick Mahomes threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown, Juan Thornhill returned a pick 46 yards for another score, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the bumbling Oakland Raiders 40-9 on Sunday to seize control of the AFC West.


LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson also had TD runs for the Chiefs (8-4), who took a two-game lead over the Raiders by finishing off a season sweep. That means Kansas City can clinch a fourth straight division title with a win over New England and an Oakland loss to Tennessee next weekend.


Oakland (6-6) sure didn’t play like a team fighting for a piece of the division lead.


Derek Carr dropped to 0-6 at Arrowhead Stadium with another miserable outing, throwing for 222 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Raiders failed to score twice in the red zone, were penalized 12 times for 99 yards, and seemingly quit when Kansas City put together a 9 1/2-minute drive almost entirely on the ground that soaked up most of the fourth quarter.


When the Raiders finally scored a touchdown in the last minute, the Chiefs blocked the extra point and returned it for two points — one more insult to Oakland in a game full of them.


It was the Raiders’ seventh straight loss in Kansas City, and the continuation of a major late-season spiral. The blowout came on the heels of a 34-3 loss to the Jets last weekend.


Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Green Bay Packers rebounded from a dismal West Coast performance to beat the New York Giants 31-13. The 9-3 Packers sent the 2-10 Giants to their eighth straight loss, their worst skid since 2004. Rodgers finished 21 of 33 for 243 yards with no interceptions on a slippery day at MetLife Stadium. Rodgers hit Davante Adams on touchdown passes of 8 and 17 yards, found a wide-open Allen Lazard for 37 yards and capped the performance with a 1-yarder to Marcedes Lewis. The Packers also intercepted Giants rookie Daniel Jones three times, setting up 10 points.


DeVante Parker made two acrobatic touchdown receptions and kicker Jason Sanders also had a circus-like scoring catch to help the Miami Dolphins rally past the slumping Philadelphia Eagles 37-31. Miami overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half with three touchdowns in less than 13 minutes. The 3-9 Dolphins won for the third time in their past five games. The 5-7 Eagles lost their third game in a row and missed a chance to pull into a tie with Dallas atop the NFC East.


"Duck" Hodges threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his second career start, and the banged-up Steelers exacted revenge for their whipping at the hands of the Browns two weeks ago with a 20-13 victory. Pittsburgh boosted its postseason chances by rallying from 10 points down thanks in large part to Hodges, who was made the starter in place of struggling Mason Rudolph. Pittsburgh improved to 7-5 while the Browns fell to 5-7.


Andy Dalton returned from his three-week exile and got a long-awaited win for the coach who benched him, throwing a touchdown pass during a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets that ended the longest losing streak in Cincinnati Bengals history. The Bengals had lost 13 in a row since the end of last season. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton after the eighth loss, deciding to see whether Ryan Finley fit into the team’s long-term plans. With the rookie struggling and the season careening toward 0-16, Taylor reversed course and went back to Dalton.


Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:02 left to play, helping Tennessee turn the tables at Indianapolis with a 31-17 victory. The 7-5 Titans snapped a three-game losing streak in the series, winning for only the third time in the past 17 meetings. Adam Vinatieri missed three field goals for 6-6 Indy, with two being blocked including the decisive kick that Dane Cruikshank got his hand on. Vinatieri has missed 14 kicks this season — eight field goals and six extra points.


Tampa Bay turned Nick Foles’ three first-half turnovers into touchdowns and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-11. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the 4-8 Jaguars and could cost coach Doug Marrone his job. Marrone benched Foles in favor of Gardner Minshew at halftime. The 5-7 Buccaneers have won two straight for the first time in coach Bruce Arians' first season.


Derrius Guice ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and the Washington Redskins overcame an early 14-point deficit and held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 29-21 for their second straight victory. Adrian Peterson added 99 yards and a score as the 3-9 Redskins piled up 248 yards on the ground and set a new season high for points. The loss was the fourth straight for the 5-7 Panthers.