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Greg Sharpe on Penn State Win, Iowa Match-Up for Nebraska Cornhuskers

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It’s the regular season game on the 2013 schedule for the Nebraska Cornhuskers Friday, as they host Iowa in the annual Heroes Game.

The Huskers are a win away from a nine-victory season, which would be their sixth straight year of winning at least that many under head coach Bo Pelini.

Nebraska v Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 23: Pat Smith #94 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates after kicking the game winning overtime field goal against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the game on November 23, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Victory #8 of the 2013 season came last Saturday in overtime at Penn State, in a game that saw a little bit of everything from turnovers to lead changes, to costly penalties and injuries, to late game heorics, as Nebraska’s Pat Smith capped a 3-for-3 day with a 42-yard field goal to win the game.

The ‘Voice of the Cornhuskers’ Greg Sharpe told me in was a long day in State College:

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Nebraska v Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 23: Ron Kellogg III #12 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is pressured by the Penn State Nittany Lions during the game on November 23, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Injury at the quarterback position continues to be a theme for the 2013 Huskers, as Tommy Armstrong left the Penn State game early with an ankle injury, giving way to Ron Kellogg.

It looks like it will be Kellogg behind center against the Hawkeyes Friday morning:

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Michigan v Iowa
IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Jake Rudock #15 of the Iowa Hawkeyes scrambles on a keeper during the first quarter in front of defensive end Frank Clark #57 of the Michigan Wolverines on November 23, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Like the Huskers, Iowa has won 3-of-4 including rallying from a 21-7 deficit against Michigan last Saturday to win 24-21, pushing their record to 7-4.

This season’s Iowa team is a far cry from last season’s four-win team:

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Michigan v Iowa
IOWA CITY, IA – NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines is brought down during the third quarter by linebacker Christian Kirksey #20 and defensive lineman Carl Davis #71 of the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 23, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

One of the keys to Iowa’s resurgence is the play of their defense, which is first in the Big Ten against the pass, third in total defense.  Senior leadership is paying off in Iowa City:

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With a victory Friday, the already bowl eligible Huskers move to nine wins during the regular season.  If that happens, does that mean a better bowl game for Nebraska?

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Win or lose Friday it is the final game at Memorial Stadium for the Class of 2013.  This group of seniors never won a conference championship, but have left behind a legacy in Lincoln:

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Kickoff from Lincoln is Saturday at 11:00am.  You can listen to the game live on your home for Huskers football in the Sioux Empire, ESPN 99.1!

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