IOWA CITY | Minutes after Saturday’s 26-24 loss to Wisconsin, Iowa football players were ready to turn the page – quickly.
The Hawkeyes have little choice.
Nebraska visits Kinnick Stadium at 11 a.m. on Friday, creating a short week of preparation following one of the most physical football games of the season.
“All of this disappointment and anger, we’re going to unleash it on Nebraska,’’ Iowa linebacker Quinton Alston said. “I hope they’re ready. It’s senior night and I’m not going out with a loss.’’
The Cornhuskers know what that feels like, letting a 21-7 lead slip away Saturday in their own 28-24 loss to Minnesota in their home finale at Memorial Stadium.
In his postgame comments, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he expects his team to show some resiliency as it prepares for Iowa, but added that defensive deficiencies that have plagued the Cornhuskers in consecutive losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota must be corrected.
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“They’re going to play hard and fight, but we’ve got to play smarter and execute at a higher level or we’ll get the same result,’’ Pelini said.
Iowa players are looking to avoid that predicament, as well.
“You have to put this one behind you and move on and move on now. This one can’t linger,’’ defensive tackle Carl Davis said. “We had a chance to do something special (against Wisconsin) and we didn’t get it done. Physically, mentally, we’ve got to turn it around like now and get ourselves ready to go again.’’
Davis and Iowa’s other starting defensive tackle, Louis Trinca-Pasat, left Saturday’s game in the second half with injuries, but both returned.
Nebraska took a physical beating, as well. The Cornhuskers’ top receiver, Kenny Bell, and starting center Mark Pelini exited the Minnesota loss with a head injury and a high ankle sprain, respectively.