The Huskers meet rival Iowa in the final game of the season

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraska hopes to end its season with a win Friday, which would end an eight-game losing streak against Iowa.

The Huskers have not defeated the Hawkeyes since an overtime win in Iowa City in 2014. Two days after that win, head coach Bo Pelini was fired.

Now, two head coaches later, Nebraska is once again trying to turn the odds against a Hawkeyes team on a three-game winning streak.

Iowa is also fighting for a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game, which will be played against either Michigan or Ohio State.

“We have one more mission, one game,” interim head coach Mickey Joseph said during a Tuesday news conference.

Joseph said Friday’s matchup would show many similarities between Iowa and other conference opponents.

“I think you’re going to see big linemen, you’re going to see they’re going to run the ball and manage the clock and play good defense,” he said.

Iowa’s defense has been strong, holding Minnesota and Wisconsin to just 10 points each in their last two games.

The Hawkeyes also held Purdue to just three points in their matchup in early November.

Starting quarterback Casey Thompson is back after suffering a nerve injury in the second quarter of the game in Illinois.

But Thompson struggled to maintain offense against the Badgers last weekend, completing 12 passes for 106 yards.

“He was a bit rusty last week, but today I thought he threw the ball really well,” said Joseph.

Thompson needs to be sharp against the Hawkeyes’ defense, which Joseph says doesn’t make mistakes.

“They line up right and they don’t, they just don’t blast cover, they don’t miss gaps,” he said.

On the other hand, Iowa’s offense is one of the worst in the conference.

The Hawkeyes are averaging just 18.9 points per game, just behind Nebraska’s 19.1.

Linebacker Colton Feist said the Huskers’ defense must do their best to put the offense in the best possible position to score.

“This game can mean a lot to us, you know, if we can call off their season, you know, that’s huge for us, especially with this rivalry,” he said.

As of Wednesday, the Huskers are 10.5 underdogs, according to ESPN’s PickCenter.

Actually, Nebraska has nothing to lose on Friday, but a win would be welcome for many Husker fans.

“I know our boys are going to come out and give it their all, that last game, a lot of pride, last game they play with some of their brothers,” Joseph said.

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