Sideline chatter: Fans cheer loud for Martinez

2013-11-29T17:10:00Z 2014-01-29T17:56:37Z Sideline chatter: Fans cheer loud for MartinezBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Taylor Martinez stopped on the field to wave to fans in all four sides of the Memorial Stadium after he was introduced Friday on Senior Day.

Martinez was one of 23 seniors honored before the game. Coach Bo Pelini hugged and spoke to each player, then the players trotted onto the field to greet their families. Pelini clapped as each player was introduced.

One of the loudest cheers was for Martinez, the record-breaking quarterback who did not suit up again because of a foot injury.

There was a sign near the Husker bench that said, “Thanks Taylor for 4 great years.”

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst was near the tunnel where Pelini greeted each player, and clapped for the players as they were introduced.

Eichorst was near the tunnel again when the team headed to the locker room trailing Iowa 14-3 at halftime. Eichorst clapped as Pelini jogged by, and there were no negative comments yelled at Pelini.

Coaches try to fire up defense

Defensive line coach Rich Kaczenski tried to get his players prepared after the Husker offense was put in a bad spot again, starting a drive at its 3-yard line in the second quarter.

“We've got to be ready to go back out,” Kaczenski yelled.

Then he yelled out the names of the four players who would start the next drive — Jason Ankrah, Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine and Avery Moss.

“We’re going to have to do it again,” defensive coordinator John Papuchis yelled at the defensive players.

Iowa scored three plays after forcing a three-and-out to take a 14-0 lead.

Iowa fans make themselves heard

Iowa fans again made a strong showing, not only filling the three sections reserved for the visiting team, but also scattered throughout the stadium.

When the Hawkeyes took the field just before kickoff, there was a noticeable roar. Nebraska fans noticed, and booed the Hawkeyes to try to wipe away the cheers.

There was a big roar again from the Iowa fans when Anthony Hitchens intercepted a pass by Nebraska’s Ron Kellogg in the first quarter.

Recruiting watch

There were seven recruits visiting. Four of them have already committed to NU.

The biggest name among the uncommitted players was Terrell Clinkscales (Dodge City Community College in Kansas).

The three-star defensive tackle (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) has already visited Iowa State and Kansas State and has a trip scheduled to Texas Tech, according to Rivals.com. He also reportedly has an offer from Alabama.

The other uncommitted visitors were cornerback Byerson Cockrell (Scooba East Community College in Mississippi) and defensive end Darius Slade (Montclair, N.J.).

Seen

* Sign in the new upper deck: “Pro Bo, Bro. #morethanwinning.”

* The student section only half full with five minutes remaining in the game and Iowa leading 31-17.

* Iowa players mostly skipping the postgame handshakes to sprint across the field to claim The Heroes Game Trophy, which had been on a table near the Husker bench. This was the first time Iowa won the trophy game.

* A fan offering to buy Runzas for uniformed United States Marine Corps  members watching the game from behind the Husker bench. He ended up buying eight Runzas. “We should be thanking you,” he said.

* Former Husker Grant Wistrom, his wife and two young children throwing the bones. Wistrom was introduced in the first half for being voted as one of the all-time great Blackshirts.

* Iowa kicker Mike Meyer and Nebraska kicker Pat Smith chatting on the field about 50 minutes before the game. Only the kickers can get away with that.

Overheard

A fan behind the bench to the Husker players after Iowa took a 14-0 lead: “It isn’t over. You know how we do this.”

— Brent C. Wagner

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