There wasn't the same emotion when Nebraska won its first Big Ten trophy game that you see in some other trophy games, but that's to be expected.
This was the first Nebraska-Iowa trophy game, while many of the other 13 Big Ten trophy games have been played for decades. Some teams carry the trophy around the stadium or over to the student section.
The recently unveiled "Heroes Game" trophy sat near the tunnel to the Nebraska locker room during Friday's game, before two Nebraska equipment managers moved it to the sideline with a few minutes remaining in the game.
After defeating Iowa 20-7, Nebraska players carried the trophy to midfield. Senior defensive lineman Terrence Moore was one of the first to hold the trophy. A couple of players gave it a kiss.
Senior offensive lineman Yoshi Hardrick carried the trophy off the field and into the locker room to deliver it to head coach Bo Pelini. Hardrick stopped and showed the trophy to the fans as he left the field.
"Hey, (Chase Rome), did you touch this (trophy)," Hardrick said as they walked off the field.
The players were glad to win the game.
"I just wanted to go out with a great lasting memory," Hardrick said. "I probably won't know how big it is until later on, but we won the first (trophy game) my first year in the Big Ten."
Sophomore offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles said it will be neat to know the result of this game will be the first one added to the trophy. He took a picture of himself holding the trophy in the locker room to send to his parents.
There were lot of Iowa fans scattered throughout the stadium, and the game felt more like a friendly rivalry outside the stadium, with friends giving each other a hard time.
For the players, a true rivalry may take time.
"Rivalries aren't spoken, they're made, and I'm a firm believer in that," Sirles said. "You can call this game a rivalry all you want, but until a rivalry is made it can only be spoken. But I think it's going to be a rivalry between the borders again."
Seniors on display
Before the game, the 21 Husker seniors were introduced before greeting their families lined up along the sideline. Before each player was introduced, Pelini whispered a few words to him.
The entire senior class was listed as game captains, and lined up on the field for the coin toss. Seniors Mike Caputo, Lavonte David and Austin Cassidy took part in the coin toss.
Rome, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman, had the jersey numbers of Jared Crick and Moore written on his arm. Crick and Moore are seniors on the defensive line.
Nebraska hasn't received a commitment from a recruit in more than a month, but hosted several top targets Friday.
Offensive lineman Andrus Peat from Tempe, Ariz., was at the game with his family and walked out next to Pelini after the game. The 6-foot-7, 305-pound five-star prospect is the brother of Nebraska defensive lineman Todd Peat Jr. Andrus Peat has also visited Stanford, and is the No. 18 overall prospect in the country, according to Rivals.com.
Husker linebacker recruit Zaire Anderson was at the game, as was four-star cornerback Marcus Rios from California.
In other recruiting news, Rivals.com is reporting three-star running back King Frazier of Lee's Summit, Mo., is planning to walk on at Nebraska.
One of the loudest cheers in the first half was for a group that wasn't even there. Highlights of the Nebraska volleyball team's win against Iowa on Tuesday, which gave NU its first Big Ten title, were shown on the HuskerVision screens. The volleyball players weren't at the game because they were traveling to Illinois for Saturday's final regular-season match, against Northwestern.