Garrett Nelson has been on the wrong side of too many losses to Iowa. A member of Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class, Nelson was 0-3 in the Heroes Game with those losses coming by 7 points or less.

Fortunately, Nelson was able to flip the script this time around. He came up with 4 total tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries in the win over the Hawkeyes.

After the game, he admitted he had been thinking about this one for a long time:

“Long time coming. I’ve thought about it for a while,” said Nelson. “Wow. No words.”

As for quarterback Casey Thompson, he revealed he did not know the Heroes Trophy existed until Saturday. But he also admitted it was “big” to get the chance to take the trophy away from Iowa.