Nebraska is going for bowl eligibility this week for the first time since 2016.

After a 4-8 season in Scott Frost’s first year, the Cornhuskers stand at 5-6 heading into the season finale against Iowa. Though the Hawkeyes will be favored in the game, an upset would be a big boost for Frost and guarantee a bowl game in the postseason.

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Unfortunately, Frost confirmed on Monday that the team will be without senior WR and graduate transfer Kanawai Noa. Frost indicated Noa needed a Meniscus repair and will not be available this week.

Michael Bruntz with Husker 247 shared Frost’s update:

“He’s done,” Frost said of Noa during his Monday press conference. “He needed a meniscus repair, and we won’t have him this week.”…

“Kanawai was a big piece of what we were doing,” Frost said. “He was an absolute delight to coach. He worked hard and was all about the team.”

Noa appeared in eight games for Nebraska this season after a four-year career with California. He recorded 17 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns.