B1G gives Hawks and Huskers the go-ahead

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Big Ten has approved the request from Nebraska and Iowa to move their 2013 football game to the day after Thanksgiving in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska and Iowa met on the day after Thanksgiving in both 2011 and 2012, Nebraska’s first two years in the Big Ten. The 2013 game will mark the 24th straight season Nebraska has played on the day after Thanksgiving.

“We’re excited about playing our annual football game with Nebraska on the Friday after Thanksgiving for a number of reasons,” said Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta. “This provides the student-athletes who have already lost the opportunity to spend the holiday at home with their families two days away from football.

“In addition, the Friday television window provides great exposure for our program. We greatly appreciate the adjustments in schedules that our fans, and those who help us stage the game in Iowa City every other year, will have to make.”

Approval came from the league’s Conference Administrators Council. Time and television information for the Nov. 29 game will be announced later.

The Cornhuskers and Hawkeyes met in the Hy-Vee Heroes Game on Black Friday in each of the past two seasons, with Nebraska winning 20-7 in 2011 in Lincoln and 13-7 last season in Iowa City.

The Hy-Vee Heroes Game has raised $20,000 for the American Red Cross over the last two years.

Nebraska holds a 28-12-3 advantage in the series. The teams have met just eight times since 1946.

The original Big Ten schedule had the teams playing the Saturday after Thanksgiving.