LSU Holds Off Iowa For Outback Bowl Victory
TAMPA, Fla. – What Anthony Jennings lacked in experience, LSU greater than compensated for with a gifted supporting solid in the Outback Bowl.
Jennings made loads of freshman mistakes Wednesday, however they weren't nearly as costly as they might have been for the 14th-ranked Tigers with Jeremy Hill speeding for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 victory.
The second quarterback at school historical past to make his first faculty start in a bowl game, Jennings fretted over an interception that helped Iowa (8-5) get back within the game.
However with the outcome on the line, he merely turned and handed the ball to Hill, who made certain LSU (10-three) would not lose.
"Anthony in his first begin was tight," coach Les Miles mentioned, adding that Jennings learned some lessons shall be useful moving ahead with his career.
"He wasn't excellent by any stretch," Miles stated. "However he did what he needed to do."
Craig Loston's fourth-quarter interception stopped a potential tying drive, giving Hill a chance to place the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92-yard march that gave LSU (10-3) a 21-7 lead.
Iowa (eight-5) pulled inside a touchdown for the second time in 4 minutes after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers four.
Jennings ran for a first-quarter landing, but the true freshman struggled to hit open receivers while completing 7 of 19 passes for eighty two yards. In addition to throwing an interception that Iowa's John Lowdermilk returned seventy one yards, he was sacked four instances whereas standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger.
C.J. Beathard replaced Jake Rudock at quarterback for Iowa on the primary play of the fourth quarter. His fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive, however he additionally tossed a 4-yard TD move to Kevonte Martin-Manley that trimmed Iowa's deficit to 21-14 with 1:forty two remaining.
Lowdermilk set up Iowa's different TD – Mark Weisman's 2-yard run in the third quarter – with his interception return to the LSU 1.
Officers initially ruled Lowdermilk, who was untouched on the return, scored. However the TD was reversed when a replay evaluation decided the Iowa defender dropped the ball before crossing the goal line.
"It was simply an embarrassing play, and that is not Iowa Hawkeye football… I actually remorse it and I apologize," Lowdermilk said. "It was only a sickening feeling throughout. I was simply so comfortable Mark scored. It was a bonehead play on my half."
The victory enabled LSU to complete with at the very least 10 wins for a college-report fourth consecutive season. The loss ended Iowa's three-sport winning streak.
"Our team wanted to create a legacy, and the seniors wanted to be the primary group to win 10 games 4 years in a row. They wanted to win a bowl championship they usually wanted to decide to playing as a crew," Miles stated. "The hard work that each and every man has went by, there was no question they have been going to play exhausting together."
Hill, a 235-pound sophomore who rushed with 1,401 yards and sixteen TDs this season, averaged 7.7 yards per carry on 28 attempts. On the clinching drive, he delivered runs of 2, 28, 20 and, lastly, 37 yards for his second landing. He additionally scored on a 14-yard run within the second quarter.
"Given a chance to shut out a recreation, he is aware of what to do," Miles stated.
"I took it on my shoulders that I wanted to make performs to win the football game," Hill stated. "Great players have that mentality."
Iowa was back in a bowl after staying at house with a four-8 document in 2012. The Hawkeyes' 4 common-season losses got here to nationally ranked Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, groups that took a combined document of 45-6 into the Rose, Orange, Capital One and Poinsettia bowls.
LSU's first trip to Tampa since 1989, when the Outback was often called the Corridor of Fame Bowl, capped one other profitable season underneath Les Miles, however one that fell wanting expectations for a program accustomed to contending for nationwide titles.
Moreover a three-landing loss to Alabama, the Tigers dropped three-level selections to SEC rivals Georgia and Mississippi, while also displaying their potential by being the one group to defeat No. 2 Auburn in the course of the common season.
Jennings came off the bench within the closing minutes to finish a comeback victory over Arkansas in the regular-season finale, main a 99-yard game-profitable drive that he completed with a 49-yard TD cross.
Miles expected Jennings to play effectively, citing poise as one of the 19-12 months-outdated's strongest property. Iowa did not have a lot film to study of the younger quarterback, but Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz stated any newcomer who entered a program such as LSU's and rose to No. 2 on the depth chart as a real freshman figured to have the makings of a star.
And with a proficient supporting cast round him, Jennings didn't have to hold the Tigers on his again Wednesday.
Hill and receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry mixed with Mettenberger this season to make LSU the first staff in SEC historical past to function a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the identical yr. And the Tigers didn't stray from the formula that made them one of the league's prime offenses.
Hill broke a forty two-yard run on his first carry, setting the tone in opposition to an Iowa defense that entered yielding slightly below 121 yards per game dashing and a bit greater than 303 general, third within the Huge Ten and seventh nationally. Seven plays later, Jennings completed a seventy seven-yard drive with his 2-yard TD run.
"It was a gutsy efficiency by Iowa," Miles mentioned. "We had a large amount of respect for them coming in they usually confirmed that respect was effectively earned."