The final 21-14 final score in the Outback Bowl was not reflective of how much LSU dominated Iowa in this afternoon’s game from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Jeremy Hill turned in a dominating effort in what may be his final game in an LSU uniform as he has a difficult decision to make on whether he should return for his third season or enter the NFL draft.
Hill did it all today for LSU and Iowa couldn’t bring him down no matter how many defenders jumped on his back. Hill carried LSU today to the tune of a career-high 216 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns.
His 37-yard run with 2:02 remaining gave a LSU a 21-7 lead which looked like the final nail in the coffin for Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa Hawkeyes, but Iowa took the ensuing kickoff all the way to the LSU four-yard line on the longest kick return in Outback Bowl history.
Six plays later Iowa reached the end zone to make it a seven-point game with 1:42 remaining, but did not recover the onside kick and LSU was able to run out the clock and escape with the Outback Bowl win.
With Anthony Jennings making his first career start, the offense was very conservative against a stout Hawkeye defense and was only 7/19 passing for 82 yards and a costly interception which led to Iowa’s lone touchdown.
The LSU defense looked ferocious today as they allowed 2.1 yards per rush, forced three turnovers and on the two touchdowns they allowed, Iowa started their drives inside the one and on the four yard lines.
Anthony Johnson played his best game of the year, Lamin Barrow was all over the field and Craig Loston looked as healthy as he’s been all year.
With injured quarterback, Zach Mettenberger under center I think this game would have been much more of a blowout, but credit to Iowa’s defense for their never-say-die attitude that had them in the game until the final 100 seconds.
However, despite the limited opportunities for Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, LSU was able to rely on their workhorse running back who endeared himself to NFL talent evaluators today.
LSU continues their string of 10-win seasons and finish 10-3 while Iowa falls to 8-5.