It was all defense from both teams in the first half at the Outback Bowl in Tampa. LSU was able to take advantage of a few Iowa mistakes and leads 14-0 at the half.
LSU started wanting to establish the running game due to the absence of their star quarterback, Zach Mettenberger, who is out with a torn acl. On the opening drive the Tigers ran the ball on all eight of their snaps and drove 77 yards capped off with Anthony Jennings first rushing touchdown of his young career.
Then the offense stalled for the next three drives, but the defense stepped up their game. On Iowa’s first three drives they were held to 25 yards and three punts. In the second quarter, Iowa was putting together a quality drive, but Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock threw his 13th interception this season as LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White made an athletic grab.
With 10:30 left in the half, LSU was punting from deep inside their own territory when Iowa return man Kevonte Martin-Manley mishandled the punt. James Wright jumped on the loose ball to give LSU the ball in great field position. The Tigers were able to capitalize on the Hawkeyes’ mistake as seven plays later, Jeremy Hill found the end zone on a 14 yard touchdown run.
Iowa was held to 73 yards in first half and only 15 of those were rushing. The Hawkeyes had two turnovers, a fumble and an interception. Rudock was 6-15 for 58 yards passsing in the half.
Anthony Jennings struggled throwing the ball in first start, completing just 5 of his 12 passes for 49 yards.
It was all defense in the first half expect the offenses to be a little less stagnant in the second.