LSU was forced to start true freshman Anthony Jennings at quarterback after Zach Mettenberger tore his acl in the regular season finale against Arkansas. Someone needed to step up for the Tigers and Jeremy Hill did just that. Hill was able to gash through the Hawkeyes’ defense, something few other running backs have been able to do all season.
In what was possibly his last game in a LSU uniform, Hill carried the team with 216 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on 28 rushing attempts. He showed his incredible power and toughness on both of his touchdown runs, busting through Iowa defenders to get to the end zone.
What was even more incredible about his performance was he was able to produce with Iowa expecting the run. LSU ran the ball on 51 of their 71 plays and Iowa adjusted their defense accordingly. It didn’t matter how the Hawkeyes lined up, Hill continued to get yardage.
Hill received little help from the other running backs. Alfred Blue received seven carries but averaged less than four yards a rush.
Terrence Magee was a big disappointment. It has been a breakout season for Magee. He has a couple of huge games this season and has been a valuable part of the LSU offense. However, he struggled mightily in the Outback Bowl. He had just 12 rushing yards on 7 carries.
Magee and Blue didn’t provide much assistance, but Hill did enough for all the running backs. It would be a tough blow to the LSU offense if he decides to leave early for the NFL draft.
Running backs Outback Bowl grade: A+