Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers safety Craig Loston (6) tackles Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Jacob Hillyer (17) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. LSU Tigers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Outback Bowl Report Cards: Defense

On a day when the offense couldn’t do much of anything, the LSU defense stepped up their game and dominated the contest. The defense was strong from start to finish and led the way for a 21-14 LSU victory. The 14 points weren’t even the defense’s fault. On one of the touchdowns, Iowa began the drive on the LSU half yard line, after Anthony Jennings threw a pick six that the defender dropped before reaching the end zone. The other Iowa score came at the end of the game following a 95 yard kickoff return.

LSU was able to hold Iowa’s passing game to 13 completions on 30 attempts for 156 yards. Tre’DaviousWhite and Craig Loston both pulled in key interceptions to put a stop to Iowa drives.

Iowa has relied heavily on their rushing attack all season long, and the Tigers completely shut it down. The Hawkeyes ran the ball 37 times and only mustered 76 yards. Jeremy Hill alone had 216 rushing yards.

Loston had a sensational night to lead the Tigers’ defense. The senior safety had a team high six solo tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss, and an interception.

The offense has carried this team all year, but with the offense struggling the defense played their best game of the season to lead the Tigers to an Outback Bowl victory.

Defense Outback Bowl grade: A+

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