Several LSU players played phenomenally against Iowa to help the Tigers win the Outback Bowl. On Thursday, ESPN released their 2013-14 All-Bowl Team with the LSU Tigers placing three on the team.
Outside of Florida State, who won the BCS National Championship, no school had more than three selected to the list.
La’el Collins was one of two offensive tackles to be selected after Collins anchored the offensive line that controlled the game against Iowa and opened holes for Jeremy Hill to run roughshod.
LSU asked a lot of their line in the Outback bowl with Zach Mettenberger out with a torn acl, Cam Cameron and Les Miles primarily kept the ball on the ground. The offensive line responded in a big way as they gave Anthony Jennings plenty of time in the pocket in his first career start.
Not too mention they paved huge holes for Jeremy Hill to have one of the best games of career. Which brings us to the next LSU Tiger on the All-Bowl Team.
Iowa had a great run defense all season but someone must have forgotten to tell Hill who went off on the Iowa defense rushing for a career high 216 yards and two touchdowns. The passing game was struggling under Jennings, but Hill was able to shoulder the load to help the Tigers pick up the victory.
What a special season it could have been for senior safety Craig Loston. He was All-SEC second team as a junior and was expected to anchor a defense that lost a lot of talent to the NFL draft. Unfortunately, he missed three full games due to injury and was not 100 percent for several others.
The long layoff from the Arkansas game to the bowl game must have been good for him because he had the best game of his career. Loston led the LSU defense that shut down the Iowa offense to only 233 yards.
During the game, Loston made a huge hit jar the ball free from an Iowa wide receiver on a reverse pass that would have given a lot of momentum to the Hawkeyes. He also came up with a huge interception on the LSU six-yard line, with the Tigers clinging to a seven point advantage. Loston had a team high six solo tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack.
It was a great bowl performance by LSU as a whole and an even better showing by these three Tigers that led their team to victory.