The Tigers got off to a great start even though the weather played a key factor, leaving the stadium's field soft and many seats vacant with rain coming down before the game started. The Tigers led throughout the game with outstanding play by Jeremy Hill, who was the MVP of the game.
Hill had a career high game of 216 yards, two touchdowns and 28 carries. The yards gained today make him the second place Tiger in total yardage for a single season with a total of 1,401 yards for the year. Hill is the first player that has gone over 200 rushing yards in a game since Ally Broussard in 2004.
Hill's statistics also played a part in LSU's bowl game history, being the third most rushing yards in the Outback Bowl's history and LSU's bowl game history. Kevin Faulk has 234 yards in the 1995 Independence Bowl and Rondell Mealey racked up 222 in the 1997 Independence Bowl.
The win gave the LSU Tigers a season end of 10-3 for the year, setting a school record for the fourth straight year of 10 or more wins in a season.
The Tigers were up 14-0 at halftime and returned to the field to find Iowa pepped up, making the third and fourth quarters a little more exciting. Although the Hawkeyes got an interception from LSU's freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, and scored a touchdown, the Tigers didn't give up. Iowa added another touchdown with just two minutes left on the scoreboard.
Both quarterbacks threw interceptions in the game and both starting quarterbacks were sacked. Jake Rudock, Iowa's quarterback was injured in the third quarter and left the game. He completed 9 of 22 passes for a total of 102 yards and was sacked three times. C.J. Beathard, a redshirt freshman, came in to finish the game with 4 of 7 completed passes, a total of 55 yards and a touchdown pass.
Jennings kept his cool at this first start in a game this season and showed good leadership skills going into the 2014-15 season. Jennings threw one interception, completed 7 of 19 passes for a total of 82 yards. He was sacked four times.
Les Miles, head coach of the Tigers had this to say about his team following the win, “They wanted to be part of a legacy. They wanted to be part of a bowl championship. (pause) Really proud of the defense. Played spectacular.”
The Tigers will open the season next year against Wisconsin in Houston, Tx. at the Reliant Stadium on August 30, 2104.