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Jeremy Hill pushes LSU past Iowa in Outback Bowl

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Iowa threatened, but couldn’t stop Jeremy Hill.

The LSU running back carried 28 times for 216 yards and and two touchdowns, including a 37-yard score late in the fourth quarter, to push the Tigers to a 21-14 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl Wednesday afternoon in Tampa, Fla.

Hill’s touchdown didn’t seal things for LSU, though, despite putting the Tigers up by 14 with just over two minutes left. That’s because Iowa’s Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards to the LSU four, and after an official review overturned a C.J. Beathard fumble to an incomplete pass he hit Kevonte Martin-Manley for a touchdown.

LSU recovered the onside kick to seal a win that wound up being closer than it probably should’ve been. While LSU was without Zach Mettenberger, who tore his ACL in the Tigers’ regular season finale, its offensive and defensive lines dominated the line of scrimmage to the point where the Hawkeyes didn’t have much business being in this game.

As a team, Iowa rushed 37 times for 76 yards, an average of 2.1 yards per carry. Starter Jake Rudock was ineffective (9/22, 102 yards, 1 INT) before suffering an injury late in the third quarter. Beathard, a redshirt freshman, took over for the final 15 minutes and nearly brought the Hawkeyes back into the game — but he threw an interception in the red zone on a fourth-and-one play that likely doomed his team’s comeback chances.

Freshman Anthony Jennings started for LSU and completed seven of 19 passes for 82 yards with an interception.

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13 Responses to “Jeremy Hill pushes LSU past Iowa in Outback Bowl”
  1. drummerhoff says: Jan 1, 2014 4:43 PM

    “Referees put Iowa in a position to be competitive” …

    Wow! Between the bs forward progress call in the first half and the incomplete pass call at the end, the Refs did everything they could to keep it close. The officiating in this OutBack Bowl set college football back.

  2. halbert53 says: Jan 1, 2014 4:45 PM

    Hope Brandon Harris beats out Jennjngs for the QB job in the off season or LSU will be woefull on offense next fall.

  3. omniscient48 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:09 PM

    Jeremy Hill is a monster

  4. cometkazie says: Jan 1, 2014 5:43 PM

    drummerhoff says:
    Jan 1, 2014 4:43 PM
    “Referees put Iowa in a position to be competitive” …
    +-+-+

    Where is the quote from?

    I’m managing to stay away from the TV today. Not much for bowl games. They are for the kids playing and not much more.

  5. hansenbrothers says: Jan 2, 2014 12:32 AM

    You forgot to mention that LSU faked injuries at opportune times to slow down Iowa’s no huddle game.

  6. southernpatriots says: Jan 2, 2014 2:31 AM

    Anthony Jennings started his first game, and played his first full game. He did fairly, except for the INT, but did not lose the game for LSU which could have been done by a QB with less poise.

    LSU dominated the line of scrimmage, both sides, just as they did against Oregon a few years ago. That opened holes for Hill you could just about drive a Mack truck through. LSU’s defense came through with great pressure on Iowa’s pocket and QB.

    LSU needs to buckle down now and get the best athletes as recruits to fill the gaps that will exist when another large exodus happens to the NFL. Critics did not think that LSU’s defense would be much this season with the huge departures last season, but with 4 years in a row 10 wins per year in the toughest division and conference in college football, Miles and company are doing well.

    Allons les Tigres (both LSU and Auburn!)

  7. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 2, 2014 8:51 AM

    I really liked what I saw from LSU’s defense, which was being tempered all season, and no longer rookies in this game. Several missed assignments, but I could also attribute those to the slippery field conditions.

    For one of the top defenses in college football, especially on the run, Iowa’s defensive line was pushed around by LSU’s OL. Iowa’s DL outweighed LSU by 20 to 30 lbs. but did not have the strength or speed to contend with the determined OL of LSU. It is really good to see that.

    Cameron and Miles were not going to repeat the fiasco last season with the Chick Fil-A Bowl and not run Hill in the second half after he performed so well in the first. They stayed with Hill, removed him to give Iowa a different look and keep 6 from keying on him, then inserted him in when Iowa’s defense was not prepared and he mowed them down.

    earz4lsu: You went too far with your comments for a LSU fan. You remind me of a nominal LSU fan who has hidden love for Saban. Saban is recruiting DL, trying here in LA. Your vulgar proclivity toward Miles’ wife was uncalled for and offensive to all wives, including mine who is a true LSU fan and alum. Think about what you post and how it reflects on you and on LSU. There is no edit function on CFT posts, and I don’t think you would like one of the Miles’ children reading your post.

  8. cometkazie says: Jan 2, 2014 9:07 AM

    GatorSnapper,

    You said it much better than I could.

    Thanks.

    Nine months w/o LSU football . . .

    A happy off season to all y’all, Tiger fans or whoever you root for!

    College football is FOOTBALL AFAIC.

    PS: For some reason, last night the Spartans reminded me of LSU. Anyone else feel the connection? Scrap, scrap, put some points on the board and let the defense make them stand.

  9. pfic15 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:21 AM

    Yeah. Jennings has a lot of work ahead of him this summer

  10. tigersgeaux says: Jan 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    LSU broke the trend. Now this is the beginning of a winning streak in bowl games.

    With the recruiting to conclude in a few more days, LSU is well on its way to a great record next season as well.

    cometkazie…that is a similar thought I had. Defense protects the win. Michigan State did do similarly to LSU.

    earz4lsu: &#!>!>! As a female and a wife, I take great offense to your vulgar and uncalled for reference to Mrs. Miles. You are an abusive poster and I am sad you have chosen LSU as your team. I know you don’t have a degree from LSU or even attended classes there or ever worked there because you would treat the University with greater respect and its staff and wives of staff who did not ask to be maligned in your post. I feel bad for the children of Coach Miles and those close friends of Mrs. Miles who may read your post. You need to communicate with the author of this article and ask your post be removed.

  11. cometkazie says: Jan 2, 2014 5:48 PM

    TigersGeaux, you and Gator are much more civil than I could be.

    Thanks both.

  12. southernpatriots says: Jan 3, 2014 11:35 AM

    cometkazie
    alligatorsnapper
    tigersgeaux
    and all

    It is taken care of. No more abusive post. Thanks JT.

    Seeing Alabama get beat the way they were with a redshirt freshmen QB. Their huge OL pushed around and ran through and around to put McCarron down 7 times when he had only gone down 10 times all season! The difference between the demeanor of the two coaches on the sidelines was startling also. Who picked Oklahoma to beat Alabama? It just goes to show on a given night… I think the only SEC game left is Missouri v. OK State? At this point we are 5 – 2.

    I want to wish all a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!

  13. tigersgeaux says: Jan 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    Thank you JT. We just don’t need those kind of posters here.

    I am encouraged by the recruiting for LSU also. I wondered what we would do now that Hill is going NFL, but that may now be taken care of, and I would like to see other recruits to strengthen the lines and secondary on the defense.

    A great win. I guess we should relish that for some time.

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