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            === Hill leads No. 14 LSU over Iowa in Outback Bowl ===
 
 Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 216 yards
 and  two touchdowns  to lead No. 14 LSU  to a 21-14 win over Iowa, in the 28th
 annual Outback Bowl.
 
 After  losing  senior quarterback Zach  Mettenberger in  the final game of the
 season  to a  torn ACL, the Tigers  (10-3) were forced to rely heavily on Hill
 and  a defensive  unit that  forced  three turnovers  (two interceptions,  one
 fumble).
 
 Hill was named the game's MVP.
 
 Freshman  quarterback  Anthony Jennings  struggled in  his first career start,
 completing  just  7-of-19 passes for 82  yards with an interception while also
 rushing for a score.
 
 With the victory, LSU set a school record with its fourth straight season with
 at least 10 wins.
 
 "Our team wanted to create a legacy, and the seniors wanted to be the first
 group to win 10 games four years in a row. They wanted to win a bowl
 championship and they wanted to commit to playing as a team," LSU head coach
 Les Miles said. "The hard work that each and every guy has went through, there
 was no question they were going to play hard together."
 
 Jake Rudock started the game under center for the Hawkeyes (8-5), but left the
 game  in the second  half with an apparent leg injury. He was 9-for-22 passing
 for 102 yards and an interception before exiting.
 
 C.J.  Beathard  replaced Rudock and  threw for 55 yards  and a score on 4-of-7
 passing,  and  Mark Weisman rushed  for a score for  Iowa, which had won three
 straight entering the contest.
 
 "LSU made a lot of big plays today and did what they had to do to get the
 victory," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "It was a hard fought game out
 there. I am proud of our football team, they competed hard today. We came up
 short today, but credit them."
 
 Jennings  got the  Tigers  on the  board  just over  four  minutes in  without
 attempting  a  pass. Hill  rushed for 60  yards on five  carries on the drive,
 including a 42-yard scamper on the game's first play from scrimmage.
 
 After  Kenny  Hilliard was stopped on  the Iowa 2-yard line, Jennings followed
 his blockers into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
 
 Hill's first score came at the 7:23 mark of the second. Iowa had forced an LSU
 punt,  but  Kevonte Martin-Manley muffed  the punt  at the Hawkeyes' 39. After
 Hill  picked up a first down on 3rd-and-short inside the Iowa 20, he ran it in
 from  14 yards  out, bouncing off tacklers before carrying a pair of defenders
 across the goal line.
 
 Iowa  finally got  on the board with  just under six minutes left in the third
 quarter. John Lowdermilk picked off Jennings and returned for what appeared to
 be  a pick-six.  Lowdermilk, though, dropped the ball before crossing the goal
 line  and the  Hawkeyes took over on the 1-yard line. On 3rd-and-goal, Weisman
 ran it in to make it 14-7.
 
 Late  in  the fourth,  Hill  capped  off  his  impressive performance  with  a
 highlight-reel  37-yard  touchdown run.  Hill got things  started on the drive
 with  runs  of 28 and  20 yards  on consecutive plays  before coming out for a
 breather.  On 3rd-and-5,  Hill burst through the line of scrimmage and bounced
 off Iowa players before breaking free for the score.
 
 Jordan  Cotton  returned the ensuing kickoff  96 yards to the LSU 4-yard line,
 and two plays later Beathard found Martin-Manley for the score.
 
 The  Hawkeyes were unable  to recover the onside kick, but almost got the ball
 back at midfield with eight seconds left.
 
 LSU had lined up in the victory formation on fourth down and time winding down
 before  a Tigers' player  called a timeout to prevent LSU from turning it over
 on downs at midfield.
 
 Jamie  Keehn  then punted it  out of the  timeout, and after several laterals,
 Christian Kirksey was taken down at the 24 to seal the win.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Hill tied an LSU record with his seventh 100-yard rushing game this season ...
 LSU star defensive tackle Ego Furgeson was not with team because of a "medical
 issue"  ... LSU has  appeared in 14 straight bow games ... The Tigers are 41-2
 under  Les Miles  in games against non-conference opponents since 2005 ... LSU
 improved  to 23-21-1  all-time in  bowl games  ... The  only previous  meeting
 between the teams came in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005, when Iowa came away
 with a 30-25 victory ... Iowa has appeared in a bowl game in 11 of the past 13
 years ... The Hawkeyes are 14-12-1 all-time in bowl games.
 
 01/01 20:58:37 ET

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