FOOTBALL

No. 14 LSU holds off Iowa in Outback Bowl

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU running back Jeremy Hill rushes against Iowa's James Morris in the Tigers' 21-14 victory in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts.  
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TAMPA, Fla. - Jeremy Hill scored twice and carried the 14th-ranked LSU football team to its school-record fourth-straight 10-win season, as the Tigers beat Iowa on New Year's Day, 21-14, in the 2014 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

LSU (10-3) broke a two-game bowl skid and improved to 23-21-1 all-time in bowl play.

Hill, the game's Most Valuable Player, ran 28 times for a career-best 216 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Tiger to total more than 200 yards rushing since Alley Broussard in 2004.

Hill's yardage was the third-most in LSU bowl history behind Kevin Faulk (234 yards in 1995 Independence Bowl) and Rondell Mealey (222 yards in 1997 Independence Bowl), and third-most in Outback Bowl history.

The Tigers built a 14-0 first-half lead and never trailed, though Iowa (8-5) made it interesting with a drive into the LSU redzone and a late 92-yard kickoff return in the final five minutes. However, LSU's defense capped a terrific performance with an interception to keep the Hawkeyes at bay.

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, who started his first game as a true freshman, completed 7-of-19 passes for 82 yards.

The Tigers converted 10-of-21 third downs and held the ball for 34:52, while Iowa managed only 6-of-19 and 25:06. LSU held a 302-233 advantage in total offense.

Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock left the game in the third quarter with an injury in the third quarter after completing 9-of-22 passes for 102 yards.

The Hawkeyes had only 76 net yards rushing on 37 attempts, as Mark Weisman led the way with 37 yards and Jordan Canzeri added 34.