TAMPA, FLORIDA (KWWL) — It was far from easy for the Hawkeyes trailing in the 6-3 in the second quarter. But Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley makes the right read and hits a wide open Nick Easley for a 75 yard touchdown pass to give Iowa its first lead and momentum.
NATE STANLEY/IOWA QUARTERBACK
I don’t know it they messed up their coverage with the play fake–guy bit on the run action and Nick did the rest he did a good job at not getting caught from behind.”
Nick EASLEY/Outback MVP
With the play action how aggressive their defense is they kind of bit on the play fake and Nate did a really good job of finding me down the seam put a really good ball on me,”
The Hawkeye Defense comes up with its first big play of the game….AJ Epenesa with a nice move and strip of Bulldog quarterback Nick Fitzgerald—the part time Hawkeye making an impact.
AJ EPENESA/IOWA DEFENSIVE END
“Work it all the time I work the swipe–double swipe bent the edge and tried to get the ball back to our offense–that is what we want to do as a defense give the ball back to our offense.”
Stanley throws his second touchdown pass of the game—a 15 yard strike to Ihmir Smith-Marsette…. Iowa LEADS 17-6 at halftime.
In the second half—two Hawkeye turnovers in the first four minutes of the third quarter lead to 13 Bulldog-points as Mississippi State regains the lead 19-17.
But the Hawkeye defense comes up with another big turnover…Chauncey Golston picks off Fitzgerald….in Bulldog territory
This sets up Stanley’s third touchdown pass of the game—and second to Nick Easley Iowa leads 24-19.
The Hawkeye defense makes it hold up—Iowa wins its 3rd Outback Bowl under Kirk Ferentz…27-22
KIRK FERENTZ/Iowa Head coach
“Most importantly to me we were all focused to send our 14 seniors out on a good note that was important today we are proud to win this game it came hard like it was supposed to sure we are going to enjoy it tonight we are going to enjoy Tampa…..”
Senior Nick Easley wins game MVP after catching 8 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa finished the season 9-4.