(TAMPA) — Jeremy Hill dominated on the ground while fourth quarter interception prevented a game-tying drive as No. 16 LSU defeated Iowa, 21-14 in the Outback Bowl.
With Iowa trailing 14-7 and threatening, Craig Loston picked-off Hawkeyes quarterback C.J. Beathard to prevent the tying score. Hill then rushed for 87-yards and a touchdown on the ensuing drive to put the game out of reach. The sophomore running back finished the game with 216 yards and a pair of scores.
LSU (10-3) was without their usual starting quarterback in Zach Mettenberger, who tore his ACL in December, and relied on Anthony Jennings who was making his first career start. The freshman only threw for 82 yards but did have a running score in his debut.
The Hawkeyes (8-5) were paced by starting quarterback Jake Rudock who threw for just 102 yards and an interception prior to being pulled in favor of Beathard. Beathard did throw a 4-yard touchdown pass late in the game to close the deficit to seven.
With their win, LSU has now won at least ten games in a program record four straight years while Hill tied the school mark for 100-yard rushing games in a single season with seven.
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