Iowa was outgained on the ground by 205 yards, still defeats Mississippi State 27-22
The Outback Bowl between Iowa and Mississippi State was certainly an odd one.
Action-packed plays and five total turnovers took place in this B1G-SEC clash and the Hawkeyes were the ones who came out victorious. Quarterback Nate Stanley completed 21-of-31 passes for 214 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT in the win.
One statistic that didn’t go Iowa’s way, however, was in the rushing category. The Hawkeyes, historically, like to have an effective running game. That certainly wasn’t the case this bowl season.
In fact, Mississippi State had 190 rushing yards in this game. Iowa had -15. That’s right, -15.
And, it wasn’t because of a massive negative number from sacks. Stanley had -18 yards rushing, but, the rest of the team just had 3 yards combined. The leader was sophomore RB Toren Young, who took 3 carries for 7 yards.
Hey, whatever it takes to win, right?