TAMPA BAY, Fla. — The Outback Bowl is off to an ugly start for Iowa.
Playing in rainy conditions, the Hawkeye offense was nowhere to be found in the first half. Iowa gained just 73 first-half yards and trails LSU, 14-0.
The Tigers started with the ball and quickly set the tone for the rest of the half. Running back Jeremy Hill burst for 42 yards on the first play from scrimmage. LSU ran the ball eight consecutive times to open the game, gaining 72 yards and a touchdown on quarterback Anthony Jennings’ 2-yard scramble.
LSU’s other scoring drive came after Iowa punt returner Kevonte Martin-Manley dropped a kick in Hawkeye territory. That led to a 14-yard touchdown rumble by Hill, who finished the first half with 102 yards.
Meanwhile, Jake Rudock looked rattled, completing just 6-of-15 throws for 58 yards with an interception. Mark Weisman carried the ball 8 times for just 14 yards.
Kirk Ferentz told an ESPN sideline reporter that the Hawkeyes had to find a way to move the ball. “We have to be who we are,” he said.