Hawkeyes defeat Bulldogs in first-ever meeting in Outback Bowl

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Iowa Hawkeyes defeated No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Hawkeyes won 27-22 over the Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The Hawkeyes ended their season with a 9-4 record. They ended their season on a three-game win streak.

Iowa improved to 16-15-1 in Bowl games all-time. They have won two straight Bowl games.

Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Nick Easley makes a reception in front of Boston College Eagles’ Taj-Amir Torres
Nick Easley makes a reception in front of Boston College Eagles’ Taj-Amir Torres (Getty Images)

The Bulldogs fell to 8-5 to end their first season under head coach Joe Moorhead. The loss snapped their two-game win streak.

Mississippi State fell to 13-9 all-time in Bowl games.The loss snapped their three-game Bowl win streak.

Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley went 21 of 31 for 214 yards. He also had three touchdowns and one interception.

Toren Young had three carries for seven yards.

Nick Easley had eight receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns. T.J. Hockenson had three receptions for 43 yards. Brandon Smith had three receptions for 33 yards. Ihmir Smith-Marsette had four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went 14 of 32 for 152 yards. He also had a touchdown and two interceptions.

Fitzgerald had 20 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. Kylin Hill also had 12 carries for 43 yards.

Stephen Guidry had a 51-yard reception. Osirus Mitchell had two receptions for 42 yards. Aeris Williams had three receptions for 19 yards. Hill had three receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown.

Iowa had 10 points in the second half. Stanley hit Easley for an eight-yard touchdown reception. Miguel Recinos made a 40-yard field goal.

Mississippi State had 16 points in the second half. Fitzgerald hit Hill for a one-yard touchdown reception. Fitzgerald also scored on a 33-yard rushing touchdown.

Jace Christmann also made a 20-yard field goal.

The Hawkeyes led 17-6 at halftime. Stanley hit Easley for a 75-yard touchdown reception. Stanley hit Smith-Marsette had a 15-yard touchdown reception.

Recinos also made a 44-yard field goal.

Bulldogs’ Christmann made two field goals.

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