Iowa beat Mississippi State 27-22 in the Outback Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.
5. The Mississippi State defensive front was the truth
The Iowa offensive line was solid all season long.
The running game wasn’t that special, but the Hawkeyes were 12th in the nation in both sacks and tackles for loss allowed. None of that mattered against the SEC’s best defense at getting into the backfield.
The Bulldogs pressured Iowa QB Nate Stanley for most of the game and didn’t allow a thing for a running game that finished with -15 net yards on the ground with a longest run of just seven yards.
Iowa’s offense managed just 1-of-11 third down conversions, struggled to control the clock, and had to rely on a few good touchdown pass plays for any semblance of an offense.
Yeah, the Bulldogs gave up 27 points, but this was still a phenomenal performance. But …