Rob Report: Outback Bowl

Iowa finished off a resilient season on Thursday with a 31-10 victory against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. HN senior writer Rob Howe took in the action from the press box and filed this report from Raymond James Stadium.

TAMPA - Game notes and observations from the 2009 Outback Bowl here at Raymond James Stadium.

All Dressed Up: Iowa players in uniform for the game against the Gamecocks -

QB: Stanzi, Christensen, Wienke, Vandenberg.

RB: Brinson, Morse, Murphy, Hampton, Leppert, O'Meara, Greene,

WR: McNutt, Evans, Brodell, Kuchel, Prater, DJK, Chaney, Sandeman,

TE: Spading, Reisner, Moeaki, Furlong, Gimm, Myers, Peterson, Sabers, Herman, Griggs

OL: Bulaga, Haganmann, Meade, McMillan, Ferentz, Koeppel, Eubanks, Olsen, Doering, Gettis, Postler, Zusevics, Calloway, Bruggeman, Vandervelde, Reiff, Aeschliman.

DL: King, Daniels, Klug, Narinskiy, Binns, Kroul, Semmes, Gaglione, Blum, Clayborn, Ballard, Geary, Daniel,

LB: Johnson, Davis, Staten, Hunter, Edds, Coleman, McGrath, Angerer, Nielsen, Tarpinian, Tillison, Donatell

DB: Fletcher, Sash, Spievey, Greenwood, Cato, Morrow, Bernstine, Lowe, Swanson, Gardner, Prater, Conklin, Castillo, Herbst, Rowell.

ST: Guthrie. Murray, Donahue, Mossbrucker, Schulze

Injury Report: Offensive lineman Wes Aeschliman dressed for the game for the first time since dislocating his hip at Illinois.

Lineman Andy Kuempel was not in uniform. That was announced before the game.

After catching his first TD of the season in the first quarter, Trey Stross had his right arm placed in a sling. He broke his collar bone.

Olsen limped off the field early in the fourth quarter, but returned after missing two plays.


-Ferentz walked to the locker room after warm-ups with Murray. He appeared to be asking about how the wind was affecting kicks.

-For the first time this season, McNutt did not take any QB reps in the pre-game warm-ups. He worked out with the second team as a receiver.

-SC won the coin toss and elected to defer. O'Meara and Hampton dropped back to receive.

-Iowa's opening drive covered 64 yards on 13 plays in 7:21 and culminated in a 6-yard TD pass from Stanzi to Stross. It represented Stross' first TD of the season.

-After Sash's first interception, Iowa went 18 yards in 5 plays taking 1:58 off the clock. The drive ended in with a Greene 1-yard TD run. Shonn broke the single-season rushing TD school record with his 18th.

-Ballard forced a first-quarter fumble that was recovered by Sash. Murray missed a 45-yarder after the Hawkeyes' drive sputtered with incomplete passes and a false start penalty by Vandervelde.

-Greene got up after a first-down run in the second quarter and was pointing a finger at some of the SC defenders and appeared to be speaking to them. The Gamecocks were talking to him quite a bit early in the game.

-On its third scoring drive, Iowa traveled 80 yards in nine plays and 4:59. The march ended with a 1-yard TD plunge by Greene and gave the Hawkeyes a 21-0 lead with 8:09 remaining in the first half.

-Former Hawkeyes Brian Ferentz, Mike Elgin, Brad Banks…watched the game from the Iowa sideline.

-Hunter recovered the fumble on Sash's second INT return.

-South Carolina's punt with 2:05 remaining in the first half was the first of the game for either team.

-Stanzi finished his first season as the starter with 14 TDS and nine INTs. He had one and two, respectively, on Thursday.

-With two interceptions in the Outback, Sash tied Angerer for the team lead this season with five.

-Fletcher caused the early second-half fumble and Edds recovered it.

-Doering replaced Vandervelde at guard for one play in the second quarter after the latter ran to the sideline with a equipment issue on his helmet. Doering also stepped in for two plays in the fourth quarter when Olsen limped off.

-After SC turned it over on an early second-half fumble, the Hawkeyes marched 42 yards on 10 plays in 5:28 and topped it off with an 18-yard field goal from Murray. Iowa had a 24-0 lead with 9:03 remaining in the second quarter.

-The announced attendance was 55,117.

-South Carolina appeared to score its first points of the game late in the third quarter when Succop kicked the ball through the uprights from 46 yards. But the Gamecocks were called for an illegal formation and Succop came up short from 51.

-Iowa's fifth scoring drive covered 66 yards in nine plays and 4:56 minutes. Greene capped it with an 11-yard TD run, his 20th of the season, giving the Hawkeyes a 31-0 lead with :04 to play in the third quarter.

-South Carolina's touchdown with 13:35 to play in the fourth quarter were the first points scored against the Hawkeyes since Purdue's Painter hit Orton on a TD pass in the final period of their Nov. 15 game. The scoreless stretch covered more than seven quarters. Iowa scored 86 points during that time.  

-Greene became the second Hawkeye to win Outback MVP honors, joining Fred Russell who captured it in 2003.

-Iowa defense forced five turnovers. The three interceptions tie a team bowl record. The Hawkeyes picked off the same numbers in the 2001 Alamo against Texas Tech.

-Greene's 1,850 rushing yards ranks as the fifth best total in Big Ten history. His three rushing touchdowns on Thursday were a Hawkeye bowl record.

-Greene ran for 100 or more yards in all 13 games this season. He was the only running back in Division I to do that this season. He gained 121 yards on 29 carries on Thursday.

-Kroul started his 50th game in a row for the Hawkeyes. He set the school record.

-Angerer led Iowa with six tackles, while Hunter, Fletcher and Sash each chipped in with four.

-Iowa won nine games for the first time since ‘04. The program has recorded at least nine wins 12 times in its history, including five times under Ferentz.

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