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LSU Beats Iowa in the Outback Bowl, 21-14


The 14th-ranked LSU drove to its school-record fourth-straight 10-win season, as the Tigers beat Iowa on New Year’s Day, 21-14 in the Outback Bowl.

RB Jeremy Hill was named the MVP of the Outback Bowl after he carried the ball 28 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns. The yard total is a career high, surpassing the 184 he had against Auburn this season. He has rushed for a touchdown in 10 of his 12 games this season and he recorded his 15th rushing touchdown of the year with a 14-yard score at the 7:23 mark of the second quarter. He added his 16th rushing TD of the
season on a 37-yard scamper with 2:02 left in the game. 


Hill’s 16 rushing TDs rank fourth on LSU’s single-season list, and his 28 career rushing TDs are good enough for seventh place on LSU’s career list. 


Hill’s 216 rushing yards are: 1) the most in a game by an LSU player since Alley Broussard set the school record with 250 yards against Ole Miss on Nov. 20, 2004. 2) the third-most in Outback Bowl history. 3) the third-most in a bowl game in LSU history behind Kevin Faulk (234 yards vs. Michigan State, 1995 Independence Bowl) and Rondell Mealey (222 yards vs. Notre Dame, 1997 Independence Bowl). 4) the eighth-most in a single game in school history.


Hill’s 216 rushing yards on Wednesday gives him 1,401 yards for the season. He now ranks No. 2 on LSU’s all-time single-season list with his 1,401 rushing yards in 2013, surpassing Dalton Hilliard (1,268; 1984), Kevin Faulk (1,279; 1998) and Faulk again (1,282; 1996). Hill finished only behind Charles Alexander who had 1,686 yards in 1977.


Hill’s 216 rushing yards was his first 200-yard rushing game of the season, seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season and 11th 100-yard rushing game of his career. He is the fourth player to accumulate 11 career 100-yard rushing games, and he is tied for first place on the school single-season list for 100-yard games. The other LSU players with seven 100-yard games in one season are Kevin Faulk (1996), Charles Alexander (1977) and Steve Van Buren (1943).

Senior WR James Wright recovered a muffed punt early in the second quarter, his second special teams recovery this season. He forced and recovered a fumble on a kickoff against TCU in the Cowboys Classic on Aug. 31.

True freshman CB Tre’Davious White recorded his second interception of the season with 11:52 remaining in the second quarter. The interception led to an LSU scoring drive capped by Jeremy Hill’s 14-yard TD run.

P Jamie Keehn finished with a career-high 10 punts for a 46.9-yard average, a long of 56 and four downed inside the Iowa 20.

QB Anthony Jennings scored his second rushing TD of the season on a three-yard scoring run with 10:59 remaining in the first quarter. His first rushing TD of the year was a one-yard QB sneak against Florida on October 12. Jennings finished the game 7-of-19 passing for 82 yards in his first career start.

LB D.J. Welter recorded his second career sack with 2:57 remaining in the second quarter. His first sack came on Sept. 14 of this season vs. Kent State in Tiger Stadium.

WR Odell Beckham Jr. extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 27 after he finished with two catches for 35 yards.
He has also caught at least one pass in 38 of 40 career games played.
With his 93 total yards this afternoon (35 receiving, 19 punt return, 39 kickoff return), Beckham Jr. improved his single-season school record to 2,315 yards in 2013. He finished the season ranked second on the SEC’s single-season list for all-purpose yardage with his 2,315 yards only trailing Randall Cobb (Kentucky, 2010) 2,396 yards.
Beckham Jr. moved up to No. 3 on LSU’s all-time single-season list for receiving yards with 1,152 yards on the year. Jarvis Landry finished the year ranked third in LSU single-season receiving yards with 1,193.

DE Danielle Hunter recorded his third sack of the season early in the third quarter – he also recorded a solo sack this season vs. Texas A&M and half-sacks against Ole Miss and TCU.

S Craig Loston recorded his third interception of the season with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter. It is his seventh career interception.



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