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Appleby shines, No. 20 Florida beats Iowa in Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) No. 20 Florida dominated the Outback with stingy defense and a persistent offense that did its job, too.

Chauncey Gardner, Jr., returned one of his two fourth-quarter interceptions 58 yards for a touchdown, and graduate transfer Austin Appleby threw for 222 yards and two TDs to pace Monday's 30-3 rout of No. 21 Iowa.

With Gardner grabbing game MVP honors, the Gators (9-4) held up their end of what many expected to be a day defense ruled , especially considering Florida entered ranked 115th in the nation in total offense - five spots ahead of the sputtering Hawkeyes.

Conversely, the teams were sixth and 24th, respectively, in total defense.

''The MVP, it goes to our guys up front, the linebackers and the coaching staff because they put me in good position to make plays. ... It should be a team MVP,'' Gardner said. ''Our motto is just go out there and have fun, and play our game.''

Mark Thompson scored on an 85-yard pass play in the first half and Appleby, who spent the past four seasons at Purdue, tossed a 6-yard TD pass to DeAndre Goolsby to break the game open late in the third quarter.

Florida (9-4) rebounded from lopsided losses to archrival Florida State and No. 1 Alabama, scoring more points on Iowa (8-5) than the Hawkeyes allowed to Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska combined while ending the regular season on a three-game winning streak.

''It was a tough day for our football team,'' Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. ''Our team really had a good month, they practiced and prepared well. I'm not sure there's a thing I'd go back and change. Ultimately, we didn't play well enough to come up with a victory.''

Iowa's C.J. Beathard led an early field goal drive and managed to get his team close to the end zone on two other occasions. Florida's defense stiffened both times, stopping the Hawkeyes on downs at the Gator 3 in the second quarter and forcing them to settle for a 30-yard field goal that sailed wide right midway through the third quarter.

Appleby, who actually began his career at Purdue against Iowa, shrugged off throwing interceptions on Florida's first two drives of the day to finish 14 of 25 passing.

''We didn't panic early. We knew Iowa would come out swinging and make some plays on us early,'' Appleby said. ''We had some bad luck, but didn't panic, and the defense made some stops and we got on a roll.''

Akrum Wadley ran for 115 yards, giving Iowa a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season for the first time. The junior finished with 1,081, and LeShun Daniels wound up with 1,058 after gaining 45 Monday.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: The Gators could be looking at having to replace at least three stalwarts on defense - tackle Caleb Brantley and cornerbacks Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson - who are expected to leave school early to enter the NFL draft. Linebacker Alex Anzalone and defensive back Duke Dawson also are considering turning pro.

Iowa: Like Florida's Tabor and Wilson, cornerback Desmond King is a likely high NFL draft pick. He won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back as a junior and was just as good this year, though opponents' reluctance to throw his way - three interceptions this season vs. eight in 2015 - may have hurt his chances to win the award again as a senior. The Hawkeyes will also lose quarterback C.J. Beathard, who finished his career 21-7 as a starter.

TURNING POINT

Beathard directed the best drive of the game by either team, moving Iowa from its own 36 to inside the Florida 10 with help from runs of 27 yards by Akrum Wadley and 11 yards by LeShun Daniels, plus an 18-yard pass to tight end George Kittle on third-and-14 from the Gators 28. Three plays later, Beathard dropped back to throw before scrambling for a 6-yard gain near the goal line. The Hawkeyes thought he scored, but officials ruled him down at the 1. Daniels was dropped for a 2-yard loss on fourth down. Florida snapped the 3-3 tie less than six minutes later, when Thompson scored on the longest reception and TD in Outback Bowl history.

''That was big. Momentum definitely switched in their favor after that,'' Wadley said. ''But that was just one drive. A football game is four quarters, and we had to bounce back.''

UP NEXT

Florida: Opens next season Sept. 2 against Michigan in Arlington, Texas.

Iowa: Wyoming visits Iowa City for season opener on Sept. 2.

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Key Players
A. Appleby 12 QB
222 YDs, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
A. Wadley 25 RB
115 YDs, 0 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:02
15-E.Pineiro 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-29
yds
01:34
pos
30
3
Field Goal 9:51
15-E.Pineiro 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-58
yds
01:20
pos
27
3
Point After TD 14:44
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
3
Touchdown 14:56
16-C.Beathard incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 23-C.Gardner at FLA 42. 23-C.Gardner runs 58 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
58
yds
0:00
pos
23
3
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:48
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
3
Touchdown 0:48
12-A.Appleby complete to 30-D.Goolsby. 30-D.Goolsby runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
91
yds
06:47
pos
16
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:46
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 1:46
12-A.Appleby complete to 24-M.Thompson. 24-M.Thompson runs 85 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
85
yds
00:16
pos
9
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:47
15-E.Pineiro 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
10
yds
03:09
pos
3
3
Field Goal 9:00
3-K.Duncan 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
9
yds
1:21
pos
0
3
1st Downs 12 14
Rushing 6 9
Passing 6 3
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 6-15 4-16
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 350 233
Total Plays 57 65
Avg Gain 6.1 3.6
Net Yards Rushing 109 171
Rush Attempts 32 41
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 4.2
Net Yards Passing 241 62
Comp. - Att. 14-25 7-24
Yards Per Pass 9.6 2.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-19 1-7
Penalties - Yards 8-60 1-10
Touchdowns 3 0
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 1 0
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 2 3
Punts - Avg 4-45.5 7-39.3
Return Yards 152 91
Punts - Returns 2-41 1-19
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 2-70
Int. - Returns 3-111 2-2
Kicking 6/6 1/2
Extra Points 3/3 0/0
Field Goals 3/3 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
17 Florida 9-43771330
Iowa 8-530003
241 PASS YDS 62
109 RUSH YDS 171
350 TOTAL YDS 233
Florida
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Appleby 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 222 2 2 141.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.8% 1447 10 7 128.0
A. Appleby 14/25 222 2 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Scarlett 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 94 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 94 0
J. Scarlett 14 94 0 46
L. Perine 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 19 0
L. Perine 7 19 0 4
A. Callaway 81 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
A. Callaway 1 6 0 6
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
68 299 2
M. Thompson 2 4 0 7
A. Appleby 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 -11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 -45 0
A. Appleby 6 -11 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 85 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 105 1
M. Thompson 1 85 1 85
A. Callaway 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 55 0
A. Callaway 7 55 0 34
D. Goolsby 30 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 27 1
D. Goolsby 2 27 1 21
F. Swain 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 118 2
F. Swain 1 24 0 24
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 16 0
T. Cleveland 1 16 0 16
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 15 0
B. Powell 2 15 0 8
A. Fulwood 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 112 1
A. Fulwood 0 0 0 0
C. Lewis 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 184 2
C. Lewis 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Harris 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 2 0.0
M. Harris 9-0 0.0 0
V. Joseph 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
V. Joseph 6-0 0.0 0
D. McMillian 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
D. McMillian 5-1 0.0 1
J. Ivie 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Ivie 4-0 0.0 0
C. Jefferson 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Jefferson 3-0 0.0 0
C. Brantley 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
C. Brantley 3-0 1.0 0
Q. Wilson 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
Q. Wilson 2-0 0.0 0
J. Zuniga 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Zuniga 2-0 0.0 0
K. Clark 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Clark 2-1 0.0 0
J. Polite 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Polite 2-0 0.0 0
C. Gardner 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 3 0.0
C. Gardner 1-1 0.0 2
T. Bryan 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Bryan 1-0 0.0 0
K. Davis 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
D. Dawson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Dawson 1-0 0.0 0
T. Tabor 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Tabor 1-0 0.0 0
C. Garcia 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
C. Garcia 1-3 0.0 0
G. Jarriel 43 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Jarriel 1-0 0.0 0
D. Reese 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Reese 1-0 0.0 0
R. Jackson 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
M. Norvelis 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Norvelis 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Pineiro 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
21/25 32/32
E. Pineiro 3/3 48 3/3 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Townsend 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
64 47.9 2
J. Townsend 4 45.5 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Callaway 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 21 0
A. Callaway 2 20.5 21 0
Iowa
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Beathard 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
30.4% 55 0 3 24.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
30.4% 55 0 3 24.4
C. Beathard 7/23 55 0 3
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
N. Stanley 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 115 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
168 1081 10
A. Wadley 22 115 0 27
L. Daniels Jr. 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
213 1058 10
L. Daniels Jr. 15 45 0 11
C. Beathard 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
C. Beathard 4 11 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 315 3
A. Wadley 4 21 0 18
G. Kittle 46 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 18 0
G. Kittle 1 18 0 18
R. McCarron 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 517 4
R. McCarron 1 11 0 11
P. Pekar 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
P. Pekar 1 5 0 5
N. Fant 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Fant 0 0 0 0
L. Daniels Jr. 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 67 0
L. Daniels Jr. 0 0 0 0
J. Smith 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Smith 0 0 0 0
D. Young 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Young 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Jewell 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 1.0
J. Jewell 10-0 1.0 0
D. King 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 3 0.0
D. King 6-0 0.0 1
B. Snyder 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
B. Snyder 6-0 0.0 1
A. Gair 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Gair 3-0 0.0 0
B. Bower 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Bower 3-0 0.0 0
B. Niemann 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
B. Niemann 3-1 0.0 0
F. Ekakitie 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
F. Ekakitie 2-0 0.0 0
P. Hesse 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
P. Hesse 2-2 0.0 0
N. Bazata 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Bazata 2-0 0.0 0
J. Jackson 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0
A. Nelson 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Nelson 1-0 1.0 0
A. Mends 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Mends 1-0 1.0 0
J. Johnson 67 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Johnson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Duncan 3 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/2 0/0
K. Duncan 1/2 36 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Coluzzi 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 39.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 39.3 2
R. Coluzzi 7 39.3 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 35.0 49 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
27 27.8 49 0
D. King 2 35.0 49 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 10.2 19 0
D. King 1 19.0 19 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 25 1:44 5 -2 INT
11:41 FLA 22 1:12 2 7 INT
8:56 FLA 25 3:09 8 10 FG
1:02 FLA 15 0:51 3 10
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 25 1:48 4 8 Punt
7:41 FLA 3 2:47 6 41 Punt
2:02 FLA 15 0:16 1 85 TD
0:55 IOWA 48 0:27 3 -1
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:35 FLA 20 6:47 14 80 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 FLA 35 0:00 1 -15
13:37 FLA 38 1:59 4 -1 Punt
11:11 IOWA 7 1:20 4 -58 FG
7:36 IOWA 36 1:34 4 -29 FG
5:01 FLA 50 1:53 3 3 Punt
1:12 FLA 45 0:36 2 -3
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:07 IOWA 28 1:19 3 7 Punt
10:21 FLA 27 1:21 5 -38 FG
5:42 IOWA 25 4:33 9 32 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:01 IOWA 36 5:15 10 61
4:47 IOWA 20 2:37 6 12 Punt
1:46 IOWA 25 0:39 3 -2 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWA 25 7:19 13 -5 FG Miss
0:43 IOWA 21 0:26 2 17
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWA 38 0:04 1 0 INT
14:34 IOWA 49 0:50 3 -1 Punt
11:31 IOWA 12 0:05 1 -10 INT
9:46 IOWA 25 1:55 4 26 INT
5:57 IOWA 25 0:44 3 0 Punt
2:58 IOWA 2 1:34 3 7 Punt