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Iowa rallies past No. 18 Mississippi State in Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Iowa Hawkeyes lost a yard on the last play of the Outback Bowl, pushing their final rushing total to minus 15 yards, and didn't mind a bit.

They ran the play from victory formation.

Safety Jake Gervase's interception in the end zone helped preserve a late lead, and a ball-hawking defense compensated for a sputtering offense as Iowa beat No. 18 Mississippi State 27-22 on Tuesday.

Gervase also batted down an errant fourth-down pass to end the Bulldogs' final drive at the Iowa 32 with 25 seconds left. Two earlier Mississippi State threats in the fourth quarter led to only three points.

The Hawkeyes totaled just 199 yards, with 75 coming on a touchdown pass from Nathan Stanley to Nick Easley , but they converted three takeaways into 17 points.

The Hawkeyes won despite losing 27 inches per rush. Their three running backs totaled 4 yards in 15 carries.

''We had a hard time blocking their front,'' coach Kirk Ferentz said. ''Defense really bailed us out.''

Iowa (9-4) earned its biggest postseason victory since an Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech to cap the 2009 season. Mississippi State (8-5) lost to a team outside the top 15 for the first time.

Trailing 24-19, the Bulldogs had a first down at the Iowa 1 early in the fourth quarter, but three quarterback draws lost 2 yards and they settled for a field goal.

They were again on the verge of taking the lead with nine minutes left, but receiver Stephen Guidry bobbled a tipped pass in the end zone, and Gervase snatched it away.

''Sometimes you get lucky,'' Gervase said.

The Hawkeyes then drove 50 yards for a field goal, the game's final score.

''Bowl games are a lot like early season games, where turnovers and penalties really factor in,'' Ferentz said. ''If you aren't on top of that part of your game because you haven't played in a while, it can be a really tough thing. Obviously it helped us today being a little bit more opportunistic.''

Iowa had no penalties, while Mississippi State was penalized 90 yards, including a holding call that negated a 51-yard completion.

''Too many missed opportunities, too many penalties,'' Bulldogs coach Joe Moorhead said. ''Can't turn the ball, can't give up explosive plays, can't have penalties take scores off the board. We didn't do enough to earn the right to win.''

Mississippi State receiver Osirus Mitchell put it another way.

''We definitely beat ourselves,'' he said. ''They weren't better than us.''

A takeaway helped Iowa score two touchdowns in 97 seconds for a 17-6 lead - especially impressive against a team that allowed only 12 TDs during the regular season.

Mississippi State rallied with two touchdowns in 18 seconds to go up 19-17. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald gave the Bulldogs the advantage on a nifty 33-yard touchdown run , his 100th career score rushing or passing.

But on their next possession, Fitzgerald's tipped pass was intercepted by defensive lineman Chauncey Golston. Stanley then scrambled to convert a fourth and 1, and on the next play he hit Easley with an 8-yard score to put Iowa ahead to stay, 24-19.

MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT

Easley had a career-high 104 yards receiving on eight catches and was chosen the most valuable player. He nearly ran out from under his helmet on his long touchdown.

''I had a little bit of a malfunction with my helmet strap - a little piece broke the play before,'' he said. ''As I was running, it started coming off a little bit. Thankfully I was able to pull it back on and continue to run.''

Easley and Gervase played their final game as seniors who walked on.

''It's how we're built,'' Ferentz said.

INJURY REPORT

Running back Kylin Hill left the game when he took a hit to the helmet in the fourth quarter, but he was back in the lineup on the Bulldogs' final possession.

Moorhead said Hill cleared the concussion protocol.

''I'm good,'' Hill tweeted with a thumbs-up emoji after the game.

TAKEAWAYS

Iowa will likely finish in the Top 25 for only the second time in the past nine seasons. Ferentz concluded his 20th season at Iowa and improved to 152-101, including 8-8 in bowl games.

The down-to-the-wire finish was a rarity for the Bulldogs, who had only one other game decided by fewer than 14 points.

UP NEXT

Stanley will be a third-year starter returning to lead the 2019 Hawkeyes, who also will have their top three rushers back. They open the season Aug. 31 at home against Miami (Ohio).

With fifth-year senior Fitzgerald departing, the Bulldogs will have a new starting quarterback when they open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 in New Orleans against Louisiana.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:03
91-M.Recinos 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
50
yds
02:49
pos
22
27
Field Goal 12:49
47-J.Christmann 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
49
yds
02:04
pos
22
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:55
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
19
24
Touchdown 2:01
4-N.Stanley complete to 84-N.Easley. 84-N.Easley runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
32
yds
2:12
pos
19
23
Point After TD 11:08
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
19
17
Touchdown 11:20
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
33
yds
00:06
pos
18
17
Missed Two Point Conversion 11:26
7-N.Fitzgerald incomplete
plays
yds
pos
12
17
Touchdown 11:32
7-N.Fitzgerald complete to 8-K.Hill. 8-K.Hill runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
6
yds
01:59
pos
12
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:18
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
17
Touchdown 6:24
4-N.Stanley complete to 6-I.Smith-Marsette. 6-I.Smith-Marsette runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
13
yds
00:56
pos
6
16
Point After TD 7:55
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
10
Touchdown 8:06
4-N.Stanley complete to 84-N.Easley. 84-N.Easley runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:05
pos
6
9
Field Goal 10:43
91-M.Recinos 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
24
yds
00:05
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:56
47-J.Christmann 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
28
yds
03:48
pos
6
0
Field Goal 7:31
47-J.Christmann 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
39
yds
04:04
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 11
Rushing 11 1
Passing 4 7
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 5-17 1-11
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 336 185
Total Plays 74 51
Avg Gain 4.5 3.6
Net Yards Rushing 190 -15
Rush Attempts 42 20
Avg Rush Yards 4.5 -0.8
Net Yards Passing 146 200
Comp. - Att. 14-32 21-31
Yards Per Pass 4.6 6.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-6 3-14
Penalties - Yards 8-90 0-0
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 5-50.4 7-34.4
Return Yards 88 186
Punts - Returns 3-9 1-4
Kickoffs - Returns 2-33 5-150
Int. - Returns 1-46 2-32
Kicking 4/4 5/5
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 3/3 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
18 Miss. State 8-5 6013322
Iowa 9-4 0177327
146 PASS YDS 200
190 RUSH YDS -15
336 TOTAL YDS 185
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
43.8% 152 1 2 81.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.6% 1767 16 9 116.8
N. Fitzgerald 14/32 152 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 103 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
221 1121 13
N. Fitzgerald 20 103 1 33
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 43 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
117 734 4
K. Hill 12 43 0 9
Ae. Williams 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
85 524 3
Ae. Williams 6 22 0 8
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 205 1
N. Gibson 1 12 0 12
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 226 4
K. Thompson 3 10 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Guidry 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 440 3
S. Guidry 1 51 0 51
O. Mitchell 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 427 4
O. Mitchell 2 42 0 34
Ae. Williams 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 100 1
Ae. Williams 3 19 0 8
D. Thomas 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 256 2
D. Thomas 2 16 0 15
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 12 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 176 4
K. Hill 3 12 1 7
F. Green 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 81 0
F. Green 1 7 0 7
Ju. Johnson 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 238 1
Ju. Johnson 2 5 0 3
L. Guidry 35 S
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
L. Guidry 0 0 0 0
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 90 1
Je. Jackson 0 0 0 0
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Thompson 0 0 0 0
D. Jason 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 42 0
D. Jason 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Dantzler 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
C. Dantzler 5-0 0.0 0
B. Hoyett 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
B. Hoyett 4-0 0.0 0
C. Morgan 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
C. Morgan 3-0 0.0 0
C. Rayford 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Rayford 2-0 0.0 0
F. Adams 43 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
F. Adams 2-0 0.0 0
J. Simmons 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
J. Simmons 2-2 1.0 0
W. Gay Jr. 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 2 0.5
W. Gay Jr. 2-2 0.5 1
E. Thompson 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 2 0.0
E. Thompson 2-1 0.0 0
J. Peters 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Peters 1-0 0.0 0
C. Rivers 5 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
C. Rivers 1-1 0.5 0
G. Harris 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
M. Sweat 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
M. Sweat 1-1 0.5 0
Ke. Jones 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Ke. Jones 0-1 0.0 0
G. Green 4 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
G. Green 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
12/16 41/41
J. Christmann 3/3 44 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Day 42 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 50.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
47 39.4 1
T. Day 5 50.4 1 70
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thomas 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 18.2 17 0
D. Thomas 1 17.0 17 0
M. Murphy 7 S
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
M. Murphy 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Dear 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 3.0 9 0
M. Dear 2 4.5 9 0
A. Brule 18 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
A. Brule 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 214 3 1 151.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.3% 2852 26 10 136.5
N. Stanley 21/31 214 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Young 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
136 637 5
T. Young 3 7 0 3
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 341 2
I. Kelly-Martin 5 0 0 2
M. Sargent 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
159 745 9
M. Sargent 7 -3 0 5
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 4 1
N. Stanley 4 -18 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Easley 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 104 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
52 494 5
N. Easley 8 104 2 75
T. Hockenson 38 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
49 760 6
T. Hockenson 3 43 0 22
B. Smith 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 361 2
B. Smith 3 33 0 12
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 29 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 361 3
I. Smith-Marsette 4 29 1 15
A. Spiewak 84 LS
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 1
A. Spiewak 1 8 1 8
M. Sargent 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 156 1
M. Sargent 1 4 0 4
T. Young 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 27 1
T. Young 2 1 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Hankins 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
M. Hankins 9-0 0.0 0
P. Hesse 40 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
P. Hesse 6-0 0.0 0
J. Hockaday 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Hockaday 5-1 0.0 0
J. Gervase 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 4 0.0
J. Gervase 5-1 0.0 1
M. Ojemudia 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 3 0.0
M. Ojemudia 5-3 0.0 0
N. Niemann 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
N. Niemann 5-0 0.0 0
A. Hooker 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 4 0.0
A. Hooker 4-2 0.0 0
A. Nelson 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
A. Nelson 3-1 0.0 0
M. Nelson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
M. Nelson 2-2 0.0 0
C. Golston 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
C. Golston 2-0 0.0 1
A. Epenesa 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
A. Epenesa 2-0 1.0 0
G. Stone 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 4 0.0
G. Stone 2-0 0.0 0
S. Brincks 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Brincks 1-1 0.0 0
D. Colbert 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Colbert 1-0 0.0 0
B. Reiff 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Reiff 1-0 0.0 0
C. Lattimore 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Lattimore 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Recinos 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
17/22 47/47
M. Recinos 2/2 44 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Rastetter 7 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 34.4 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 38.9 0
C. Rastetter 7 34.4 0 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Smith-Marsette 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 30.0 38 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 29.5 38 0
I. Smith-Marsette 5 30.0 38 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Groeneweg 14 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 9.9 4 1
K. Groeneweg 1 4.0 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWA 35 1:15 4 -13 Punt
11:35 MISSST 35 4:04 9 39 FG
4:44 IOWA 47 3:48 9 23 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:07 IOWA 35 1:49 6 6 Punt
7:55 IOWA 35 0:11 4 65 Fumble
6:18 IOWA 35 4:51 11 29 Punt
1:04 MISSST 47 0:15 4 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 IOWA 6 1:59 3 6 TD
11:26 IOWA 33 0:06 1 33 TD
8:08 MISSST 20 2:02 6 48 INT
1:55 IOWA 35 1:06 4 -5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 MISSST 48 2:04 4 49 FG
10:40 MISSST 35 1:07 4 -7 INT
5:56 IOWA 35 0:52 4 -1 Punt
2:30 MISSST 31 1:32 9 37 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:40 IOWA 30 1:27 3 -12 Punt
6:43 MISSST 35 1:19 4 0 Punt
0:50 MISSST 35 0:05 11 49 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:11 IOWA 25 0:05 1 75 TD
7:20 MISSST 13 0:56 2 13 TD
1:20 IOWA 20 0:13 3 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:38 MISSST 35 0:00 6 15 INT
11:26 MISSST 35 0:00 1 32
11:20 MISSST 35 2:16 7 19 Punt
5:29 MISSST 32 3:28 6 32 TD
0:43 IOWA 20 0:09 3 -1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:08 MISSST 35 0:51 4 -5 Punt
8:52 IOWA 28 2:49 5 50 FG
4:16 IOWA 16 1:33 3 8 Punt
0:30 IOWA 32 0:00 1 -1