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Bulldog Brunch: Outback Bowl

 

 

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Tweet length review of the game 

 

The better team lost. Come at me Iowa fans, I don't care. MSU played quite bad, yes, but it is still a better team than Hawkeyes. 

 

 

 

Stellar stats 

 

- Iowa won this game with negative rushing yardage (-15), fewer first downs (11-15), more punts (7-5) and seven fewer minutes of time of possession. 

 

- Iowa went 1-for-11 on 3rd downs, which is its worst since going 0-for-13 against Wisconsin in 2017. 

 

 

 

Obscure facts 

 

- Iowa never held the ball longer than it did in the third quarter, when it had the ball for 8 minutes and 43 seconds, yet got outscored 13-7 in that quarter. Turnovers are powerful. 

 

- MSU was credited with just one quarterback hurry. It did tally three sacks. 

 

- Only two of Iowa's 15 possessions lasted three minutes or longer; meanwhile, MSU had four such possessions and two of those four lasted longer than four minutes. 

 

 

 

Quoting the Bulldogs 

 

- Johnathan Abram: "The mood never changed on the sideline. We always thought we had this game, even from the last play of the game. We always believed in each other and in this staff." 

 

- Gerri Green: "It hurts bad knowing it is my last time to put on the maroon and white. Definitely would have liked to go out with a win. Knowing that this is the last one hurts for all of us." 

 

- Nick Fitzgerald: "Individually I went around and talked to some players, tell them I love them and will miss them. They've got to get back to school in the next couple of days and start working for next year. I'll be going to south Florida and look towards the future." 

 

 

 

Quoting Iowa 

 

- DB Jake Gervase on winning with so little offense: "It was about fighting through those ups and downs. We knew coming in that we were going to have to play our best defensive game due to the defense they have on the other side of the ball." 

 

- DE Anthony Nelson on the MSU offensive line: "They're big and I mean, I'm going to speak for myself and for most of the guys on the line and say they're nothing like our offensive line. For us, they were good and they were solid but we play against better every day. 

 

- WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette: "They're one of the top three in the nation in defense for a reason. All of their guys get after the ball and they were getting after the ball today." 

 

 

 

Game Leaders 

 

Top 3 rushers: Nick Fitzgerald 20-103 TD, Kylin Hill 12-43, Aeris Williams 6-22. 

 

Top 3 receivers: Nick Easley (Iowa) 8-104 2 TD, Stephen Guidry 1-51, T.J. Hockenson (Iowa) 3-43. 

 

Top 3 defenders: Jake Gervase (Iowa) had 6 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. Jeffery Simmons had 2.5 tackles for a loss and Johnathan Abram had 1.5 for a loss in leading the Bulldogs with 6 tackles. 

 

 

 

Next Up 

 

The offseason. Sad face. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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