The guy who said statistics are for losers was right. Iowa’s football team proved it in today’s 27-22 victory over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.
The Hawkeyes had a hard-to-believe minus-15 yards rushing and totaled just 199 yards to 342 for their Southeastern Conference opponent on offense.
Seventy-five of Iowa’s total came on Nate Stanley’s 75-yard touchdown pass to Nick Easley.
Three Iowa running backs totaled 4 yards in 15 carries.
Who cared? Nobody.
“We had s hard time blocking their front,” Hawkeye coach Kirk told reporters after the game. “Defense really bailed us out.”