by CFP Staff
December 29, 2010
A 72-yard interception return by Micah Hyde with 5:32 left in the game lifted Iowa to a 27-24 Insight Bowl win over Missouri on Tuesday night.
Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi had just thrown an INT seven plays earlier that gave Missouri a chance to put the game away.
The Hawkeyes took a 17-3 lead in the first quarter, but squandered it by the end of the 3rd as the Tigers led 24-20 heading into the final frame.
Iowa freshman Marcus Coker ran for 217 yards and 2 TD's in place of suspended leading rusher Adam Robinson. Coker only had 81 carries for 403 yards and 1 TD in the regular season.
Robinson had already been suspended for "failing to comply with team expectations and policies" and was later arrested on alleged possession of marijuana. Iowa also played without leading receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos who was arrested in early December on drug charges.
Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert threw for a school record 434 yards and 1 TD, but also had a tipped pass intercepted in the endzone just before halftime. Missouri T.J. Moe had 15 catches 152 yards.
The win gave Iowa its first 3-bowl winning streak and allowed the Big Ten to snap a 4-game losing streak to Big 12 schools in this bowl game. The Hawkeyes are 14-10-1 in their bowl history.
Iowa (8-5) entered the Insight Bowl on a 3-game losing streak.
Missouri fell to 10-3 after the first meeting between these teams in 100 years. Mizzou still leads the all-time series 7-6. The Tigers all-time bowl record slipped to 12-16.