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Iowa loses Outback Bowl to Florida, 30-3


TAMPA, FLORIDA – Iowa (8-5, 6-3) lost to No. 17 Florida (9-4, 6-2), 30-3, Monday at Raymond James Stadium. Iowa is 2-3 all-time in five Outback Bowl appearances.

Iowa trailed just 10-3 at the half and actually led the game early on, 3-0. Iowa QB C.J. Beathard appeared to be injured for much of the game.

RB Akrum Wadley led Iowa in rushing and receiving. He rushed 22 times for 115 yards and caught 4 passes for 21 yards. It was his ninth career 100-yard rushing game, sixth this season. He has at least one reception in 15 straight games, and has been Iowa’s leading receiver four times this season.

RB LeShun Daniels rushed 15 times for 45 yards. Daniels finished his career with 1,888 yards on 408 carries.
RB Akrum Wadley (178-1,081) and RB LeShun Daniels, Jr. (213-1,058) are the first set of running backs in program
history to have 1,000-plus rushing yards in the same season.

DB Desmond King appeared in his 53rd career game and made his 51st career start, both program records. King recorded an interception on Florida’s second possession. It was King’s 14th career interception, tying Damien Robinson for fourth all-time.

LB Josey Jewell led Iowa with 10 tackles. He finished the season with 100-plus tackles for the second straight year (124). He has 301 career tackles, 18th all-time.

QB C.J. Beathard finished his career with a record of 21-7, (.750), the best all-time winning percentage among quarterbacks with 20 or more career starts. His 21 wins as Iowa’s starting quarterback tie Matt Rodgers and Drew Tate for third all-time. Only Chuck Long (34) and Ricky Stanzi (26) have won more games as Iowa’s starting quarterback. Beathard was 4-5 all-time vs. AP top 25. Beathard is one of five players in program history to throw for 40 or more touchdowns passes in a career (Chuck Long 74, Drew Tate 61, Ricky Stanzi 56, Rodgers 41, Beathard 40).

Iowa won the toss and elected to defer. In 18 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes have opened the game on defense in 50-of-227 games (28-22). The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 177-of-227 games (107-70).

Instant replay was used two times today.
1) Florida third down short of line to gain (call was reversed, first down Florida)
2) C.J. Beathard run short of goal line (call was confirmed)

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