Outback Bowl: Best Tweets from LSU's Win over Iowa

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIJanuary 2, 2014

TAMPA, FL -  JANUARY 1:  Running back Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers rushes upfield against the Iowa Hawkeyes January 1, 2014  in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  LSU won 21-14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers have historically enjoyed success in the postseason, as the program had won 11 of its past 16 bowl games, but the Iowa Hawkeyes were looking to buck that trend in their matchup in the 2014 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. 

Coming into the game, both teams were certainly well-nourished given the amount of food they consumed at the Outback Bowl dinner: 

Hungry? LSU & Iowa combined to eat 5,000 POUNDS of food at Outback Bowl dinner - including 750 lbs. of steak and 80 gallons of BBQ sauce.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 28, 2013

 

LSU Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings was making his first career start with Zach Mettenberger sidelined with a torn ACL. That didn't keep him from causing a stir with his nose-picking controversy: 

If you're a QB for LSU...don't pick your nose & eat the boogers on the sideline. You will be seen on national TV. pic.twitter.com/9NW1s4VoL2

— SportsNation (@SportsNation) January 2, 2014

 

Jennings didn't do too well throwing against a stout Hawkeyes defense, but he did score the game's first touchdown on the first drive of the game as seen in this photo:

 

LSU leads Iowa 14-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter. #LSUWIN pic.twitter.com/aG4V9Z1dJt

LSU Football (@LSUfball) January 1, 2014

 

He and running back Jeremy Hill helped establish a dominant ground game that the Hawkeyes were unable to contain, and Hill carried the Tigers to a 21-7 lead into the final two minutes of the game: 

Ground & Pound. #LSU's Jeremy Hill puts the Tigers up 21-7 with authority: http://t.co/QFqPkLwHjl

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) January 1, 2014

 

But the Hawkeyes made things interesting thanks to a big kickoff return by Jordan Cotton, which led to a quick Iowa score to keep the game interesting:

Not over. Cotton's 96yd kickoff return sets up #Iowa. Kevonte Martin-Manley grabs CJ Beathard's TD pass. 21-14 #LSU, onside kick coming

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) January 1, 2014

 

But after LSU recovered the onside kick, they ran the clock out and hoisted the Outback Bowl trophy:  

@LSUfball coach Les Miles accepts the @outbackbowl Championship Trophy pic.twitter.com/GtFqfOGrEk

— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) January 1, 2014

 

And Hill was named the game MVP in what may have been his last game as a Tiger as he mulls over a chance to go to the NFL:

Our @outbackbowl MVP Jeremy Hill. 28 carries for 216 yes, 2 TDs. 7.2 avg. #OutbackBowl #TeamBloominOnion pic.twitter.com/Hl69uHIxUr

— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) January 1, 2014

 

Expect LSU's Jeremy Hill to announce he is coming out early for 2014 NFL draft. 3rd round pick, if he stays clear of trouble before draft.

— Michael Detillier (@MikeDetillier) January 1, 2014

 

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was very impressed with LSU: 

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says #LSU looks like an NFL team and "they're not a finesse outfit."

— Steve Schneider (@9SportsDirector) January 1, 2014

 

The real winners of the Outback Bowl were the fans though, as they get  a nice discount at Outback Steakhouse:   

FACT: You get a FREE Bloomin' Onion with any purchase today thanks to LSU's victory! Just say Outback Bowl to redeem pic.twitter.com/Rn9xQAk9YK

— Outback Steakhouse (@Outback) January 2, 2014 

 

Now that LSU's season is over, they'll await the decisions of several underclassmen on whether they'll return to school or declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, but none of them have made that decision just yet: 

Miles said he never said Odell Beckham Jr. And Jarvis Landry are declaring for the #NFL Draft. Said it is definitely a possibility. #LSU

— Spencer Hutchinson (@Hutch_TDR) January 1, 2014