Hawkeyes win Outback Bowl, Greene is going Pro

P MurphyContributor IJanuary 1, 2009


The Iowa Hawkeyes (9-4) beat the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-6) in the 2009 Outback Bowl today.  Greene rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa’s defense forced 5 turnovers to help the Hawkeyes in their 31-10 win. 

Stanzi went 13-19 for 148 yards with a touchdown. Stanzi also threw two picks during the game. South Carolina also had 100 yards of penalities to help Iowa’s field position during the game.

Tyler Sash had two interceptions for about 74 yards and Bradley Fletcher had an interception in the end zone to help Iowa’s defense keep South Carolina from scoring until the fourth period. Iowa’s defense only allowed 42 yard rushing while giving up 265 yards passing with most of the passing yards coming in the Third and Fourth periods of the game.

Brandon Myers, Tony Moeaki, Andy Brodell, and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos helped out with big yardage plays with the only touchdown pass going to Trey Stross on Iowa’s first possession of the game. Jewel Hamption also helped out with 55 rushing yards.

But the biggest offense star was Shonn Greene. Greene, the Outback Bowl Most Valuable Player, set the new Iowa single season record for the most rushing touchdowns in a single record with 20 and finished the season with 1,850 yards rushing. He also rushed in all 13 games he played in this season.

Greene announced right after the game that he is thinking on skipping his final season at Iowa to go to the NFL Draft this year. He wants to talk to his family about his before making his final decision turning pro.