Outback Bowl — LSU 21, Iowa 14: Thumbs up, thumbs down

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LSU RB JEREMY HILL: If this was Hill’s last game, then he left a great memory for Tigers fans by rushing for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Considering the tumultuous way his season started, this was the perfect ending. He was the best player on the field.

LSU COACH LES MILES: Miles has had problems motivating his team to play well in non-BCS games in the past, but not today. LSU made a statement with the eight-play, 72-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession. Having freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings start the game with 12 consecutive runs made for boring television, but it was the right thing to do. His only mistake was not having a squib kick after LSU’s last touchdown.

LSU P JAMIE KEEHN: Thanks to the wet field and the freshman quarterback, this was a game that was going to be won by defense and special teams. Keehn averaged 47 yards on 10 punts.

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LSU PASS DEFENSE: Tell us if you’ve read this before: “LSU had a busted zone coverage in the secondary.” It’s a sentence that could have been written after every game, because it happened too often. Note to LSU defense: Work on zone coverage in the spring.

LSU SAFETY JALEN MILLS: It made no sense for him to get a personal foul for knocking over an Iowa receiver on an incomplete pass on the Hawkeyes’ first possession.

LSU KICKOFF COVERAGE: There was no reason to allow Iowa to have a 96-yard kickoff return in the final two minutes. All it did was keep the game close and elevate the blood pressure of LSU fans everywhere.