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Interception lifts Iowa past Mizzou 27-24

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TEMPE, ARIZONA (KWWL) -- Freshman Marcus Coker had to step up to be the primary running back for the Iowa Hawkeyes going into the Insight Bowl.  And it was Coker's night to not only prove himself, but run all over the Missouri Tigers Tuesday night in Tempe, Arizona. 

The Iowa Hawkeyes were the first team to score in the 2010 Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium.

After a 49-yard aerial connection from quarterback Ricky Stanzi to receiver Marvin McNutt, the Hawkeyes didn't have far to go before Coker put the first points up on the board with 10:32 remaining in the 1st quarter.

The Missouri Tigers scored their first points with a 23-yard field goal with 3:53 left in the 1st. 

Score Iowa 7, Missouri 3.

But it was Marcus Coker's night to shine.
Coker broke one open on the Mizzou defense with 13:26 remaining in the 2nd quarter, sprinting through a big gap on a 50+ yard run to score again.

The extra point would be good... Iowa now up 14-3, in the 2nd half.

Coker had 100 yards on his first 12 carries in the game.

A 38-yard pass would help get Iowa into scoring position once again halfway through the 2nd quarter.
After a few tries for the end-zone, Missouri, the number 1 ranked red-zone defense in the country, was able to make the Hawkeyes settle for a field goal.

17-3, with 7:28 remaining the 2nd quarter.

Missouri was finally able to get into the endzone, on the ground, from about 11 yards out.
The ensuing extra point would be good.
Iowa 17, Missouri 10, with 4:51 remaining in the half.

Missouri threatened again, but Iowa would intercept Missouri in the endzone at the end of the 1st half. 

17-10, Iowa lead, going to the half.

Iowa started with tough field position to begin the third quarter, having to bring the ball from their own endzone. 
Coker would continue to bang it out for the Hawkeyes though, breaking another one loose, running the ball to midfield.

Another 11 yard run from Coker and a Stanzi-McNutt completion would give the Hawkeyes two more first downs into the Tigers' redzone.

The Tiger defense would again force the Hawkeyes to settle for a field goal.
Iowa 20, Missouri 10, 7:03 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Missouri would score again on their next drive, on a quarterback draw. 
The Tigers trailed by 3 with 4:34 left in the 3rd.

Iowa's next series would be a short one.  Ricky Stanzi, who has thrown very few interceptions during the regular season, got picked off on an attempt to Marvin McNutt. 
Missouri then threatened Iowa's endzone.  A pass interference call gave the Tigers 4 shots at paydirt... and Missouri took the lead for the first time, scoring the TD and adding on the extra point to put the Tigers up 24-20 with :54 left in the 3rd.

The Hawkeyes would have a rough start to the 4th quarter.  One interception was negated by a flag.  Stanzi also threw another close call before the Hawkeyes punted away.
The next Hawkeye possession would end with another Stanzi interception, giving the Tigers possession at midfield.

But the Hawkeyes would strike back.  Micah Hyde picked off Tiger quarterback Blaine Gabbert, taking it back for the score.  Iowa back on top now, 27-24.  5:32 left in the game.

A 4th down bobbled catch would have given the Missouri Tigers a new set of downs and another chance to come back on top.  After an official review, the throw was ruled incomplete, turning the ball over to Iowa on downs.

Iowa was able to keep the clock on their side, almost scoring a touchdown on the second to last play of the drive. 
Iowa decided to take a knee to end the game.

Iowa wins, 27-24.

The win ends Iowa's season on a high note, ending a three game losing skid.
The Insight Bowl victory is the Hawkeyes' third straight bowl win.

 

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