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FINAL: Tennessee makes quick work of Hawkeyes, 45-28

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (KWWL) - Despite mounting a better second-half offense, the Iowa Hawkeyes couldn't contain the Tennessee Volunteers fast enough, losing 45-28 in the Taxslayer Bowl on Friday.

Iowa's dual quarterback system -- rotating both Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard -- didn't pan out like the Hawks had hoped for much of the bowl game, as their offense took too long to find their rhythm. Tennessee held the Hawks to just one touchdown in the first half.

Defensively, the Hawkeyes weren't much better, as Tennessee put on a clinic with QB Joshua Dobbs at the helm. He recorded 129 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception.

Iowa finally got back on their feet in the late third quarter, but a fourth-quarter run with three touchdowns didn't leave them enough time to scare the Volunteers.

Beathard was the passing leader for the Hawks with 145 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception.

Both teams finished at 7-6 on the season.

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The Tennessee Volunteers held the Iowa Hawkeyes to just one scoring drive in the first half and dominated offensively, taking advantage of Iowa missteps and stopping the Hawks' 2-quarterback system early and often.

The Vols' quarterback Joshua Dobbs got into a rhythm early, and got to 28 before Iowa could catch a breath.

But the Hawkeyes finally got a break with a 3-yard Mark Weisman run for 3 yards in the second quarter.

That didn't stop Tennessee, who tacked on one more Von Pearson TD to make it 35-7 at half.

The game is being shown on ESPN.
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