BATON ROUGE -- For the first time in 25 years, the LSU football team will play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. The Tigers will face Iowa of the Big Ten Conference in Raymond James Stadium live on ESPN on Jan. 1, 2014.
Prior to Outback Steakhouse's title sponsorship, LSU played in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa Stadium following the 1988 season.
LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC), which handed SEC Champion Auburn its only loss of the regular season, will face an Iowa team (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) which won its last three games of the season over Nebraska, Michigan and Purdue.
The Tigers and Hawkeyes have met only once on the gridiron - the 2005 Capital One Bowl in Orlando - and Iowa won on a last-second touchdown pass, 30-25.
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Outback Bowl Quick Facts
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Game Date: Wed., Jan. 1, 2014
Opponent: Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) | Website
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium (home to NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
LSU holds a 22-21-1 all-time record in bowls yet has lost consecutive games for the first time since 1985-86 seasons.
The Tigers will play on New Years Day for the 23rd time in school history, and will meet a Big Ten opponent in a postseason bowl for the fifth time, all since the 2001 season.
Following its dramatic comeback over Arkansas, it was announced that senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger would miss the bowl game with a knee injury. True freshman Anthony Jennings, who led the Tigers on a 99-yard game-winning drive against the Razorbacks, is expected to make his first start.
Jennings capped the comeback with a 49-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Travin Dural with 75 seconds to play.
LSU Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva
“First of all, thanks to (President/CEO) Jim McVay and the Outback Bowl for selecting LSU to represent the SEC in this prestigious game. We are excited about the opportunity to bring the LSU football program and our tremendous fan base to Tampa for the Outback Bowl for this New Year’s Day game. This will be a great week for LSU in Tampa and we encourage our fans to buy tickets and come be a part of LSU’s first trip to Tampa for a bowl game in 25 years.”
Les Miles Opening Statement
“Our football team is currently in finals week. I have not yet extended the knowledge that the Outback Bowl in Tampa has invited LSU to play in their January 1st bowl. I will tell you that they will be excited as they can be. They recognize that their opponent will be Iowa, and Iowa has finished the season with three victories. They have played everyone on their schedule extremely well, and we will have to play well in the game to have victory. I would like to thank the president there, Jim McVay, for the opportunity. I think our guys will enjoy a time in a place that is a destination in itself. We really look forward to playing. We can’t wait to get there. I don’t know what our traveling plans are as of yet. We are still making practice plans. It was great news. These tigers look forward to going.”
On playing in the Outback Bowl…
“I think when you show up at a very quality venue and an area that football is awfully important, I think our fans and friends will travel there. There are things to do and certainly the weather is great for the holidays. I think all of the new sites present a lure to our team that we will look forward to. We also recognize the opportunity to play well in that game is certainly most important.”
On LSU’s quarterback position and preparation…
“The good news is that the quarterback has been preparing all along. We’re not in a position that we have to change a lot. We will run our offense just the way it is. That will benefit him because that is what he has been doing the entire year anyways. It will be fun. I think our guys will enjoy supporting Mettenberger by supporting the new quarterback. Surround the new Q by making sure you are in the spot for the routes. His preparation will go in a very comfortable and directed way.”
On the matchup with Iowa…
“I know that Coach Kirk Ferentz has done a great job there. I think he has been there for 15 years. He has been one of the most successful coaches in the Big Ten conferences for years. It is a meticulous organization. As you see, they are very talented and capable. I can remember a bowl game when we were preparing for Penn State. We watched how they played. They will be prepared and a very quality team.”
On finishing strong this year…
“I think our football team is a little more mature and ready to play in this year’s season’s ending. I think it will be fine. I think we will understand the need to play well in this game as we look forward.”
On preparing for the Outback Bowl Game…
“We have always done good versus good to get the speed of the game up. Not necessarily go and practice the specifics of Iowa, but get our legs back underneath us. That has always been the fastest way for us to get back. We institute the pieces of the Iowa game plan as we go forward. We take a break going into game week and then go play.”
On Zach Mettenberger’s injury…
“The only thing I can tell you is that he beyond rehabilitation will be 100 percent. There is no long-term significant damage to the knee. It appears to be a simple repair. I think it is a little harder to predict before the surgery. I think it is the kind of injury in a short amount of time in the grand scheme of things he will be ready to play.”
On Odell Beckham and Cory Thompson’s injuries…
“Odell’s (Beckham) injury was a significant bump and he will certainly be healed and ready to roll. If we were playing a game today, he wouldn’t miss a snap. I don’t suspect Corey Thompson to be back for the bowl game, but we are hopeful.”
Outback Bowl History
Jan. 1, 2013 South Carolina 33 Michigan 28
Jan. 2, 2012 Michigan State 33 Georgia 30 (3OT)
Jan. 1, 2011 Florida 37 Penn State 24
Jan. 1, 2010 Northwestern 35 Auburn 38 (OT)
Jan. 1, 2009 Iowa 31 South Carolina 10
Jan. 1, 2008 Tennessee 21 Wisconsin 17
Jan. 1, 2007 Penn State 20 Tennessee 10
Jan. 2, 2006 Florida 31 Iowa 24
Jan. 1, 2005 Georgia 24 Wisconsin 21
Jan. 1, 2004 Iowa 37 Florida 17
Jan. 1, 2003 Michigan 38 Florida 30
Jan. 1, 2002 South Carolina 31 Ohio State 28
Jan. 1, 2001 South Carolina 24 Ohio State 7
Jan. 1, 2000 Georgia 28 Purdue 25 (OT)
Jan. 1, 1999 Penn State 26 Kentucky 14
Jan. 1, 1998 Georgia 33 Wisconsin 6
Jan. 1, 1997 Alabama 17 Michigan 14
Jan. 1, 1996 Penn State 43 Auburn 14
Jan. 2, 1995 Wisconsin 34 Duke 20
Jan. 1, 1994 Michigan 42 NC State 7
Jan. 1, 1993 Tennessee 38 Boston College 23
Jan. 1, 1992 Syracuse 24 Ohio State 17
Jan. 1, 1991 Clemson 30 Illinois 0
Jan. 1, 1990 Auburn 31 Ohio State 14
Jan. 2, 1989 Syracuse 23 LSU 10
Jan. 2, 1988 Michigan 28 Alabama 24
Dec. 23, 1986 Boston College 27 Georgia 24