Might makes right for Iowa

Quarter by quarter analysis

Published: Friday, January 2, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 2, 2004 at 1:03 a.m.


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After bobbling a snap, Chris Leak is dropped by Iowa defensive lineman Matt Roth.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun


FLYING A KIGHT: With 7:18 remaining in the quarter, Chris Leak found Kelvin Kight wide open for a 70-yard touchdown pass. The score was set up by a nice play fake by tailback Ran Carthon. It was the longest play in Outback Bowl history and also was Leak's 15th touchdown pass of the season, tying an SEC record for freshmen.

THE ANSWER: One series after Florida's score, Iowa drove 63 yards on nine plays, culminating with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Chandler to Maurice Brown, who played his high school ball at Fort Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas.

KEY STATS: After one quarter, Leak already had 100 yards passing and Iowa tailback Fred Russell already had 70 rushing.



IOWA ON TOP: Nate Kaeding kicked a 47-yard field goal (which would have been good from 60) with 51 seconds gone in the second to give the Hawkeyes a 10-7 lead.

HAWKEYES ADD ON: Nathan Chandler made the score 17-7 on a 5-yard touchdown run with 8:56 remaining in the half. It was Chandler's sixth rushing touchdown of the season.

CHOMP: After sacking Chris Leak near the end of the quarter, Iowa defensive end Matt Roth got up and did the Gator chomp.

KEY STAT: After putting up 132 yards of offense on 14 plays in the first quarter, UF finished the half with 133 on 25.



PILING IT ON: Iowa's Matt Melloy blocked a punt by Eric Wilbur and then recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown with less than a minute gone in the period. The block was a Hawkeye record fifth of the season.

ON THE BOARD AGAIN: With 11:19 remaining in the quarter, Florida's Matt Leach kicked a 48-yard field goal, reducing Iowa's lead to 27-10. The kick was the second longest by a Gator in a bowl game. Jeff Chandler booted a 51-yarder against Miami in the 2001 Sugar Bowl.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC: Iowa running back Fred Russell put the game away with a 34-yard touchdown run with 4:37 left. That gave Russell the mark for most rushing yards in a game against Florida this year.



WHERE ARE THE FANS? As the quarter began, Gator fans started to leave in droves.

MR. AUTOMATIC: Iowa kicker Nate Kaeding kicked his third field goal with 13:59 remaining. This one came from 38 yards out.

TRY, TRY AGAIN: Dallas Baker had his first career touchdown catch taken away when he was called for offensive pass interference. But he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Chris Leak with 3:47 left to get that first TD.

TIRED LEG: Gator punter Eric Wilbur kicked his ninth punt of the game - an Outback Bowl record - in the final quarter. He broke the record of eight set by former Gator Ingle Martin in last year's game.

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