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Iowa vs. Mississippi State: Outback Bowl final score, highlights, postgame coverage

Iowa's Nate Stanley looks to pass against Mississippi State in Tuesday's Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (USA TODAY Sports)
Iowa's Nate Stanley looks to pass against Mississippi State in Tuesday's Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (USA TODAY Sports)

Nate Stanley threw three touchdown passes, two set up by turnovers, and Iowa knocked off No. 18 Mississippi State 27-22 in the Outback Bowl on Tuesday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Iowa (9-4) receiver Nick Easley was named MVP after catching eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, a 75-yard bomb and then what proved to be a game-winning 8-yarder.

Stanley was 21-for-31 passing for 214 yards and an interception. A strip-sack forced by A.J. Epenesa and recovered by Chauncey Golston set up one TD, and Golston's interception off a tipped pass from Anthony Nelson led to Easley's second.

MSU (8-5) quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was also picked off by Jake Gervase in the end zone when a potential go-ahead TD was dropped by Stephen Guidry in the fourth quarter. Gervase broke up Fitzgerald's fourth-and-5 pass at the Iowa 31 with less than a minute left to seal the win.

Fitzgerald rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown as MSU also converted two Iowa turnovers into touchdowns within a minute near the start of the third quarter. But the QB was only 14-of-32 through the air for 152 yards and a score.

Iowa finished with minus-15 yards rushing, but took advantage of the Bulldogs' turnovers and eight penalties. The Hawkeyes weren't penalized.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak against SEC opponents for Iowa and was its second straight bowl victory.

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Postgame coverage

» Iowa 27, Mississippi State 22: Hawkeyes throw down with the 'big dog of the whole country'

» Hlas column: Former walk-ons walk off in glory for Iowa at Outback Bowl

» Nick Easley's 'right on time and out of nowhere' career ends with Outback Bowl MVP

» Game Report: Outback Bowl grades, numbers, notes and more

Scoring summary

Iowa 27, No. 18 Mississippi State 22

MSU — Jace Christmann 44 field goal (0-3, 6:37 1st)

MSU — Christmann 42 field goal (0-6, 0:45 1st)

IOWA — Miguel Recinos 44 field goal (3-6, 10:02 2nd)

IOWA — Nick Easley 75 pass from Nate Stanley; Recinos kick (10-6, 7:55 2nd)

IOWA — Ihmir Smith-Marsette 15 pass from Stanley; Recinos kick (17-6, 6:18 2nd)

MSU — Kylin Hill 1 pass from Nick Fitzgerald; pass failed (17-12, 11:26 3rd)

MSU — Fitzgerald 33 run; Christmann kick (17-19, 11:08 3rd)

IOWA — Easley 8 pass from Stanley; Recinos kick (24-19, 1:55 3rd)

MSU — Christmann 20 field goal (24-22, 12:04 4th)

IOWA — Recinos 40 field goal (27-22, 5:51 4th)

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