American Football Database
2006 Outback Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Iowa 0 7 0 17 24
University of Florida 7 17 7 0 31
Date January 2, 2006
Season 2005
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
MVP Conference USA refs/ tato
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Mark Jones, Chris Spielman, Rob Stone
Outback Bowl
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The 2006 Outback Bowl featured the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Florida Gators. Florida came into the game under first year head coach Urban Meyer with an 8-3 record. Iowa came into the game with a 7-4 record. The Gators represented the Southeastern Conference, while the Hawkeyes represented the Big Ten Conference.

Florida got on the board first, only 2 minutes into the game, when Tremaine McCollum blocked an Iowa punt, and returned it 6 yards for a touchdown. That was the only scoring of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Iowa stopped Florida inside its own five yard line, but Florida got a field goal from kicker Chris Hetland, to go up 10-0. With 1:57 left in the half, and Iowa driving, Iowa quarterback Drew Tate was intercepted by cornerback Vernell Brown, who returned it 60 yards for a touchdown, and a 17-0 lead.

Iowa came right back though, as quarterback Drew Tate found wide receiver Clinton Solomon for a 20 yard touchdown pass, to trim the lead to 17-7 with 1:10 to go in the half. It was enough time for Florida however, as Florida scored its first offensive touchdown of the game. Quarterback Chris Leak found wide receiver Dallas Baker for a 24 yard touchdown pass with 1 second left in the half, as Florida took a 24-7 lead into the locker room.

With 5:23 left in the third quarter, Florida seemingly put the game away, with a 38 yard touchdown pass from Leak to Baker, to put Florida up 31-7, but Iowa would come back. Early in the fourth quarter, Drew Tate found wide receiver Ed Hinkel for a 4 yard touchdown pass to trim the margin to 31-14. With less than 7 minutes to play, Tate again found Hinkel, this time for a 14 yard touchdown pass, as Iowa drew within 31-21. Iowa stopped Florida once again, and got the ball back.

With 1:24 left in the game, Kirk Ferentz decided to kick a field goal, since they were down 2 possessions anyway. Kyle Schlicher kicked a 45 yard field goal, to make it a one possession game. His onside kick attempt was recovered by Iowa, but Iowa was controversially flagged for being offside, and Florida regained possession on the subsequent attempt.


Statistical Comparison[1]
Iowa Florida
1st Downs 23 26
Total Yards 410 447
Passing Yards 346 278
Rushing Yards 64 169
Penalties 8-60 0
3rd Down Conversions 9-18 9-18
4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-3
Turnovers 1 1
Time of Possession 24:35 35:25


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