Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes are winners of the 2010 Insight Bowl beating the Missouri Tigers 27-24 on Tuesday night in Tempe, Arizona. Mizzou did a lot of things right but a key interception late in the fourth quarter from QB Blaine Gabbert gave Iowa a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Gabbert had a big day throwing for 434 yards completing 41-of-57 passes and one touchdown. But it was his two interceptions that we'll remember in this game. The first one came in the end zone as the Tigers were driving to score. The second came with just under six minutes left in the game and Iowa returned it 72 yards for the touchdown giving them a 27-24 lead.
Missouri got the ball back and began driving down the field before facing a fourth and six. Iowa blitzed Gabbert on third and fourth down -- both incompletions. The fourth down play was an out route to WR T.J. Moe, who set a Mizzou bowl record with 15 receptions. Moe dove to catch the ball near the sidelines and the referees called it a catch.
Referees said they would review the play and they did for several minutes. Replays showed that Moe may not have held onto the ball throughout the catch. Personally, I didn't think there was enough evidence to overrule it.
Iowa got the ball back with a little over two minutes remaining after Mizzou's failed fourth down and got a first down on the first play, and ran twice on the next two plays setting themselves up with a third and three.
QB Ricky Stanzi lined up with Mizzou stacked on the line, and faked the handoff and hit tight end Allan Reisner who took it 39 yards down to the one yard line. Iowa was then able to run out the clock.
A disappointing game for Gary Pinkel and the Missouri Tigers.