Micah Hyde scored on a meandering, 72-yard interception return in the fourth quarter to help Iowa beat 14th-ranked Missouri, 27-24, in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday night in Tempe, Ariz.
Fill-in freshman Marcus Coker ran for 219 yards and two scores for the Hawkeyes. Undermanned due to injuries and suspensions, Iowa (8-5) turned to Coker, who had 403 yards and a touchdown as Adam Robinson’s backup during the regular season.
The bruising freshman had no trouble taking over with Robinson gone on suspension, setting school records for yards and carries (33) in front of an Insight Bowl-record 53,453 fans.
Missouri (10-3) had its way with Iowa’s once-stout defense most of the night, rolling up 512 yards, including a school bowl record 434 passing by Blaine Gabbert. But Gabbert was intercepted twice and couldn’t lead the Tigers to a score on their final drive.
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Missouri reached Iowa’s 43 with less than three minutes left, but Gabbert threw incomplete passes on third-and-6 and fourth-and-6.
Iowa was then able to run out the clock.
Robinson, who had been suspended for the game for failing to follow team policies, was charged Tuesday with possession of marijuana.
CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL
Russell Wilson threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, leading North Carolina State past No. 22 West Virginia, 23-7.
Wilson also had 41 yards rushing, Josh Czajkowski made three field goals and the Wolfpack (9-4) won nine games for only the second time in school history.
Geno Smith had 196 yards passing for the Mountaineers (9-4), who committed five second-half turnovers.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said quarterback Christian Ponder will start Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl against South Carolina. Ponder has had a sore right elbow. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four Ohio State teammates apologized for selling championship rings and memorabilia and taking discounts from a tattoo parlor. Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was released from a Tampa hospital after spending a day there being treated for mild gastritis.
East Carolina (6-6) vs. Maryland (8-4)
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. today, ESPN. WHERE: Washington, D.C.
THE BUZZ: Maryland was perhaps the ACC’s biggest surprise this season. So what’s the Terps’ reward? Basically staying at home for their bowl game. Eastern Carolina is tremendous offensively (445.0 ypg, 38.2 ppg) but atrocious defensively (478.8 ypg, 43.4 ppg). This is the fourth ACC foe of the season for ECU, which upset N.C. State but lost to North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Maryland also beat N.C. State and didn’t play UNC or the Hokies.
THE LINE: Maryland by 71/2. THE PICK: Maryland, 47-38.
Baylor (7-5) vs. Illinois (6-6)
WHEN: 3 p.m. today, ESPN. WHERE: Houston
THE BUZZ: Both teams were mild surprises this season but faded down the stretch. Baylor is strong offensively but comes in on a three-game losing streak. Illinois is solid defensively but comes in having lost three of four. Baylor QB Robert Griffin, who went to elementary school in Olympia, and Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure are among the best players in the nation at their positions.
THE LINE: Baylor by 1. THE PICK: Baylor, 30-24.
Arizona (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2)
WHEN: 6:15 p.m. today, ESPN. WHERE: San Antonio
THE BUZZ: Arizona collapsed down the stretch and comes in having lost four in a row. Oklahoma State was one of the nation’s most pleasant surprises, thanks to its extremely potent offense. Can Arizona regain its lost mojo? If so, this will be entertaining.
THE LINE: Oklahoma State by 51/2. THE PICK: Oklahoma State, 41-31.