2005 Capital One Bowl
The 2005 Capital One Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the LSU Tigers on January 1, 2005, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Spread bettors favored LSU by seven points, but Iowa won, 30–25, when quarterback Drew Tate completed a 56-yard pass to wide receiver Warren Holloway for a touchdown as time expired. The game was part of the 2004 college football season and was the concluding game of the season for both teams.
|2005 Capital One Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 2005|
|Stadium||Florida Citrus Bowl|
|MVP||Drew Tate (Iowa QB)|
|Favorite||LSU by 7|
|Referee||Hal Dowden (Big XII)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Gary Thorne (play-by-play)|
Ed Cunningham (analyst)
Jerry Punch (sidelines)
Prior to the game, LSU head coach Nick Saban announced that he was leaving LSU to become the head coach for the Miami Dolphins. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz also drew attention from NFL teams, but ultimately signed a contract extension through 2012. Saban and Ferentz worked together in 1993 and 1994 as assistants to Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns.
LSU became the first defending BCS national champion to lose a non-BCS bowl the following year by losing this game.
LSU entered the bowl with a 9–2 record (6–2 in conference).
Iowa entered the bowl with a 9–2 record (7–1 in conference). The Hawkeyes were co-Big Ten champions with Michigan; however, the Wolverines were granted the Big Ten's automatic BCS bid due to their 30–17 victory over Iowa on September 25, 2004.
|Time of possession||34:12||25:48|
|LSU||Passing||JaMarcus Russell||12/15, 128 yds, 2 TD|
|Rushing||Alley Broussard||13 car, 109 yds, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Dwayne Bowe||8 rec, 122 yds|
|Iowa||Passing||Drew Tate||20/32, 287 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT|
|Rushing||Marques Simmons||13 car, 35 yds, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Ed Hinkel||10 rec, 93 yds|
In total yardage, the teams were fairly equal; LSU had 346 yards to Iowa's 334. The Tigers held advantages many statistical categories, such as first downs, rushing yards, turnovers and time of possession. The Hawkeyes held the advantage in passing yards, 287–228.
Tate was the game's leading passer, throwing for all 287 of Iowa's passing yards. JaMarcus Russell was LSU's leading passer, throwing for 128 yards and two touchdowns, both to Skyler Green. Iowa's Jonathan Babineaux led the game in sacks, with three. Babineaux also led the game in tackles for loss, with 4.5. LSU intercepted Tate twice during the game; Marcus Randall was intercepted once by the Hawkeyes. Both teams fumbled the ball once, though neither time was the ball recovered by the other team.
In special teams play, Iowa's David Bradley punted the ball six times for 295 yards, a 49.2-yard average. LSU's Chris Jackson punted the ball four times for 181 yards, a 45.2-yard average. Jackson was also two-for-two in field goal kicking; Iowa's Kyle Schlicher was one-for-one in that regard. Green had the game's longest return of any kind, taking a kickoff return 58 yards.
Saban finished his five-year tenure at LSU 48-16. He returned to college football, and the SEC, two years after this game by accepting the head coaching position at Alabama. The Crimson Tide are 2-0 in the Capital One/Citrus Bowl under Saban, defeating Michigan State 49-7 in 2011 and Michigan 35-16 in 2020.
Two days after the game, LSU named Oklahoma State coach Les Miles to succeed Saban. Miles went 114-34 at LSU over 11-plus seasons, highlighted by a national championship in 2007. Miles' Tigers lost the 2010 game to Penn State 19-17. The Tigers won the December 2016 game 29-9 over Louisville and lost the 2018 game 21-17 to Notre Dame under current coach Ed Orgeron.