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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Iowa Beats Ga Tech in Orange Bowl, 24-14

Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi looks to pass during the first quarter against Georgia Tech during the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Stymied by the Iowa Hawkeyes' swarming defense, Georgia Tech found itself out of options.
No. 10 Iowa solved Tech's explosive triple option and Ricky Stanzi threw two early touchdown passes for a 24-14 victory Tuesday night in the coldest Orange Bowl ever.
Temperature at kickoff was 49 degrees, and Tech's offense was slow to warm up. The ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets averaged 35 points during the regular season, but their only score in the first three quarters came on Jerrard Tarrant's 40-yard interception return.

The Hawkeyes (11-2) earned their first Bowl Championship Series bowl win, matched the school record for victories and could claim their highest final ranking since finishing No. 3 in 1960.

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