2005 Capital One Bowl
1234 Total
LSU 012013 25
Iowa 77313 30
DateJanuary 1, 2005
StadiumFlorida Citrus Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPDrew Tate (Iowa QB)
FavoriteLSU by 7
RefereeHal Dowden (Big XII)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersGary Thorne (play-by-play)
Ed Cunningham (analyst)
Jerry Punch (sidelines)
Capital One Bowl
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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,[1] 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.[2] The game was part of the 2004 college football season and was the concluding game of the season for both teams.

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.[1] Saban and Ferentz worked together in 1993 and 1994 as assistants to Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns.

The game had 70,229 fans in attendance; Tate was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[3]

LSU became the first defending BCS national champion to lose a non-BCS bowl the following year by losing this game.[citation needed]


The game was played between the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference and the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference. It was the first meeting between the two programs.

LSU Tigers

Main article: 2004 LSU Tigers football team

LSU entered the bowl with a 9–2 record (6–2 in conference).

Iowa Hawkeyes

Main article: 2004 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP LSU IOWA
1 12:42 6 69 2:18 IOWA Clinton Solomon 57-yard touchdown reception from Drew Tate, Kyle Schlicher kick good 0 7
2 14:51 6 19 1:55 LSU 29-yard field goal by Chris Jackson 3 7
2 9:26 7 15 2:52 LSU 47-yard field goal by Chris Jackson 6 7
2 1:04 IOWA Blocked punt returned 7 yards for touchdown by Sean Considine, Kyle Schlicher kick good 6 14
2 0:38 1 74 0:26 LSU Alley Broussard 74-yard touchdown run, Chris Jackson kick failed 12 14
3 9:59 12 60 1:59 IOWA 19-yard field goal by Kyle Schlicher 12 17
4 12:48 10 72 4:30 IOWA Marques Simmons 4-yard touchdown run, Kyle Schlicher kick good 12 24
4 8:21 11 74 4:27 LSU Skyler Green 22-yard touchdown reception from JaMarcus Russell, Chris Jackson kick good 19 24
4 0:46 12 69 4:20 LSU Skyler Green 3-yard touchdown reception from JaMarcus Russell, 2-point pass failed 25 24
4 0:00 3 71 0:46 IOWA Warren Holloway 56-yard touchdown reception from Drew Tate, Kyle Schlicher kick not attempted 25 30
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 25 30


Statistics LSU IOWA
First downs 19 16
Plays–yards 71–346 61–334
Rushes–yards 36–118 29–47
Passing yards 228 287
Passing: comp–att–int 23–35–1 20–32–2
Time of possession 34:12 25:48
Team Category Player Statistics
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 (71 plays) to Iowa's 334 (61 plays). 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.[2]

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;[3] Marcus Randall was intercepted once by the Hawkeyes.[2] Both teams fumbled the ball once, though neither time was the ball recovered by the other team.[3]

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.[3]

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.


  1. ^ a b "LSU looks to send Saban off victorious". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Iowa vs. Louisiana State". USA Today. January 1, 2005. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "Iowa 30, LSU 25". HawkeyeSports.com. January 1, 2005. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2008.