Tampa, FL - Jan. 2, 2006
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Jim Donnan It was a pretty even game except for the gifts that Florida got in the form of the blocked punt and interception return. Iowa is a real gritty team and it almost came back and beat an SEC team in a New Year's bowl game for a second year in row. I was impressed with how Chris Leak threw the ball. It's clear he has a better understanding of what Urban Meyer is trying to run at Florida. -- Jim Donnan

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Chris Leak
Chris Leak threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns against Iowa.
Leak Proof
Iowa made one of its patented late-game comebacks, scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. But it was too little, too late for the Hawkeyes in the 2006 Outback Bowl as Florida was able to hang on for the 31-24 win in Tampa. Story | Watch ESPN Motion
It was over when ....

Iowa was unable to recover a second onside kick attempt after it scored a touchdown to make the score 31-24 with 1:24 left. The Hawkeyes recovered the first attempt but were flagged on a questionable offside call.

Game ball goes to ...

Dallas Baker. The Florida wide receiver had 10 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns -- including a highlight-reel one at the end of the first half.

Stat of the game...

9. Urban Meyer matched Ray Graves (1960) and Steve Spurrier (1990) for most victories for a coach in his first season at Florida.



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