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Posted on: Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Iowa owns Georgia Tech


By STEVEN WINE
Associated Press

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi is tackled by Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan in the third quarter of the Orange Bowl at Miami. Stanzi threw two early touchdown passes in the Hawkeyes' first BCS bowl win.

J. PAT CARTER | Associated Press

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MIAMI In the coldest Orange Bowl in history, the Iowa Hawkeyes' swarming defense kept the heat on Georgia Tech.

No. 10 Iowa solved Tech's explosive triple option and Ricky Stanzi threw two early touchdown passes for a 24-14 victory last night.

Despite a temperature of 49 degrees at kickoff, the Hawkeyes had Tech sweating from the start. 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.

"This was Hawkeye weather," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We feel right at home right now."

Iowa (11-2) earned its first Bowl Championship Series bowl win and matched the school record for victories.

Georgia Tech (11-3) totaled nine first downs and 155 yards, both season lows.

"We haven't played many games like that," said Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, a former University of Hawai'i offensive coordinator. "We couldn't seem to get anything going. We couldn't hit a pass play, couldn't hit a big play."

End Adrian Clayborn led Iowa's defensive charge. He had two sacks and nine tackles, and was chosen the game's MVP.