Iowa defense faces test in slowing down Mississippi State offense

TAMPA, Florida (KCRG) - Mississippi State's defense has received a lot of attention, but the offense is pretty good as well.

Iowa's defense will have to slow down quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. He can beat teams with his arm and his legs. He leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 1,018 yards.

"I wouldn't say he's (Trace) McSorley," said Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker. "He's a lot bigger guy, but the guy is fast -- faster than you'd think."

Iowa and Mississippi State face-off in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day at 11 a.m.