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|Iowa Wraps Up Strangely Disappointing 2010
|DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's 2010 season will go down as perhaps the strangest of coach Kirk Ferentz's 12-year tenure.
The Hawkeyes (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) wrapped up a rather forgettable year on Tuesday night with a rather unforgettable 27-24 win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl. The game salvaged what had been a brutal end to the season and gave a strong start to an offseason of rebuilding.
Iowa looked like the team many thought it could be at times in 2010, most notably in dominating wins over Michigan State, Penn State and in rallying to beat the Tigers in Tempe.
Even in defeat, the Hawkeyes proved they could hang with anyone. But although Iowa's five losses came by just 18 points, the team that started the year ranked ninth won't finish nearly that high.
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