Top takeaways from New Year’s Six bowl games

7Nick Easley ends his career in style

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A couple of years ago, Easley joined Iowa as a transfer out of Iowa Western Community College. On Tuesday, in his final game at the collegiate level, he had the best game of his career with the Hawkeyes.

The senior came into the Outback Bowl with 390 yards and three touchdowns receiving on the year. In his bowl game, he tallied eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

A game that started out looking like a one-sided snooze fest in which Iowa couldn’t do a darn thing on offense quickly turned into a win for the Hawkeyes once quarterback Nate Stanley got into a groove with Easley. It was the epitome of going out on top for No. 84.