Oct. 19, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The upset was there for the taking, but No. 3/4 Ohio State flexed its muscles, scoring the final 10 points and outscoring the Hawkeyes 24-7 in the second half to claim a 34-24 victory in front of 105,264 fans inside Ohio Stadium.
“You don’t get prizes for playing a good first half,” said UI head coach Kirk Ferentz. “You have to play the full 60 minutes. I think we realize it’s a matter of what do we have to do to be in a better situation the next time we get this chance.”
After Ohio State took its first lead midway through the third quarter, the Hawkeyes showed some fight with an answer via a big play from an unlikely source. After a holding penalty negated an 8-yard Mark Weisman run on first down, sophomore Jake Rudock connected with sophomore tight end Jake Duzey on a wheel route on the sideline, and he out-ran the Buckeye defense for an 85-yard score to even the game at 24.
The touchdown was the ninth-longest in school history, and the second-longest by an Iowa tight end (Brad Banks to Dallas Clark – 95 yards).
With quarterback Braxton Miller orchestrating the offense, the Buckeyes drove 75 yards over 10 plays to take a 31-24 lead. Miller connected with Devin Smith for a 16-yard gain to the Iowa 31 before rushing twice for 12 yards into the red zone. Running back Carlos Hyde did the rest, taking a handoff on the next play, breaking three tackles and scoring from 19-yards out to give Ohio State the lead.
After a five-play Iowa drive, the Buckeyes extended the lead to double digits with Drew Basil’s 25-yard field goal. The 11-play, 64-yard drive started with a pair of Hyde rushes for nine yards, and Miller scampered for 12 yards to move to midfield. Hyde then rushed over the left end for 28 yards to the 12, before Iowa’s defense held to force Basil’s field goal attempt.
Ohio State finished with 495 yards of total offense (306 in second half), running for 273 yards on 51 carries and throwing for 222. Iowa netted 375 yards (130 rushing, 245 passing), but just 153 in the second half. The Buckeyes did not punt in the game for the first time in five years.
Rudock completed 19-of-34 attempts for 245 yards with a career-best three touchdowns. Duzey had a career-high six catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. The Hawkeyes’ tight ends combined for 11 catches. Junior Damon Bullockpaced the rushing attack with 56 yards on 10 carries, while Weisman had 52 yards on 10 carries.
Three Hawkeye defenders finished in double-digits in tackles. Freshman Desmond King had 12 stops, including 10 solo tackles, while seniors James Morris and Anthony Hitchens had 12 and 11 tackles, respectively.
Miller completed 22-of-27 passes for 22 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 102 yards on the ground. Hyde paced the Buckeyes, rushing for 149 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns.
“Braxton is a really good athlete and good quarterback back there,” said Ferentz. “He’s a unique player; he can throw the football and is an outstanding runner. There were times where it looked like we had him under control and contained, but he maneuvered and to his credit, made some good plays.
“He and No. 34 (Hyde) make a good combination back there.”
After trailing 17-10 at the half, the Buckeyes scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half to take their first lead at 24-17. Ohio State went 75 yards over 13 plays to even the game at 17. The Buckeyes rushed for 44 yards on the drive, which ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Hyde — the first rushing touchdown surrendered by the Hawkeye defense in 2013.
Iowa’s offense picked up one first down before being forced to punt, and Ohio State took over at its own 16 yard line and drove 84 yards in 11 plays to take a 24-17 lead. The drive was quick-and-efficient with Miller picking up chunks of yards on the ground and through the air. The go-ahead score came on a 14-yard wide receiver screen to Devin Smith with 3:15 left in the third quarter.
The first half was an offensive juggernaut with Iowa and Ohio State scoring on the game’s first five possessions and combining for nearly 400 yards of total offense.
The Hawkeyes made a statement to start the game, moving the ball 80 yards on 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Rudock went 5-of-5 for 51 yards and a score during the opening series with all five completions going to three different tight ends.
Bullock secured Iowa’s first two downs on the ground before Rudock connected with redshirt freshman tight end George Kittle for a 24-yard gain to the Ohio State 33. Following a 5-yard Weisman rush and a short pass to Duzey, Rudock kept the chains moving by converting a third-and-1 with a quarterback sneak up the middle.
Two plays later, Rudock found Duzey again in the flat off a play-action fake. The sophomore gained 15 yards to the 4, and two plays later senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz made a diving catch in the back of the end zone from two yards out to make the score 7-0.
Ohio State answered, moving 65 yards over 12 plays before settling for a field goal. The Buckeyes rushed for 47 yards on the ground during the series, which included runs of 10 and 16 yards by Miller on successive plays, the latter of which moved Ohio State into the red zone.
After forcing a third-and-4 from the 10, the Hawkeyes forced a field goal when defensive lineman Louis Trinca-Pasat batted down Miller’s third down attempt. Basil connected on a 27-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.
The Hawkeyes put points on the board for a second-straight possession when they moved 67 yards over 10 plays to make the score 10-3. Iowa advanced to midfield when Rudock connected with Fiedorowicz for a 10-yard strike before Bullock followed with a 12-yard gain.
On first-and-10 at the Ohio State 39, Rudock found Fiedorowicz for an 11-yard gain and Buckeye All-American Bradley Roby was whistled for a 15-yard personal foul and targeting penalty on the play, which led to his ejection. Iowa moved to the 10 yard line before settling on Mike Meyer’s 28-yard field goal.
The Buckeyes evened the score at 10 on its first drive of the second quarter, when it needed just four plays to cover 74 yards. Play action sucked in the Iowa safeties on the play, and Miller connected with a wide open Corey Brown for a 58-yard scoring strike.
The Hawkeyes had another answer, using a 15-play, 69-yard scoring drive to take a 17-10 lead. The 15-play drive was the longest surrendered by the Ohio State defense this season.
Weisman opened the series with gains of 5 and 9 yards to near midfield before Rudock connected with fullback Macon Plewa out of the backfield for 12 yards into Ohio State territory. Iowa converted four third downs on the drive.
The first was a 7-yard completion to Duzey to the 32 before Rudock connected with junior Damond Powell on a 9-yard bubble screen to the 21. Following a pair of LeShun Daniels, Jr., rushes to the 13, Weisman bulldozed his way over Ryan Shazier to pick up a first down at the 11. Rudock found Kevonte Martin-Manley for a 6-yard touchdown reception on third-and-5 from the 6.
Iowa’s defense made the game’s first and only stop of the game on the following possession when it stopped the Buckeyes on two fourth-down attempts. After moving to the Iowa 26, Ohio State elected to go on fourth-and-10 from the 29. Miller initially evaded the Iowa rush and scrambled for a first down to the 10, but the play was negated on off-setting penalties.
Ohio State went a second time, but senior John Lowdermilk knocked the ball loose from Evan Spencer in the end zone, allowing Iowa to take over on downs.
Iowa (4-3, 1-2) returns to Iowa City to host Northwestern on Oct. 26. Game time is set for 11 a.m. (CT) inside Kinnick Stadium. “They’re a very good football team, and are well coached,” said Ferentz. “We have a great series with them and have a great competitive series back-and-forth. There is nothing easy in conference play. The guys focused and prepared well this week, and it’s going to have to be the same next week and for the next five opponents.
“If we do a good job and understand that, we have a chance to have a good football team, but we can’t take our foot off the gas at all.”