The Buckeyes were on edge for the majority of Saturday afternoon’s contest with the Iowa Hawkeyes, but ultimately turned it on just in time to finish with a 34-24 victory and extend the 19-game win streak.
Carlos Hyde proved to be the workhorse again for the Buckeyes with 24 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns- the first rushing touchdowns allowed by Iowa this season- but was nearly matched by his backfield counterpart, Braxton Miller.
Miller accounted for 324 of Ohio State’s 495 yards, including 222 through the air and 102 on the ground.
In what might have been his most impressive performance as a passer, Braxton Miller finished with a 81.4 completion percentage, completing 22 of his 27 passes, and two touchdown passes, including a 58-yarder to Corey “Philly” Brown.
The Miller-Hyde combo combined for 473 of Ohio State’s 495 yards and all four Buckeye touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, the Iowa offense certainly proved to be better than advertised.
Hawkeyes’ sophomore quarterback, Jake Rudock, put forth the best performance of his young career with 245 passing yards and three touchdowns on Saturday afternoon, including a pristine 75-yard touchdown pass to Jake Duzey to tie the game at 24-24.
Duzey had quite a day as well, finishing with 138 yards on six receptions and that huge touchdown.
Ultimately though, the Ohio State proved to be too much in the second half for the Hawkeyes, who had a nearly perfect game-plan for the first half of action.
After a first half in which the Hawkeyes dominated Ohio State on both sides of the ball and took a 17-10 lead into halftime, the Buckeyes seemed to have received the message and came out on fire in the second half- outscoring Iowa by a score of 24-7 in the final two quarters.
Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde lead a 13-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a game-tying rushing touchdown for the Buckeyes- the first rushing touchdown allowed by Iowa on the season.
The Ohio State defense was finally able to halt the Iowa offense on their first drive of the second half and the Buckeye offense took advantage with another long drive. This time, the 11-play, 84-yard sequence resulted in a Braxton Miller touchdown pass to Devin Smith that gave Ohio State a 24-17 lead.
Just as the Buckeye rout seemed imminent, with Iowa backed up into their own territory after a holding penalty, Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock connected with Jake Duzey on a 75-yard touchdown pass that was just out of the reach of Ohio State cornerback Armani Reeves.
Tied at 24, the Buckeye offense went back to work and put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive that finished off with a monstrous touchdown-run from Carlos Hyde during which he broke a tackle, went backwards, picked himself up, went forward again and leaped into the endzone to give the Buckeyes the 31-24 lead.
The Buckeyes would add another field goal and finish off their 19th straight victory with an interception of Rudock late in the fourth quarter.
The victory propelled Ohio State into their next matchup- a visit from Penn State under the bright lights of Ohio Stadium- with the Buckeyes looking to push the streak to 20 straight wins.