The Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t make it easy by any means, but the Ohio State Buckeyes were able to remain unbeaten by surviving a scare from Kirk Ferentz’s team at home inside the Horseshoe, 34-24.
Ohio State actually found themselves down 17-10 at the half, after QB Jake Rudock found Kevonte Martin-Manley in the end zone midway through the second quarter on a six-yard scoring pass.
In the second half, the Buckeyes were able to take over.
About five minutes in to the third quarter, running back Carlos Hyde was able to find the end zone from one-yard out, tying the game up at 17, and then Braxton Miller hit Devin Smith on a 14-yard scoring play with about three minutes to go in the quarter.
Iowa fought right back after a miraculous 85-yard touchdown pass from Rudock to Jake Duzey down the right sideline, knotting it all up at 24.
But, a fourth quarter, 19-yard TD run by Hyde, coupled with a 25-yard field goal from Drew Basil were two things that the Hawkeyes had no answer for this afternoon.
Ohio State remains unbeaten at 7-0 now as they get set to welcome in a Penn State team into Columbus next week, a Penn State team coming off a huge win over the Buckeyes’ rival, Michigan,
Iowa drops to 4-3 on the season as they’ll face off against Northwestern next week inside Kinnick Stadium.