Oct. 30, 1999
With the Win
Ohio State’s 41-11 win over Iowa improves its record to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa falls to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the Big Ten. Ohio State has now won 11-consecutive Homecoming games dating back to a 31-26 loss to Purdue in 1988.
Today’s attendance of 93,561 marked the 16th-consecutive sellout at Ohio Stadium.
Run, Steve, Run
Steve Bellisari’s 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the longest TD run of his career. His previous best was against Cincinnati (11-yard run). He ended the day with a season-best 272 total yards.
Wiley Moves Up
Michael Wiley rushed for 86-yards to pass Raymont Harris (1990-93) for seventh-place on the all-time Ohio State rushing ladder. He now has a total of 2,715 yards.
Wells’ Career First
Jonathan Wells notched his first two-touchdown game in his career. Wells recorded a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a third-quarter 3-yard TD.
Houser’s Hot Hands
Senior Kevin Houser posted his first career touchdown off a Steve Bellisari 3-yard pass in the second quarter. After not catching a pass in the first five games, Houser has now caught a pass in the last four games, totaling 5 receptions for 46 yards.
Just Call Him Quick
In the second quarter, Ken-Yon Rambo marked his fifth reception over 50 yards this season. Rambo set a school record with three receptions for 50 or more yards in the win over Cincinnati (59-yard, 50-yard and 50-yard). His first 50-plus-yard catch came against Ohio (68-yard touchdown).
Cornerback Ahmed Plummer recorded his fourth interception this season and 13th in his career. He only needs two more interceptions to break into the top five of Ohio State’s all-time list. Neal Colzie (1972-74) stands at No. 5 with 15 pick-offs.
Moherman/Provitt’s Career Day
Austin Moherman’s 41-yard pass to Vanness Provitt set career highs for both players. Moherman recorded his longest pass, while Provitt posted his longest career reception. It also marked Provitt’s career first TD reception.
Team Season Bests
Ohio State set a new season high with 306 passing yards. The previous best was 269-yards against Ohio. The Buckeyes posted a season high total yards with 531. Ohio State also recorded a season best three interceptions.
Griffin’s No. 45 Retired
Archie Griffin, a three-time first-team All-American running back and college football’s only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, became the first Ohio State athlete to have his uniform number officially retired. Ohio State Director of Athletics Andy Geiger presented Griffin, who played for the Buckeyes between 1972 and 1975, with a framed replica of his jersey at halftime. The presentation was witnessed by Griffin’s 1974 teammates, who were in attendance for their 25th reunion.
Ohio State Head Coach John Cooper Quotes
“Obviously it was a good solid win for us. We moved the ball well. The balancing of passing and rushing went really well. I am very proud of the way we played.
“They couldn’t guess what we were going to do. They stopped the run, so we could open up the passing game.
“To jump on them 21-8 at halftime was a good feeling. It gave our team the momentum and it also gave our defense a lot of confidence.
“I am not happy that they kept the ball that long and converted that many third downs. That is a credit to Iowa’s quarterback.
“Matt Keller’s presence in the backfield gave us that needed leadership on the field. Also when Michael Wiley and Jonathan Wells have good games, we are hard to stop.
“We took Steve Bellisari out to give Austin a chance to see different defensive looks. Steve did miss some checks, so we decided to take him out and put Austin in.
“Joe Cooper is a good athlete. He is very refreshed because he hasn’t played as many games. He had a great, great game today and did a really nice job.
“We are getting better as the season goes. That is a credit to our players and our assistant coaches. This is probably the best game we have had on both sides of the ball. We came close to playing a complete game today. Defense and offense played very well.
“I wan to congratulate Archie Griffin. He deserves it more than anyone. He is greatly dedicated to this university and city.”
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz Quotes
“We scored on our first possession. It was great to take the ball and drive it that well. I think the story of the game was our inability to get off the field defensively. We are flirting with danger and putting a lot of pressure on us.
“We have to work on not turning the ball over. We are working hard, but we still have to keep on pushing.
“Scott Mullen played well. He got a lot of attention after last week’s game. I was pleased with what I saw today and how he prepared this week.”