Oct. 30, 2017
#3 Ohio State vs. Iowa
Saturday, November 4th, 2017, 3:30 p.m. ET
Kinnick Stadum (70,585), Iowa City, Iowa
Steve Levy (Play-By-Play)
Brian Gries (Analyst)
Todd McShay (Sideline)
RADIO: WBNS (97.1 The Fan). The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following the thrilling come-from-behind victory in Ohio Stadium Saturday against No. 2 Penn State, Ohio State will take its momentum on the road as it travels to Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff against the Iowa Hawkeyes on ESPN.
Facing two separate 18-point first-half deficits and a 15-point PSU lead in the fourth quarter, Ohio State was led by senior QB J.T. Barrett, who completed 33-of-39 passes for 328 and four touchdowns – three of which came in the fourth quarter. Barrett completed his final 16 passes – including all 13 in the fourth quarter – and added 95 rushing yards in his school-record total of 423 total yards of offense. WR K.J. Hill caught a career high 12 passes for 102 yards while Johnnie Dixon hauled in two fourth-quarter TDs. TE Marcus Baugh caught the game-winning TD, a 16-yard strike with just 1:48 remaining in the game.
The Buckeyes’ defense was stout against one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, holding the Nittany Lions to 283 yards of total offense and just 91 on the ground. Ohio State recorded a season-high 13 TFLs and limited Saquon Barkley to just 44 yards on 21 carries.
Ohio State and Iowa haven’t played since a 34-24 victory in 2013 that was keyed by a 149- yard effort on the ground from Carols Hyde and 222 yards passing from Braxton Miller. This will be the 65th meeting all time in a series that dates back to 1922. The Buckeyes have won 12 of the 13 meetings since 1992.
UrbanMeyer has a 44-2 regular season record in Big Ten conferenceplay and the Buckeyes are 21-1 in Big Ten road games since 2012.J.T. Barrett needs just 29 yards rushing to pass Florida’s TimTebow for 23rd in NCAA history in rushing yards among quarterbacks.The Buckeyes have given up zero punt return yards thus far in eightgames. Ohio State has won the last three meetings over Iowa and sixof the last seven games that have been played in Iowa City. TheBuckeyes won 16 straight in the series between 1963 and 1980. RBJ.K. Dobbins is on pace to become just the fourth Ohio Statefreshman to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Ohio State has atleast nine tackles-for-loss in six of eight games this season.Nick Bosa leads the way in that category with 10.0 TFL forminus 38 yards and four sacks for minus 27 yards. The Buckeyes’defense is surrendering just 248.8 yards per game over the last sixcontests (122.8/game rushing, 126.0/game passing). Five of the lastsix opponents have been held under 300 yards of total offense. OhioState’s offense has put up 500 or more yards of total offense in aschool-record six consecutive games. Johnnie Dixon is averaging a team-high 25.5 yards per receptionand nearly half of his 13 catches have gone for touchdowns (six).
Iowa is 5-3 on the season and 2-3 in Big Ten play following its 17-10 victory last Saturday over Minnesota. The Hawkeyes used touchdown drives on their opening possessions of both halves and got a fourthquarter field goal from Miguel Recinos
The Hawkeyes own wins this year over Wyoming, No. 16 Iowa State, North Texas, Illinois and Minnesota with narrow losses to No. 7 Penn State (21-19), No. 21 Michigan State (17-10) and Northwestern (17-10).
Quarterback Nate Stanley has started all eight games this year and is completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,703 yards, 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His favorite target is Nick Easley, who has 36 catches for 375 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, senior Akrum Wadley is sixth in the conference with 643 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, senior linebacker Josey Jewell is among the nation’s best, racking up 81 total tackles (42 solo) with 9.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and one interception. His 11.6 tackles per game average is tops of the conference. On the back end, Joshua Jackson leads the Big Ten with 17 total passes defended (15 PBU, two INT).
Iowa ranks 10th in the conference in scoring offense (25.0 points/ game), third in scoring defense (17.4 points/game), 10th in total offense (345.9 yards/game) and eighth in total defense (368.8 yards/game).
LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK’S WIN VS. PENN STATE