Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Braxton Miller threw a pair of touchdown
passes and Carlos Hyde rushed for two scores as fourth-ranked Ohio State
remained unbeaten under Urban Meyer with a 34-24 win over Iowa in Big Ten
Miller, who missed two games and most of a third with a knee injury,
efficiently moved the Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) offense, completing 22-
of-27 passes for 222 yards. He also carried 18 times for 102 yards, while
Hyde rushed 24 times for 149.
"I had a knee injury and set me back a little bit, but felt pretty good out
there," said Miller. "And the "O" line did a bell of a job and coaching and it
showed on the field."
Devin Smith and Corey Brown both had touchdown receptions for the Buckeyes,
who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games.
Iowa (4-3, 1-2) dropped its fifth straight game to OSU as Jake Rudock passed
for 245 yards and three scores. Jake Duzey, C.J. Fiedorowicz and Kevonte
Martin-Manley caught touchdown passes.
Damon Bullock and Mark Weisman both rushed 10 times for 56 and 52 yards,
The Hawkeyes controlled clock in the first half and led 17-10 at intermission,
but Ohio State came out of the locker room and dominated the final 30 minutes,
picking up 22 first downs to Iowa's six.
"You don't get prizes for playing a good first half," said Iowa 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."
OSU scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to gain its first lead of
the game. Hyde's 1-yard touchdown plunge on the opening drive of the second
half tied the score, and after an Iowa punt, Miller found Smith out of the
backfield for a 14-yard score.
Unfazed facing a 1st-and-20 from his own 15 moments later, Rudock connected
with Duzey down the right sideline. The tight end reached out and made the
catch before outrunning two defenders for an 85-yard score, Iowa's longest
The Buckeyes went back in front, 31-24, early in the fourth quarter. On 3rd-
and-7 from the Iowa 28, Miller kept the drive alive with his feet, sprinting
for a 9-yard gain after the pocket collapsed and he reversed field back to his
left. Hyde broke a trio of tackles, stayed on his feet and scored a play later
from 19 yards out.
"When he's running, I'm always expecting a big play," Hyde said about his
dynamic quarterback. "He can make something out of nothing. He is a
Drew Basil's 25-yard kick with 5:50 left in the game resulted in the final
Iowa struck first when Rudock faked a hand-off from the Ohio State 2 and flung
a pass to the back of the end zone, where Fiedorowicz made a diving touchdown
reception. Rudock was 5-for-5 for 50 yards on the 12-play scoring march.
Basil kicked a 27-yard field goal with 4:00 minutes left in the first quarter
to put OSU on the board.
The Buckeyes were dealt a major blow late in the first when 2012 Thorpe Award
semifinalist Bradley Roby, who led the nation with 19 passes defended a season
ago, became the second player in the Big Ten this season to get ejected for
targeting. Rudock found Fiedorowicz for an 11-yard pickup when Roby led with
his helmet and brought down the defenseless receiver.
Mike Meyer capped the drive with a short field goal with seven seconds left in
the quarter to spot the Hawkeyes a 10-3 advantage.
Ohio State tied the score minutes later, and the home crowd, which had been
quiet since Roby's ejection, came to life as Miller found a wide-open Brown
down the field for a 58-yard touchdown.
Iowa continued to burn clock with a 15-play scoring drive on its ensuing
touch. Rudock methodically marched his offense down the field, picking up four
third-down conversions which included a 6-yard touchdown to Martin-Manley in
the back of the end zone.
Ohio State has won 12 of the last 13 tilts against Iowa ... The Buckeyes still
have not allowed a rush of 20 or more yards this season ... Meyer improved to
35-2 as a head coach with more than a week to prepare ... Smith and Brown both
had 72 yards receiving ... Rudock completed his first eight passes to tight
ends ... Duzey had six catches for 138 yards.
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