IOWA CITY –
IOWA CITY – This was men and boys.
From a coaching staff that had its team prepared to the hilt to the quarterback who whirled and dished like a point guard. From a defense that leads the nation in attitude to the fifth-string running back making plays like a fifth-year senior.
This was varsity and junior varsity. Hammer and nail. Sack and quarterback.
Quarterback Drew Tate threw three touchdown passes and Iowa’s defense held No.-25 Ohio State to 177 yards in the Hawkeyes’ 33-7 victory Saturday before 70,397 at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) snapped an eight-game losing streak to Ohio State (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten) with its largest margin of victory over the Buckeyes. Iowa’s high was 23 points in a 35-12 victory in 1960.
OSU is 0-3 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1988.
“They didn’t give up,” said Iowa defensive end Matt Roth, who led the charge with two sacks. “We just kept getting better and stronger and faster and stronger and we just fed off the crowd and fed off our performance.”
That covers all the bases. The Hawkeyes were better and stronger and stronger and better.
Iowa’s defense allowed the Buckeyes to cross the 50 twice, once against the second team when OSU scored. Against Iowa’s first-team defense, OSU had 102 yards.
The only debate was when the Hawkeyes knew they had Ohio State. Might have been the fast start, the 10-0 halftime lead and the 86 total yards OSU had at halftime.
“We jumped on them and that really helped,” linebacker Chad Greenway said. “We knew if we jumped on them early we’d be all right.”
Might have been free safety Marcus Paschal’s interception with 2:32 left before halftime. The Buckeyes drove 68 yards to Iowa’s 13, but on third-and-8, Paschal picked off a lazy pass from quarterback Justin Zwick to preserve the lead.
“I think that got to them,” defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux said. “They had something going, feeling good about themselves and then they didn’t get anything out of it.”