Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) dives across the goal line past Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey (20) for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Columbus. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)
PLAY OF THE GAME
- TIME: 13:24, fourth quarter
- SCORE: Tie game, 24-24
- DOWN AND DISTANCE: Ohio State had first-and-10 at Iowa’s 19
- FORMATION AND PERSONNEL: Iowa – Base 4-3 defense. Ohio State – Two wide receivers on each side, tight end motions from left to right; quarterback Braxton Miller in the shotgun with running back Carlos Hyde to his left.
- WHAT HAPPENED: Miller and Hyde ran option to the right. Hyde took the ball, found an open lane outside the defensive end, cut inside and was hit at the 9-yard by Iowa free safety Tanner Miller. Hyde bounced two yards back off Miller, regained his balance, rushed for the end zone and dove in from the 3.
- WHY IT WAS IMPORTANT: The play gave the Buckeyes a 31-24 lead.
- THE QUOTE 1: “It was a basic jet sweep play,” Hyde said. “Braxton read it right, gave it to me and I followed my blocks. I thought the safety had me, but I managed to stay up. When I saw Philly Brown with the block, I got excited and knew I had it.”
- THE QUOTE 2: “It was a wild play from what I heard and saw up on the big screens,” Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer said.
- THE QUOTE 3: “He’s a good athlete,” Iowa defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat.
- THE ANALYSIS: Nearly every Iowa player took a misstep or was blocked on the play. Defensive end Drew Ott failed to set the edge and went after the quarterback, who easily gave up the ball. Ott was then out of the play. Linebacker James Morris took a step inside, then quickly recovered only to get blocked by the motion tight end Jeff Heuerman. Slot receiver Corey Brown hit Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey for only a second, but it was pivotal. Split end Devin Smith blocked down on strong safety John Lowdermilk and sent him five yards past Hyde, who was within reaching distance of Lowdermilk. Tanner Miller nearly corralled Hyde but didn’t put him down. Morris recovered and was in position to meet Hyde at the 3, but Brown moved in front of Morris to prevent him from making the tackle. Hyde dove in ahead of Kirksey.