Carlos Hyde rushed for 149 yards and scored two second-half touchdowns to lead Ohio State to a 34-24 comeback victory over Iowa this afternoon in Ohio Stadium, extending its nation-best winning streak to 19 games.
Braxton Miller passed for 222 yards and ran for another 101 as the No.4 Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) rallied from a 17-10 halftime deficit despite not having the services of all-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby, who was ejected late in the first quarter for targeting a defenseless player.
Ohio State was mostly dominated by Iowa in falling behind at halftime as the Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2) ran 43 plays and rolled up 222 yards while keeping the ball for more than 18 minutes.
Jake Rudock passed for 245 yards and three touchdowns for Iowa. He had scoring passes of 2 yards to C.J. Fiedorowicz in the first quarter and 6 yards to Kevonte Martin-Manley in the second quarter to give the Hawkeyes their halftime edge.
Ohio State opened the second half with scoring drives of 13 plays and 11 plays to gain a 24-17 advantage. Hyde capped the first drive with a 1-yard plunge and Miller passed 14 yards to Devin Smith to finish the other drive.
Iowa tied the score again, though, when Rudock hit Jake Duzey on an 85-yard scoring play late in the third quarter.
Unfazed, OSU embarked on a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive to regain the lead for good. Hyde had the big play, a 19-yard scoring run in which he was knocked backwards 4 yards by Iowa safety Tanner Miller but regained his balance and dived into the end zone for the go-ahead score.
Drew Basil added a field goal with 5:50 remaining to make it 34-24.
Roby became the first Ohio State player to be ejected by the NCAA’s targeting rule, which was introduced this year. The incident occurred on a first-down play from the OSU 39, when Rudock passed to Fiedorowicz in the left flat. Roby left his man and popped Fiedorowicz with his left shoulder, but his helmet also made contact, sending Fiedorowicz’s mouthpiece flying.
After a discussion by officials and a booth review, Roby was ejected and the Buckeyes were assessed a penalty.