IOWA CITY, Iowa — As the clock ticked down Saturday on Iowa’s 55-24 win over Ohio State, students stormed the field for the second time in as many seasons. It was the Hawkeyes' biggest win since an upset of undefeated Michigan in 2016.
After Iowa punted on its first two series in the second half, Miguel Recinos looked ready to attempt a 38-yard field goal to give the Hawkeyes a 17-point lead. Instead, Iowa motioned its line to the left side of the field and snapped the ball to holder Colten Rastetter, who threw an 18-yard pass to Tyler Kluver. Iowa put a dagger into Ohio State on the next play, as Nate Stanley threw to T.J. Hockenson for a 2-yard touchdown.
What went right
Everything in the passing game clicked for Iowa. The Hawkeyes have been hampered by drops, shaky offensive line play and overthrows this season. Iowa only allowed one sack and continuously made impressive catches against Ohio State. Even when the pass rush reached Stanley, it couldn’t take him down. Sam Hubbard latched onto his leg in the third quarter, but Stanley stayed upright and rifled a touchdown pass to Hockenson.
Ohio State’s receivers found the most success against cornerback Manny Rugamba. Late in the third quarter, Terry McLaurin beat him down the sideline, but J.T. Barrett underthrew him, allowing Rugamba to recover and break up the pass.
Stanley threw five touchdowns for the second time this season, completing 20 of 31 passes for 226 yards. Iowa used its tight end duo of Noah Fant and Hockenson to attack Ohio State’s secondary. Fant had a career-high four receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns, while Hockenson finished with career-highs of five receptions, 71 yards and two touchdowns. Fant leads Iowa with seven touchdown receptions this season. Joshua Jackson showed why he’s shooting up NFL draft boards. He accounted for three of Iowa’s four interceptions, tying the school record. On his third interception, he channeled his Odell Beckham Jr., side by making a fabulous one-handed catch. Jackson has 20 pass deflections and five interceptions this season.
Barrett threw one interception on 245 pass attempts in Ohio State’s first eight games. Iowa intercepted the Heisman hopeful four times, including an Amani Hooker pick returned for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Barrett finished the game completing 18 of 34 passes for 208 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.
“We came into this game as heavy underdogs for good reason. Ohio State is a tremendous football team. But the big thing is our guys really believed in themselves. They came out and played with great energy, great effort and played opportunistic football.” — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
Akrum Wadley rushed for 118 yards, his highest total of the season. He would have had more if Ferentz didn’t take him out in the fourth quarter in favor of James Butler and Toren Young. Nonetheless, Wadley became the ninth player in school history to eclipse 2,500 career rushing yards.