Star of the game
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley, who stood tall and picked his targets with a passing game that stunned Ohio State, threw five touchdown passes and was 20 of 31 for 226 yards and no interceptions. Four of the TD passes went to tight ends and one to a fullback as the Hawkeyes picked at the seams.
It was 17-17 at 3:12 of the second quarter when the Buckeyes forced a bad pass from Stanley on third-and-8 at the OSU 40-yard line. But Nick Bosa was called for a targeting hit on Stanley and ejected. Stanley threw a 25-yard TD pass to tight end Noah Fant on the next play.
A shot at making the College Football Playoffs? Oh yeah, that’s gone. But the Buckeyes, after suffering their most lopsided beating since, well, since a 31-0 loss to Clemson in a playoff semifinal last season, still control their destiny in the Big Ten East. But just like after a loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 9, they look vulnerable to all.