COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Carlos Hyde was staggered. So was No. 4 Ohio State.
Both bounced back.
Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead the Buckeyes back from a halftime deficit to a 34-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday, extending their win streak to an FBS-best 19 straight.
The game tilted on two athletic plays early in the fourth quarter.
Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller escaped the rush, ran right and then scooted all the way to the left sideline, running maybe 75 yards to gain 9 for a first down.
On the next play from the Iowa 19, Hyde took a handoff – the call is 13 dash – and bounced off right tackle. He rumbled to the 7-yard line, where he was hit hard by free safety Tanner Miller, the blow knocking him off balance. He had retreated all the way to the 11 by the time he regained his bearings and turned up the right sideline. Hyde ran to the 3 before vaulting just inside the corner post for the touchdown that put the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) ahead to stay.
”I’ve never had a run like that but that play was working all day,” the senior tailback said. ”The safety came up and hit me. I came out of it and I was still up. I was like, ‘Let me try to catch my balance.’ Once I did I turned around. … I was like, ‘Man, I haven’t even scored yet.’ When I saw (wide-out Corey Brown’s) block, I just went in for the touchdown.”
The game wasn’t the same after that.
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