The Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) remain undefeated, adding a 34-24 victory over the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday even though cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected for targeting.
The win did not come easy for OSU head coach Urban Meyer. Iowa played a physical Big Ten brand of football and controlled the line of scrimmage on defense and offense in the first half.
The Hawkeyes’ offense dominated the Buckeye defense early and Iowa took a 17-10 lead into intermission.
Quarterback Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes in the first half and routinely completed short passes under the Buckeye defense. He finished the day 19-of-34 for 245 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Rudock and the Hawkeyes were shut down in the second half by a much tighter Buckeye defense and were limited to only one touchdown in the third quarter.
The Buckeye offense was sluggish in the first 30 minutes but got rolling in the second half. Braxton Miller finished 22-of-27 for 222 yards passing and rushed for another 102 yards on 18 carries. He routinely out-danced the Iowa defense to pick up key third-down conversions.
If he continues to perform at this high of a level, he will quickly re-enter Heisman conversations.
There was a controversial call made in the first half as star cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected by the officials for targeting.
During the first quarter, on the Hawkeyes’ second possession, Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz caught a pass and was hit by Roby as he was…
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