October, 20, 2013 Oct 20 9:00 AM ET COLUMBUS, Ohio — A closer look at the standouts in No. 4 Ohio State’s 34-24 win over Iowa on Saturday at the Horseshoe. QB Braxton Miller: After admitting earlier in the week that he wasn’t feeling like his “old self,” the junior quarterback turned in a vintage performance both on the ground and through the air to keep the Buckeyes unbeaten. Miller was staggeringly efficient as he completed 22 of his 27 passing attempts, throwing for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. And his knee clearly wasn’t holding him back, as he rushed for 102 yards, including a highlight-reel scramble in the fourth quarter to set up the go-ahead touchdown.
LB Curtis Grant: Playing with a heavy heart after the loss of his father during the bye week, Grant channeled the emotions into a productive outing in the middle of the defense and helped spark the unit into a strong finish after a sloppy first half. The junior linebacker didn’t make as many tackles as Ryan Shazier, but Grant’s eight hits were next on the list and continued his emergence after two mostly lost seasons on the sideline.
RB Carlos Hyde: The bullish rusher might have the ultimately highlight to illustrate his style now. The senior took a handoff around the right side in the red zone, bounced off a tackler inside the 10-yard line and actually went backwards for a few yards before regaining his footing for the game-winning touchdown. In all, Hyde racked up 149 yards and added one other score. Covers Ohio State and the Big Ten.Joined ESPN in 2012.Attended the University of Wyoming.
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