COLUMBUS — The number 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes held the Iowa Hawkeyes to under 200 yards of total offense as they won going away, 54-10, Saturday afternoon at Columbus Stadium in Columbus. OSU improved to 7-0 on the season.
The Hawkeyes got only 158 yards of total offense as the Buckeye defense had five sacks and forced six turnovers, three interceptions and three fumbles.
CJ Stroud passed for 286 yards and four touchdowns.
Tanner McAllister intercepted Spencer Petras’ pass on the first play of the game and set up a Noah Ruggles 46-yard field goal to put the Buckeyes ahead, 3-0. After forcing the Hawkeyes to a three-and-out, Stroud fumbled and Joe Evans recovered and returned it 11-yards for a touchdown to put Iowa ahead, 7-3.
The Buckeyes responded with a 10 play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Miyan Williams to give the Buckeyes a 10-7 lead.
Lathan Ransom recovered a Petras fumbled which set up the second of three first quarter field goals by Ruggles as the Buckeyes led, 16-7, after one quarter.
The Hawkeyes got a 49-yard field by Drew Stevens with 10:07 left in the second quarter to get them within six, 16-10. Ruggles made his fourth field goal of the game to extend it to 19-10.
Tommy Eichenberg intercepted Petras and returned it 15-yards for a score to increase Ohio State’s lead to 26-10 at halftime.
Stroud threw a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter. The first one was a six-yard score to Marvin Harrison, Jr. and the second was to Egbuka Emeka from 13 yards to expand OSU’s advantage to 40-10 after three quarters.
Stroud passed for two more scores in the fourth quarter. He hit Julian Fleming for a 79-yard score and then found Mitch Rossi from three-yards away to end the scoring.
Ohio State will be on the road next Saturday, October 29, in State College, PA to play the Penn State Nittany Lions. Kickoff will be at 12 noon.
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