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Hyde Iowa3 Andrew WeberUSATodayOhio State scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the 3rd quarter to overcome a 7-point halftime deficit, and hold off the Iowa Hawkeyes 34-24. The win was the 19th straight for the Buckeyes under Urban Meyer, and kept them unbeaten in 2013 at 7-0. Braxton Miller threw 2 touchdown passes and Carlos Hyde rushed for two more scores, as the Buckeye offense was in high gear all afternoon. Now...about that defense.

The Iowa offense had their way with the Buckeye defenders in the early going, scoring the first three times they had the ball to take first half leads of 10-3 and 17-10. Iowa mixed their play-action passing game with an effective rushing attack, and had a young OSU defensive line back on their heels. Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock threw his first seven completions to three different tight ends, and Iowa moved the chains and scored as if they didn’t know they were playing the nation’s No. 4 team in front of 105,264 hostile fans.


Dan Wismar

- Saturday, October 19, 2013

- Ohio Stadium - Columbus, Ohio

- Iowa at Ohio State

- 3:30 p.m. ET

- TV: ABC -

OSU Iowa2The second half of the regular season begins Saturday as the 6-0 Buckeyes host the Iowa Hawkeyes for Homecoming in Columbus. Ohio State comes off a bye week and into a stretch of five straight games against some of the lesser lights of the Big Ten before they head to Ann Arbor (okay, six straight).  OSU Is meeting the Hawkeyes for the first time since 2010, and has won 13 of the last 14 contests between these programs.

Next comes the obligatory weekly line about Ohio State’s winning streak under Urban Meyer, now at 18 straight, as the nation’s longest. And really, the zero on that side of the ledger is the overriding story of this game for No. 3 Ohio State...and will be for the next month of games unless and until it goes away. Meyer appears to join the rest of the nation in its collective yawn at the Buckeyes 18-0 start on his watch, saying all the right things about keeping the focus on today, and on this week’s opponent.


Mike Furlan


Whether or not an undefeated Ohio State team gets into the BCS National Championship Game has become one of the hottest topics on college football message boards.  At this point in the season there are typically a mess of undefeated teams and anxiety starts building about which teams will get left out. 

This point is especially poignant for Ohio State fans because the Buckeyes started the season ranked #2 and firmly in control of their own destiny, but an uninspiring win in Week One over Buffalo immediately dropped the Buckeyes to #3 and growing support for Clemson pushed the Tigers above Ohio State to #4 in the AP the following week.  Although the AP has nothing to do with crowning a BCS National Champion, the slip in the rankings was an alarm that national perception of this Ohio State team was losing traction.


Dan Wismar

Hyde4NWOhio State engineered a second half comeback behind the relentless running of Carlos Hyde to edge an inspired Northwestern team and notch their 18th straight victory under Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes trailed for the first time all season, and faced a 23-13 deficit late in the 3rd quarter before the defense stiffened, and Hyde took over the offensive load, rushing for 112 of his career high 168 yards in the second half.

After leading 3-0 and 10-7 early in the game, Ohio State would trail for most of the middle two quarters, getting outplayed by the Wildcats, and hurting themselves with turnovers and other mistakes. Northwestern looked like a team that had two weeks to prepare for this important matchup, while the Buckeyes were struggling to find a rhythm on offense, and a clue about how to stop the Wildcats passing attack.


Dan Wismar



 - Saturday, October 5, 2013

- Ryan Field; Evanston, IL

- Ohio State at Northwestern

- 8:00 p.m. ET

- TV: ABC -


OSU NW1The 4th-ranked Buckeyes will play in primetime for a national TV audience for the second straight week as they head to Chicago for a date with No.16 Northwestern Saturday night. Ohio State (5-0) will be trying to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games, while the unbeaten Wildcats (4-0) have a seven-game streak of their own to protect.

Any road game against a ranked opponent qualifies a big game for Ohio State, especially considering their national title aspirations. But for Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats, this is something altogether different. More than just their Big Ten opener, it’s a major statement game for their program. From their perspective, it’s the most important Northwestern game in living memory, as Fitzgerald seeks to complete the evolution of the Wildcat program from conference doormat to Big Ten title contender.




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