Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Carlos Hyde had two touchdowns and 149 rushed yards to neutralize Jake Rudock’s heroics and lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to a 34-24 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday at the Ohio Stadium.
The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2) dominated offensively in the first half and led 21-14 behind the strong play of quarterback Jake Rudock.
Rudock hit C.J. Fidorowicz for a touchdown followed by field goals from Mike Meyer to give the Hawkeyes a 10-3 lead in the first quarter.
Drew Basil’s touchdown pass to Philly Brown allowed the Buckeyes to tie early in the second.
Minutes later, Rudock was at it again, hitting Kevonte Martin-Manley this time for another TD.
But Hyde tied it with the first rushing TD followed by a Braxton Miller 14-yard TD pass to Devin Smith to give the Buckeyes a 24-17 lead in the third.
A third Rudock TD pass for 85 yards to Jake Duzey had the game tied going to the final quarter.
Hyde took a handoff from the Iowa 19 and bounced off right tackle. He rumbled to the 7-yard line, where he was knocked off balaance by free safety Tanner Miller. He retreated to 11 yards before regaining his bearings, ran to the 3, and vaulted inide the the corner post for a touchdown.
Drew Basil’s field goals gave the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) the 34-24 margin.
Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, a first-team All-American a year ago, was ejected in the first quarter for launching himself and making contact with the head of Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorwicz, just before the latter scored a TD.