Is this for real?
Please someone tell me! What happened?
I have witnessed some devastating losses at the hands of my beloved Buckeyes ….
– Any loss to TTUN is a heartbreaker.
– The back-to-back losses in the BCS 2006 – Urban’s Florida winning 41- 14 & then in 2007 LSU whipping up on the Buckeyes 38-24.
– And who can forget the pounding in the CFP Semifinal last year at the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson, 31-0.
This one ranks right up there – and it does!
On the opening play of the game JT tossed a 30-yard pick-six to Armani Hooker. Regardless of the back and forth of each team scoring until after the 10:22 mark in the 2nd, the Buckeyes simply did not have a handle on this game at all.
The Hawkeyes have essentially crushed the Buckeyes national championship hopes with a stunning 55-24 victory in Iowa City this afternoon.
Odds makers had the Buckeyes winning this baby with at least a 17-point advantage. But, seemingly no one mentioned this to the Hawkeyes.
Iowa put Ohio State in a 31-17 hole in the first half, capitalizing on numerous mistakes by the Buckeyes. Rather than overcome the horror-show they were enmeshed in come the 2nd half, as they so often do, the Buckeyes slid further and further into the dreary landscape they had embedded themselves within.
Both Iowa and Ohio State moved the ball well in the first half, but the Hawkeyes scored two touchdowns off J.T. Barrett interceptions. This motivational reality, I feel, set the pace for the rest of the game.
Ohio State was also hurt by a targeting penalty on Nick Bosa that saw him ejected from the game and turned a failed third-down conversion into a first down for the Hawkeyes midway through the second quarter.
The host Iowa Hawkeyes also exploited the moment on the next play as Nate Stanley hooked up with Noah Fant for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
This brought a gasp among the Scarlet and Gray faithful, as Iowa went up 24-17. They would never look back from there out.
On the ensuing Ohio State possession, Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson stepped in front of Ohio State’s Marcus Baugh for an interception, returning it to the Buckeye’s 22.
Iowa was in motion again – three plays later when Stanley nailed Fant again for a TD, this one from 3-yards out.
I find myself returning to the Buckeye’s opening play – JT’s 30-yard pick-six to Armani Hooker. It was clearly Iowa’s day.
Ohio State’s struggling defense forced two Iowa punts to start the third quarter, but the Buckeye could not gain any traction at all.
Iowa put together an exhausting 78-yard touchdown drive which included a successful fake punt and a key pass interference penalty. COME AGAIN!
Stanley capped it with a 2-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Hockenson.
It was academic from there, but the Hawkeyes kept piling on anyway.
Stanley found Drake Kulick for another 2-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Miguel Recenos added a 30-yard field goal with 13:16 left.
JT Barrett ended the game with 208 yards in the air, 18 of 34. He did have three TD’s, but the key for the Iowa Hawkeyes was the four interceptions he tossed.
Prior to this game JT had a 176.2 QB rating with 25 TD’s and only 1 interception. Nate Stanley of Iowa was listed at a 141.3 QB rating, 17 TD’s and 4 interceptions. Stanley’s 226 yards in the air, 20 of 31, with five TD’s and ZERO interceptions speaks for itself.
Buckeye Nation got a marvelous thrill last weekend with their tremendous victory over the 2nd ranked Nittany Lions …. But life has a curious way of setting priorities right. What was a moment where we all saw our Scarlet and Gray in the CFP’s for a third time in four years, has now diminished at the hands of an unranked Iowa Hawkeyes….
By no means am I attempting to better this horror-show by downplaying the Hawkeyes. It does not matter if the Buckeyes were still floating from the Penn State victory, or if they were looking ahead against *ichigan State – they blinked and got their ass beat. And Iowa today is the better team and has every right to talk some smack.