Oct. 16, 2004
Today's victory extended Iowa's home winning streak to 16. The 16-game home winning streak, dating back to 2002, is a Kinnick Stadium record and is the fourth longest active streak in Division I-A. The win was also Iowa's 11th straight conference victory at home, which is a school and Kinnick Stadium record. The previous overall conference winning streak record was 10, set from Nov. 9, 1918 to Oct. 20, 1923. In addition, Iowa has won 23 of its last 25 games in Iowa City.
Today's win snapped an eight-game losing streak to Ohio State. The victory also halted a seven-game winless streak against the Buckeyes in Kinnick Stadium. Prior to today, the last time Iowa defeated Ohio State in Kinnick Stadium was Sept. 24, 1983 (20-14). Iowa's last overall win against Ohio State came on Nov. 2, 1991 (16-9). Today's victory also stopped a 12-game winless streak on Oct. 16.
The 26-point victory is Iowa's largest margin of victory over Ohio State. The previous high was 23 points on Nov. 12, 1960 (35-12). Additionally, the 26-point loss is the Buckeyes' worst loss since a 46-20 defeat to Illinois on Nov. 13, 1999. The last time Ohio State started the Big Ten season 0-3 was in 1988.
QB Drew Tate completed 26-39 passes for 331 yards and no interceptions. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. Tate completed touchdown passes of 11, 8 and 36 yards. His touchdown run was one yard. The 26 pass completions and 39 pass attempts are career highs. Today marked the first game this season Tate did not throw an interception. The sophomore completed passes to nine different receivers.
Tate became only the third Iowa QB to throw for over 300 yards in consecutive games. He became the first QB to accomplish the feat since Matt Sherman threw for 374 yards vs. Penn State (10/21/95) and 334 yards vs. Ohio State (10/28/95) - both Iowa losses. It has been accomplished only one other time, by Chuck Hartlieb in 1987 in consecutive games against Northwestern (11/7/87) and Ohio State (11/14/87) and Minnesota (11/21/87) - all three wins.
Iowa improves to 33-4 when leading at the half and 35-2 when leading after three quarters under Coach Ferentz.
Ohio State won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Hawkeyes have started on offense 59 of their last 61 games and 61-of-67 contests under Coach Ferentz.
Today's game was Kirk Ferentz's 100th career game as a collegiate head coach. Ferentz has now defeated every Big Ten team.
Iowa's offense crossed midfield on its first five possessions. The drives resulted in two punts, a fumble, an 11-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate to WR Clinton Solomon and a career-best 45-yard field goal by PK Kyle Schlicher. Ohio State was only able to cross midfield twice on 13 offensive possessions.
Iowa's average field position was its own 41-yard line, while Ohio State's average field position was its own 21-yard line.
Iowa's defense held Ohio State to only 13 total yards and one first down in the first quarter. The Buckeyes became Iowa's fourth opponent not to score any first quarter points (Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State).
Iowa failed to score on its first offensive possession. The Hawkeyes have scored points on their first drive in four of their first six games (Arizona State and Ohio State). The Hawkeyes have scored on the first possession of the second half four times. Iowa scored a touchdown following an Ohio State fumble on its first second half possession today. Iowa converted field goals vs. Iowa State and at Michigan and scored a touchdown vs. Michigan State.
Defensively, Iowa recorded a season-high eight tackles for loss.
LB Chad Greenway finished the game with seven tackles (4 solo). The seven tackles helped Greenway eclipse 200 career tackles. The junior has 204 career tackles, which ranks 50th all-time at Iowa.
LB Abdul Hodge collected a game-high 12 tackles (9 solo), including one for loss. The junior ranks 32nd in career tackles. He has posted double digit tackles 11 times during his career, including four this season.
DE Derreck Robinson had a career day, registering a career-high nine tackles (6 solo), including one for loss. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
DL Jonathan Babineaux collected six tackles (3 solo), including two for loss. The six tackles give him 100 career tackles. He increased his career TFL totals to 21.
WR Clinton Solomon posted career highs in receptions (7), receiving yardage (131) and touchdowns (2). Solomon caught touchdown passes of 11 and 36 yards, which are the second and third of his career and his first of the season.
True freshman Damian Sims played in his first collegiate game today. Sims carried the ball nine times for 31 yards. He is the third true freshman to play for Iowa this season (DB Adam Shada and DB Charles Godfrey).
Ohio State failed to score on its first offensive possession, becoming Iowa's fifth opponent not to score any points on its opening drive. Arizona State is the only opponent to score on its opening drive, as the Sun Devils posted a touchdown.
Today's game was a sellout (70,397). Iowa has sold out its last nine home games in Kinnick Stadium, which is a school record at the current capacity. In addition, every Hawkeye game this season has been sold out.
DB Marcus Paschal intercepted Ohio State QB Justin Zwick in the end zone in the second quarter, marking Iowa's first pick since the second quarter of the Arizona State game (9/18) - an interception drought of 11 quarters. Paschal's interception was the first of his career.
PK Kyle Schlicher scored nine points today. He converted 3-4 PATs and 2-2 field goals (45 and 41). The 45-yard boot is a career-best. His final extra point attempt was blocked. Schlicher has converted 6-8 field goals and 16-19 PATs this year.
Ohio State scored its first offensive touchdown against Iowa in the fourth quarter today. It marked the first time Ohio State scored an offensive touchdown against Iowa since the third quarter in a 38-10 win on Oct. 21, 2000. (Iowa did not play Ohio State in 2001 and 2002).