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Oct. 19, 2013

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Iowa at Ohio State Postgame Notes

Oct. 19, 2013

The Iowa football team fell to Ohio State, 34-24, today inside Ohio Stadium.

The loss was Iowa's first against a top 5 team in its last four tries. The Hawkeyes had previously won its last three meetings against teams ranked in the top 5 (W, 24-23 vs. #3 Penn State in 2008; W, 21-10 at #4 Penn State in 2009; W, 37-6 vs. #5 Michigan State in 2010).

The Hawkeyes scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the first time this season. It was also the first time Ohio State allowed a touchdown on its opponent's opening drive.

· Iowa marched 80 yards on 12 plays in 5:37. QB Jake Rudock was 5-for-5 for 50 yards.

· All five Rudock passes were completed to tight ends, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to TE C.J. Fiedorowicz.

TE Jake Duzey had 24 receiving yards on Iowa's scoring drive, and finished the game with a career-high six catches for a career-best 138 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, the first touchdown reception of his career.

· Duzey matched his career high with three catches on Iowa's opening drive of the game.

· Duzey is Iowa's first 100-yard receiver since Kevonte Martin-Manley caught 5 pass for 101 yards against Northern Iowa on Sept. 15, 2012 (span of 16 games).

· His 138 receiving yards are the most by a Hawkeye since Marvin McNutt has 151 yards on nine catches vs. Purdue in 2011.

· Duzey entered the game with four catches for 31 yards this season.

QB Jake Rudock finished the game with a career-high three touchdown passes. Rudock was 19-34 for 245 yards and one interception.

· Rudock has 11 touchdown passes this season, including six for 20-plus yards.

· Rudock completed his first eight passes of the game, all to tight ends (Fiedorowicz 4, Duzey 3, Kittle 1).

· Rudock's 85-yard touchdown pass to TE Jake Duzey is the ninth longest touchdown pass in school history, and the second-longest touchdown reception by an Iowa tight end (Dallas Clark, 95 yards vs. Purdue in 2002).

CB Desmond King recorded a career-best 12 tackles. King entered the contest averaging 7.5 tackles per game in Big Ten games, more than any other Big Ten freshman. DE Mike Hardy (9) and DE Nate Meier (2) also recorded career bests in tackles. DT Carl Davis tied his career high with four stops.

Iowa outscored Ohio State 10-3 in the first quarter. It was the first time this season Ohio State has been outscored in the first quarter.

The Iowa defense allowed a 100-yard rusher for the first time this season. RB Carlos Hyde rushed for 149 yards on 24 carries. QB Braxton Miller rushed 18 times for 102 yards.

Ohio State scored three points in the first quarter, snapping Iowa's streak of five consecutive games holding its opponent without a first-quarter score. Ohio State's field goal on its opening possession marked the time an Iowa opponent scored on its opening possession.

Iowa's 15-play scoring drive in the second quarter tied for Iowa's longest touchdown drive of the season (Iowa State). The Hawkeyes went 69 yards in 6:31, scoring on a QB Jake Rudock touchdown pass to WR Kevonte Martin-Manley.

Iowa was 7-of-9 on third down in the first half. The Hawkeyes are the only team this season to convert seven or more third downs against Ohio State.

In Iowa's last two meetings vs. Ohio State, the Hawkeyes have held a halftime lead. Iowa led Ohio State 17-10 after the first half today, and led 7-3 at the half in 2010 (L, 20-17).

The Hawkeyes rushed for 101 yards in the first half. Ohio State entered the day allowing 86.2 rushing yards per game. Iowa finished the day with 130 yards rushing.

Iowa scored on its first three possessions today.

1) 1st quarter 9:23 Fiedorowicz 2-yard pass from Rudock

2) 1st quarter 0:07 Mike Meyer 28-yard field goal

3) 2nd quarter 7:21 Martin-Manley 6-yard pass from Rudock

RB Carlos Hyde's 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the first rushing touchdown allowed by Iowa this season. Iowa's opponents had carried the ball 215 times since the Hawkeyes last surrendered a rushing touchdown. Prior to Hyde's' touchdown, the last Hawkeye opponent to rush for a touchdown was Nebraska's Rex Burkhead.

Today's attendance was 105, 264, the 19th largest crowd for an Iowa football game.

K Mike Meyer kicked a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter, his 54th career field goal, tying Rob Houghtlin for second all-time. Meyer was successful on three PAT attempts, increasing his streak to 105 consecutive PATs, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation and fifth best all-time in the Big Ten.

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught four passes today to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 25. Fiedorowicz has 74 catches for 695 yards over the last 25 games, and has caught all seven career touchdowns during the streak.

LB James Morris recorded 12 tackles against Ohio State to raise his career total to 348, tying Bob Sanders for ninth on the school's all-time tackles list. Morris now has 17 career games with double-digit tackles.

Iowa lost the turnover battle for the third time this season. The Hawkeyes are 0-3 in those games (Northern Illinois (Northern Illinois, -2; Michigan State, -1, at Ohio State, -1). Iowa is 4-0 when winning turnover margin.

The Hawkeyes have converted on 106 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 37 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the seventh-longest streak of any school in the nation.

Instant replay was used 1 time today.

1) Dontre Wilson 8-yard rush, spot was reviewed by officials. Further review indicated a gain of six, negated a first down.

Ohio State won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Iowa has started the game on offense in 147-of-181 games under Kirk Ferentz, including four times this season. The Hawkeyes started on offense against Northern Illinois (L, 30-27), at Minnesota (W, 23-7), against Michigan State (L, 26-14) and at Ohio State (L, 34-24).

Iowa returns home Saturday, Oct. 26 to host Northwester at 11 a.m. inside Kinnick Stadium.

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