Ohio State's defense leads the Buckeyes to victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes
Ohio State gets it done in Columbus with a 54-10 win over the Hawkeyes of Iowa. The defense played a huge part in today's victory for the Bucks as they tallied 4 turnovers that consisted of a fumble and 3 interceptions, one of those interceptions got ran back for a pick-6 by Tommy Eichenberg himself. Zach Harrison had himself a day as well, might be the best game he's had as a buckeye, he racked up 2 solo tackles including a sack and deflected the pass that gave Eichenberg the pick-6 opportunity. Tanner McCalister had a game as well, he corralled the other 2 interceptions that set the OSU offense up very well. The defense as a whole was lights out, giving up 0 touchdowns and just one feild goal. Switching to special teams, Ruggles stayed automatic as always. Noah Ruggles went a perfect 4/4 on FGs, with a long of 46, and a perfect 6/6 on XPs. As for the punter, Jesse Mirco, he was solid as he's been all year, pinning the Iowa offense against their own goal line nearly every time he got the chance (2/3 punts landed within the 20). Switching to the offensive side of the ball, Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, and Julian Fleming all caught a touchdown pass from CJ Stroud today. Fleming ranked first in receiving yards for the buckeyes, but only had two receptions. CJ Stroud took a little bit to get going but once he did he played very well, throwing for 286 yards and 4 touchdowns. Stroud did have a couple miscues as he had the one interception and the one fumble loss, that gave Iowa their lone touchdown of the day, but other than that looked very solid. Stroud did an outstanding job in the pocket, avoiding the pressure and always finding an open receiver whenever he needed to. The run game was good, definitely not as good as we've seen in past games but that was as expected, seeing as we faced off against the best defense we've seen all year (#7 in the country). Having Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson back is a relief for sure even though they only combined for 57 yards and 1 TD. Overall I think CJ Stroud looked fine, it took a little bit to get going but once he did the offense was clicking just like the offense we all know and love. The Buckeyes now shift their focuses to the Penn State Nittany Lions, as they'll take them on in Happy Valley next Saturday, October the 29th at 12:00.