Iowa took advantage of some misdirection, some mismatches at tight end and balanced play calling to take a 17-10 lead over Ohio State at halftime at the Horseshoe in Columbus.
The Hawkeyes came out and scored on their opening two possessions behind seven straight completions from Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock.
The Hawkeyes went 80 yards on 12 plays after taking the opening kickoff. Rudock hit tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for 2 yards and the score. On the next possession, the Hawks followed with a 10-play drive that resulted in a 27-yard field goal from Mike Meyer.
Ohio State tied it at 10 when Iowa safety Tanner Miller was burned on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Corey Brown.
Iowa hasn’t won in Columbus since 1999.
Tied at 10, the Hawks put together another long drive of 15 plays and 68 yards. Rudock capped it off with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley to give Iowa a 17-10 lead. The Hawks converted 7 of 9 third downs in the half.
Ohio State’s first drive ended with a 27-yard field goal by Drew Basil.
The Hawks defense stiffened near the end of the half. The Buckeyes drove into scoring position but back-to-back sacks by James Morris and Carl Davis forced a turnover on downs.
Iowa dominated time of possession in the first half. The Hawks came into the game first in the Big 10 and eighth in the nation in the category.
Rudock’s first 10 completions of the game were to either tight ends or fullbacks.
Ohio State’s Bradley Roby was ejected from the game in the first quarter for targeting Fiedorowicz on a hit to the head.
Damon Bullock had 42 yards rushing in the half before leaving the game after a blow to the head. Mark Weisman and freshman LeShun Daniels ran well in relief, combining for 51 yards rushing
Rudock finished the half 14-for-22 for 121 yards.