3:30 PM ET, October 16, 2004
Kinnick Stadium, IOWA CITY, IA
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Good thing Woody Hayes wasn't around to see this one. It just keeps getting worse for Ohio State's bumbling Buckeyes.
Ohio State (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 25 AP) continued its inept play on offense and got carved up on defense by Drew Tate, who passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Iowa handed the Buckeyes their third straight loss, 33-7 on Saturday.
"If don't know if they dominated, but they kicked our butts," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.
The numbers made a strong case for domination.
Ohio State ran 29 times for 27 net yards in falling to 0-3 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1988. The Buckeyes (3-3 overall) finished with 177 total yards, 73 coming on a late touchdown drive that prevented them from being shut out for the first time since 1993.
When Iowa defensive end Matt Roth looked at the scoreboard in the fourth quarter and saw 33-0, he shook his head in amazement.
"If you would have said that four or five weeks ago, I think I would have looked at you like you were crazy," Roth said. "I think we just got it clicking."
That went for the offense, too.
The Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-1) were down to their fifth- and sixth-string running backs but still punctured Ohio State's defense for 448 yards. Tate finished 26 of 39 for 331 yards and no interceptions, with touchdown passes of 11 and 36 yards to Clinton Solomon and 8 yards to Scott Chandler.
"I think maybe the secondary got confused on some of the routes we were doing," Tate said. "Probably because they weren't expecting us to do some of that stuff."
Tate became just the third Iowa quarterback to top 300 yards in consecutive games. He threw for 340 against Michigan State.
Ohio State, meanwhile, ran only six plays in Iowa territory in the first three quarters and one of those ended with an interception. The Buckeyes also lost two fumbles and the Hawkeyes scored after both in sending Ohio State to its worst loss since a 46-20 setback to Illinois in 1999.
"We just have not shown what we are capable of," OSU linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "We just aren't taking care of the little things, like making a tackle on third down. I don't think they wanted it more. It just seems like everyone is executing a little better than us."
It was only the fourth Iowa victory over Ohio State in 42 years and the widest margin of victory for the Hawkeyes, who have won 16 straight at home.
"When you don't run the football, it affects everything," Tressel said. "A good football team can usually hang in there if you can run the football and right now, we can't."
Justin Zwick again was ineffective at quarterback for Ohio State and fans who had been clamoring for Smith to get a chance finally got their wish.
Smith finished the game after Zwick fumbled on the second play of the second half, but did nothing to distinguish himself until throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Rory Nicol with 2:19 left. Tate, on the other hand, was sharp from the start.
With Ohio State's cornerbacks playing 8 to 10 yards off the receivers, Tate completed numerous passes on underneath routes and usually scrambled out of trouble when pressured. And he capitalized on the Buckeyes' numerous defensive mistakes.
Midway through the third quarter, Solomon ran uncovered into the secondary and Tate hit him with an easy pitch-and-catch touchdown pass of 36 yards to make it 24-0.
On Iowa's next possession, Ashton Youboty's missed tackle enabled Solomon to turn what would have been a short gain deep in his own territory into a 40-yard reception to the Buckeyes' 42. Iowa kept going after that and Tate finished the 83-yard drive with 1-yard TD run to make it 30-0.
Two defenders hit Tate short of the goal line, but he fought his way into the end zone.
"Drew Tate is a great quarterback and a great leader," said Solomon, who had seven catches for 131 yards. "He put the ball in places where we could take it and make plays."
Ohio State was outgained 151-13 in the first quarter and the Buckeyes managed only 23 yards and one first down in their first four possessions. By that time, Iowa was leading 10-0.
Ohio State's only good drive in the first half ended when Zwick threw into double coverage in the corner of the end zone and Iowa's Marcus Pascal picked it off.
Zwick finished 6-for-14 for 74 yards. Smith was 8-of-12 for 76 yards.
And so the decline continues for the Buckeyes. Only two years after going 14-0 and winning the national championship, they're now scrambling to find a way just to squeeze out one victory.
"There is not going to be any finger-pointing on this team, I'll promise you that," linebacker Anthony Schlegel said. "We just need to get better and that starts tomorrow."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||7-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-1|
|TD||3:14||CLINTON SOLOMON 11 YD PASS FROM DREW TATE (KYLE SCHLICHER KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yards.
|FG||12:50||KYLE SCHLICHER 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||12:25||SCOTT CHANDLER 8 YD PASS FROM DREW TATE (KYLE SCHLICHER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 30 yards.
|TD||8:28||CLINTON SOLOMON 36 YD PASS FROM DREW TATE (KYLE SCHLICHER KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||14:53||DREW TATE 1 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 83 yards.
|FG||9:28||KYLE SCHLICHER 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 12 yards.
|TD||2:19||RORY NICOL 23 YD PASS FROM TROY SMITH (MIKE NUGENT KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yards.