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Top-ranked Ohio State travels to Iowa City this week to take on the unbeaten Iowa Hawkeyes in a prime time showdown in Kinnick Stadium. A capacity crowd of 70,585 is expected to be on hand for the sixty-first meeting between the two Big Ten rivals. Saturday's kickoff is scheduled for shortly after 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.
Both teams are 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes opened conference action this past weekend with a hard-fought 28-6 win over visiting Penn State. The Hawkeyes, who are ranked 13th in both major polls, are coming off a 24-7 victory at Illinois.
This will be the second road game and the second prime time exposure of the year for Jim Tressel's Buckeyes, who earlier this season defeated then-second ranked Texas at night in Austin. It also will mark the third time this year that OSU has played a ranked team. Penn State entered last week's game ranked at No. 24 in the Associated Press voting. The win over the Nittany Lions extends Ohio State's current winning streak to 11 games, the second longest streak in college football. The Buckeyes have won four consecutive road games, including three Big Ten tilts.
Iowa is 2-0 at home this year with wins over Montana and Iowa State. The Hawkeyes have a three-game winning streak intact in Kinnick Stadium.
WBNS Radio, the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network will begin its network programming 30 minutes before kickoff with the Jim Tressel pregame show.
OHIO STATE TRAVEL PLANS
The Buckeyes will fly via charter to Cedar Rapids on Friday afternoon and have scheduled an 8 p.m. ET walk-through in Kinnick Stadium. The team will stay at the Clarion Cedar Rapids and will return to Columbus (Rickenbacker International) following the game.
BUCKEYES STILL CONSENSUS NO. 1
For the fifth consecutive week, Ohio State continues to hold down the No. 1 spot in both polls. The Buckeyes received 59 of 63 first-place votes in this week's coaches' poll and 59 of a possible 65 in the voting by the Associated Press writers. Ohio State also is No. 1 in the first weekly Harris Interactive poll released Sunday. The Buckeyes garnered 107 of a possible 113 first-place votes. The Buckeyes have been in the weekly polls for 18 consecutive weeks, have held down a top 10 spot in six straight polls and have been No. 1 in the past five polls, beginning with the preseason voting.
OHIO STATE IN BIG TEN PLAY
Over the years, Ohio State has either won outright or shared 30 Big Ten titles. Last year's co-championship was OSU's second under Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes also shared the title in 2002, notching a perfect 8-0 record. Heading into this week's game at Iowa, Ohio State's all-time Big Ten record stands at 428-187-28 in 94 seasons of league competition.
|Ohio State vs. ||W ||L ||T|
|Chicago ||10 ||2 ||2|
|Illinois ||59 ||29 ||4|
|Indiana ||64 ||12 ||5|
|Iowa ||43 ||14 ||3|
|Michigan ||39 ||57 ||6|
|Michigan St. ||24 ||12 ||0|
|Minnesota ||38 ||7 ||0|
|Northwestern ||56 ||14 ||1|
|Penn State ||11 ||11 ||0|
|Purdue ||35 ||12 ||2|
|Wisconsin ||50 ||17 ||5|
|TOTAL ||428 ||187 ||28|
This will be the 61st meeting between Iowa and Ohio State in a series that began in 1922. The Buckeyes have a 43-14-3 lead thus far and have won 16 of the 24 games played in Iowa City (there have been two ties). Ohio State has won nine of the last 10 games dating back to 1992. Iowa's 33-7 win in 2004 in Iowa City, snapped an eight-game OSU winning streak. The Buckeyes won last year's game, 31-6, in Columbus.
Iowa posted a 3-0-1 record in the first four games of the series and recorded three shutouts in that span. Ohio State won 19 of 20 games between 1963 and 1980.
RECAPPING LAST YEAR
Troy Smith threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Josh Huston hit a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give the Buckeyes a 17-0 lead at the half. Smith hit Anthony Gonzalez from 8 yards out with 7:43 to go in the first quarter and then scored from 16 yards out with 14:30 to play in the second quarter. Smith's 4-yard run in the third quarter made it 24-0 and after Kyle Schlicher hit a pair of field goals for Iowa, Smith and Gonzalez hooked up again, this time from 29 yards out, to complete the scoring.
Gonzalez totaled a then-career high six catches for 90 yards. Santonio Holmes had five receptions for 95 yards and tailback Antonio Pittman carried the ball 25 times for 171 yards. Smith finished the day with 191 yards passing and another 127 on the ground as the Buckeyes rolled up 530 yards in total offense.
The Ohio State defense, led by All-America linebacker A. J. Hawk with 11 tackles, recorded four sacks and an interception and limited the Hawkeyes to 137 yards, including a minus 9 yards rushing.
COACH Jim Tressel
Jim Tressel is in his sixth season as head coach at Ohio State. His record with the Buckeyes is 54-13, including a 31-10 slate in the Big Ten, and his career ledger now stands at 189-70-2 (.728) in his twenty-first season as a head coach.
Tressel took over the Buckeyes in 2001, directing them to a 7-5 record that year. In 2002, he led Ohio State to a 14-0 record and the school's first consensus national championship since 1968 and was nearly everyone's choice as National Coach of the Year following the season. In 2003, the Buckeyes won their first five games to extend their winning streak to 19 and finished with an 11-2 record. The 2004 squad, which had to replace 14 NFL drafted players, won five of its last six games en route to an 8-4 finish.
A season ago, Tressel guided the Buckeyes to a 10-2 overall record with seven-consecutive victories down the stretch, which included a 34-20 victory over Notre Dame in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in January. The current 11-game win streak is second only to the 19-consecutive wins under Tressel in 2002 (14-0) and 2003 (5-0 to start season).
Tressel's teams have appeared in five bowl games and are 4-1 in those contests, including three BCS wins in the Fiesta Bowl over the last four seasons. They also are 4-1 against Michigan in one of the most intense and storied rivalries in all of sports.
Eleven of Tressel's players have won first-team All-America honors and four have won major awards, including linebacker A.J. Hawk, the recipient of the 2005 Lombardi Award.
Tressel is a master in close games. Since coming to Ohio State, he is 17-9 in games decided by a touchdown or less and 4-1 in overtime games.
He is at his best against the best with a 23-7 record against teams ranked in the Top 25 and a 7-2 mark against teams ranked in the Top 10.
The 53-year-old Tressel is a 1975 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College.
BUCKEYES TAME LIONS
Ohio State opened its Big Ten season Saturday with a 28-6 win over visiting Penn State. In winning their third straight conference home opener, the Buckeyes needed a pair of fourth-quarter interception returns for touchdowns to salt the game away.
Holding on to a less-than-comfortable 14-6 lead, the Buckeyes got a lift from cornerback Malcolm Jenkins whose 61-yard return gave them a 21-6 lead with 2:31 to play. Moments later cornerback Antonio Smith picked off his first career interception and returned it 55 yards to the north end zone and the game was officially over.
The Buckeyes also had an interception earlier in the game by linebacker James Laurinaitis, giving them eight on the year, three more than all of last year. The OSU defense limited Penn State to 248 yards and allowed the Nittany Lions to convert just three of 14 third-down opportunities.
Ohio State's other two touchdowns came on a 12-yard run by Antonio Pittman, who finished the game with 110 yards, and a 37-yard pass from Troy Smith to Brian Robiskie. The former gave the Buckeyes their first lead at 7-3 after the Nittany Lions had taken a 3-0 lead into the locker room at intermission. On the latter, Smith rolled to his right, reversed his field and somehow threw a perfect strike to Robiskie, giving the Buckeyes a 14-3 lead.
The two teams combined for just 501 yards in total offense on a rainy, windy afternoon in Ohio Stadium.
TRESSEL ON THE WIN OVER PENN STATE
"We knew that things would intensify once the Big Ten started. Penn State is one of the two teams that we play every year and we know each other pretty well. They had a great game plan. Fortunately we were able to make a few more plays."
Tressel is now 4-2 against Penn State.
TRESSEL ON PLAYING IOWA
"The Big Ten is a long, hard struggle. Iowa is a good football team with a veteran quarterback. We know it will take a great effort on our part this week."
OHIO STATE AWARDS CANDIDATES
Several Ohio State players are listed on the various postseason awards watch lists. Senior Troy Smith and junior Ted Ginn Jr. both are preseason Heisman Trophy candidates. The pair also is listed on the 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list. Additionally, senior center Doug Datish (Rimington, Lombardi), Ginn Jr. (Biletnikoff), Smith (Manning), sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis (Bednarik), junior offensive tackle Kirk Barton and senior defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock (Lombardi), and junior running back Antonio Pittman (Doak Walker) have been listed on various watch lists as major awards candidates.
SMITH, GINN MOVE UP OSU CAREER CHARTS
Quarterback Troy Smith is the all-time completion percentage leader in Ohio State history. He has connected on 61.7 percent of his passes (285-462) to date. He also is ninth all-time at Ohio State in career passing yardage with 4,061 yards entering the game this week against Iowa (Craig Krenzel with 4,493 career yards from 2000-03 is eighth). Smith's also ranks tenth in career total offense with career 5,030 yards. Smith has thrown for 200 or more yards in nine of his last 11 games.
Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is in 14th place on the all-time OSU receiving list with 92 receptions. He is also 14th in career receiving yardage with a total of 1,430, an average of 15.5 yards per reception.
The speedy Ginn has caught at least one pass in 23-consecutive games (beginning with Iowa in 2004) and has multiple catches in 21-consecutive games.
Ginn, who led the nation in punt returns as a freshman and kick returns last year, has returned six kicks for touchdowns - five punts and one kickoff. He needs three more scores on punt returns to break the NCAA record in that category.
DON'T TRED ON ME
Through the first four games of the 2006 campaign, the young, and ever-improving, Ohio State defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown. On the season, the Buckeyes have given up just 32 points (three passing touchdowns and four field goals) and lead the Big Ten in scoring defense, at 8.0 points a game. The Buckeyes enter the Iowa game with a string of seven consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown. They have held their last three opponents to 7 points or less.
OSU PLAYERS OF THE GAME
The Ohio State coaching staff has selected Brian Robiskie as this week's offensive player of the week, Antonio Smith as the defensive player of the week, Alex Boone as the offensive lineman of the week and Anderson Russell as the special teams player of the week. Defensive end Vernon Gholston was the attack force player of the week.
Scout team recognition went to Albert Dukes on offense, Juan Garnier on defense and Brandon Underwood with the special teams.
BUCKEYES OFFENSE CLICKING
Ohio State is averaging 31 points and 383 yards in its first four games. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 124 to 32 and have scored eight touchdowns passing and six via the rush. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents in every quarter and have a commanding 52-9 edge in the fourth quarter. Ohio State has scored 24 or more points in each of the past 11 games.
SMITH JUST FINDS A WAY
Bottled up most of the afternoon by a stout-hearted Penn State defense, OSU senior quarterback Troy Smith once again pulled a rabbit out of his hat Saturday, connecting with Brian Robiskie on a 37-yard touchdown strike early in the fourth quarter to give the Buckeyes a 14-3 lead and some much-needed breathing room.
Asked what he thought as he watched Smith roll to the right and then reverse his field before hitting Robiskie in the end zone, offensive tackle Kirk Barton replied, "I was thinking that would probably be the film clip they show of him at the Heisman dinner this December in New York."
The 6-1, 215-pound Smith, who made his first collegiate start against Indiana in 2004, is now 17-2 starter.
SMITH BIG TEN LEADER
Buckeye quarterback Troy Smith is completing 66.0 percent of his passes (68 of 103) and has thrown for 884 yards and eight touchdowns with just two interceptions. Both of the latter came last week against Penn State, but it was Smith's 37-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass that kept the Buckeyes unbeaten. The TD toss to Brian Robiskie was Smith's 32nd career scoring strike, tying him with Mike Tomczak (1981-84) for seventh place on the all-time OSU list in that category. Smith leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a mark of 159.9 for all games.
OSU "FUN BUNCH" CUTTING UP
The Buckeye "Fun Bunch" of quarterback Troy Smith, wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez and tailback Antonio Pittman is off to a rollicking start. Smith has completed 66 percent of his passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-1 senior has thrown for 200 or more yards in nine of his last 11 starts, including the first three games this year. Ginn has a team-high five touchdown grabs on 16 receptions and is averaging 16.8 yards per catch, while Gonzalez leads the team in receptions with 19 and is averaging 15.6 yards per catch. Pittman is the Buckeyes' leading ground gainer with 450 yards on 71 carries and has four touchdowns to his credit. The hard-running junior has three 100-yard games this year and is averaging 112.5 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry. A fifth member of the group, split end Roy Hall, missed the first two games of the season with a gimpy ankle, but returned to action against Cincinnati and hauled in his first reception of the year.
GONZO MOVES THE CHAINS
Junior split end Anthony Gonzalez has 15 receptions in his last three games and leads the Buckeyes with 19 catches. Seventeen of those receptions have resulted in first downs by the sure-handed speedster. With 19 receptions, 296 yards and a pair of touchdown catches, Gonzalez seems assured of surpassing last year's totals of 28 receptions, 373 yards and three scores.
PITCOCK, PATTERSON PRAISED
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel likes what he has seen from defensive tackles Quinn Pitcock and David Patterson, the Buckeyes' lone two returning starters from last year's 10-2 team.
"As far as I am concerned they are the best two defensive tackles in the country," noted Tressel prior to the Penn State game. "And in addition to being terrific players, they are both excellent leaders. Our front four is the strength of our defense and Quinn and David set the tone."
Pitcock is having a monster year with 5.5 tackles for loss and four sacks through the first four games of the year. He has 14 tackles on the season. Patterson was credited with a career-high seven tackles against Penn State. He has 13 stops on the year, including two tackles-for-loss.
PITTMAN PACES GROUND GAME
Junior tailback Antonio Pittman leads Ohio State in rushing with 450 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries, an average of 6.3 yards per attempt and 112.5 yards per game. Pittman has topped the 100-yard mark in three of the Buckeyes' first four games this year, giving him 11 games over the century mark as a Buckeye. In Saturday's win over Penn State, Pittman ran for 110 yards on 20 carries and scored OSU's go-ahead touchdown on a 12-yard burst up the middle.
Pittman has four touchdowns for the Buckeyes so far this year. He rushed for seven scores last year, but his first touchdown did not come until Minnesota in the eighth week of the season.
OSU DEFENSE GETS THE JOB DONE
Through the first four games of the 2006 season, the Ohio State defense, which has nine new starters from a year ago, has surrendered just 32 points, is allowing a very respectable 282.2 yards per game, has recorded 38 tackles-for-loss and 16 sacks and has nine takeaways to its credit. In its last three games, the OSU defense has not allowed a touchdown in the second half. Additionally, it has not allowed a touchdown in the last seven quarters. The Buckeyes already have more interceptions this year (8) than they had all of last year (6) and their nine takeaways is three shy of last year's total. Ohio State's nine takeaways have resulted in 38 points for the OSU offense. OSU's four opponents have four takeaways, but no points to show for the miscues.
LAURINAITIS OSU TACKLE LEADER
Sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis leads the team in tackles with 36, including 10 this past week against Penn State. Laurinaitis, recently named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, also leads the Big Ten in interceptions with three and forced fumbles with two. He snagged his third pick in as many games Saturday against Penn State.
With three interceptions and two forced fumbles (one of which was recovered by the Buckeyes) the Hamel, Minnesota native has figured in four of the Buckeyes' nine takeaways this year. Following his performance at the Texas game, where he had a career-high 13 tackles to go along with his first college pick and forced two fumbles, he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as well as the Walter Camp, Sporting News and Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week.
OSU IMPROVES RECORD AS NO. 1
With the victory over Penn State, Ohio State is now 55-8-1 when ranked as the nation's No. 1 team. Overall, the Buckeyes are 287-68-9 when carrying a Top 10 ranking and 394-123-14 as a Top 25 team. Ohio State has opened the season No. 1 seven times, second only to Oklahoma (9). The Buckeyes own the record for most appearances (53) in the first 57 years of the Associated Press poll.
BUCKEYES STAY PERFECT IN NO. 1 VS. NO. 2 SHOWDOWNS
The Sept. 9 showdown in Austin between top-ranked Ohio State and second-ranked Texas was the earliest regular-season match-up in college football annals between a No. 1 and a No. 2 team. Ohio State has been involved in two such games previously, the first in the 1969 Rose Bowl and the second in the 2002 national championship game at the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. OSU won both, downing the University of Southern California, 27-16, in the former and Miami of Florida, 31-24 in two overtimes, in the latter. On both occasions, the Buckeyes were the No. 2 ranked team.
BUCKEYES RECORD IMPRESSIVE WINS
In their last six games, Jim Tressel's Buckeyes have recorded wins over four of college football's most successful programs - Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Penn State. Michigan tops the list with 853 wins (853-280-36), Notre Dame is second at 815-266-42 and Texas ranks third at 803-311-33. The Buckeyes are fifth all-time with 779 wins, followed by Alabama (777 wins) and No. 7 Penn State (771-341-42).
The Buckeyes are now 21-2 under Jim Tressel in the month of September, the only setbacks coming at UCLA (9/22/01) and to visiting Texas (9/10) last year.
BUCKEYES GET HIGH GRADES
A league-best 18 Ohio State football players were named to the Big Ten's All-Academic team last fall, marking the fourth year in a row the Buckeyes have led the conference in that area. Additionally, a record 46 Ohio State football players qualified for last spring's annual OSU Scholar-Athlete Dinner, which requires a grade-point average of 3.00 or better for the past academic year. As a team, the Buckeyes have an overall GPA of 2.83. A total of 52 football student-athletes earned a 3.00 or better during Ohio State's spring quarter and 46 had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 after spring grades were calculated.
Quarterback Troy Smith (communication), center Doug Datish (history), strong safety Brandon Mitchell (political science) and fullback Stan White Jr. (finance) all are working toward graduate degrees while playing football for the Buckeyes this season. Two most recent student-athletes to earn their degrees are All-America linebacker A.J. Hawk and Richard Schafrath, who lettered from 1956-58. Both were awarded degrees following the 2006 summer quarter. Other 2005-06 graduates include Bobby Carpenter, Angelo Chattams, R.J. Coleman, John Conroy, Ryan Hamby, Rob Harley, Mike Roberts, Anthony Schlegel, Brandon Schnittker, Rob Sims, Steve Winner and Ashton Youboty.
THE BUCKEYES ALL-TIME
Ohio State enters this week with an all-time record of 779-300-53 in 116 seasons of competition. That includes a Big Ten record of 426-162-24 since 1913, an Ohio Stadium slate of 369-104-20 since 1922 and a bowl mark of 18-19. The Buckeyes have winning records against 91 of the 105 opponents they have played.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Following last week's victory over visiting Penn State, Ohio State has an all-time mark of 369-104-20 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have won eight straight and 12 of their last 13 in the Horseshoe.
BUCKEYES PACK THEM IN
Ohio State has played to full houses in each of its first four games this season. Saturday's crowd of 105,266 was the fifth largest in Ohio Stadium history. In their first three home games of the year, the Buckeyes are averaging 104,733.
OSU COACHES IN THE PRESS BOX
Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels will be in the press box for the Buckeyes during the game as will cornerbacks coach Tim Beckman and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.
Brian Robiskie's touchdown reception against Penn State was his first as a Buckeye ... Linebacker James Laurinaitis has an interception in each of the Buckeyes last three games and OSU has at least one pick in all four games this year ... Cornerback Malcolm Jenkins has an interception in each of the last two games ... Antonio Smith's interception against Penn State was the first of his career ... Defensive end Vernon Gholston has a career-high seven tackles against Penn State and senior defensive tackle Joel Penton recorded his first career sack on Saturday.
BUCKEYES STEER BY TEXAS
Led by Troy Smith, Ted Ginn, Anthony Gonzalez and Antonio Pittman on offense and bolstered by a young but quickly coming-of-age defense, top-ranked Ohio State solidified its place in the polls with its 17-point victory over the defending national champion Longhorns.
Smith enhanced his early season Heisman Trophy status by completing 17 of 26 passes for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns against a veteran Texas defense, giving him five touchdown passes and 566 passing yards in his first two games. After two games, the 6-1, 215-pound quarterback has completed 68.4 percent of his passes and leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a 194.2 figure.
Ginn, the Buckeyes' other Heisman hopeful, was on the receiving end of five passes for 97 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown grab just before halftime that put Ohio State in front 14-7 going into the locker room. Ginn's grab capped off a business-like 5-play, 66-yard drive that began with 1:55 remaining in the second quarter. The speedy flanker set the tone early with a 46-yard catch-and-run on the Buckeyes' second play from scrimmage.
The Buckeyes also received a career-best performance from Gonzalez, who hauled in eight catches for 142 yards. The junior split end and honor student got Ohio State on the board with 1:04 to play in the first quarter by latching on to a 14-yard pass from Smith that put the icing on a 50-yard drive.
Pittman led the Buckeyes in rushing for the second consecutive week, finishing with 74 yards on 16 carries, an average of 4.6 yards per attempt. His 2-yard touchdown run with 6:31 to play capped off the scoring and put the game out of reach. The Buckeyes, who took over the ball at their own 28-yard line after a missed Texas field goal, marched 72 yards in 10 plays for the score.
The Buckeye defense limited the Texas offense to 326 total yards and just the one touchdown and set up two OSU scores with timely takeaways.
Sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis was involved in both turnovers. First, he forced a first-quarter fumble at the OSU 1-yard line that cornerback Donald Washington scooped up and returned 49 yards to set up the Smith-to-Ginn touchdown pass. Then, on the first play of the third quarter, he intercepted a Colt McCoy pass and ran it back 25 yards to the Texas 31-yard line. Kicker Aaron Pettrey gave the Buckeyes a 10-point cushion with a 31-yard field goal.
With the aggressive defensive front keeping the pressure on throughout the evening, Laurinaitis finished with a game-best and career-high 13 tackles to go along with two forced fumbles, his first career interception and a pass broken up. Safety Brandon Mitchell was credited with nine stops, while Washington, who was making his first start at corner, had five. Cover corner Malcolm Jenkins and nickel back Antonio Smith each had five stops as Ohio State kept Texas under 40 points for the first time in 13 games.
Sophomore punter A. J. Trapasso kept the Longhorns corralled in their own territory by averaging 50.8 yards per punt on six kicks - the third best single-game performance in Ohio State history. That average includes a 39-yard punt at the end of the game that rolled out-of-bounds on the Texas 6-yard line. The Longhorns' average field position after a Trapasso thumper was their own 21-yard line.
The victory squared the series at 1-1 and gave Ohio State an all-time record of 4-0 in the Lone Star state.
BUCKEYES DOWN BEARCATS
Ohio State ran its record to 3-0 with a 37-7 victory over visiting Cincinnati. The win was the Buckeyes' 10th in a row.
After falling behind 7-3 at the end of the first quarter (the first time all year that OSU has trailed), the Buckeyes scored 34 unanswered points en route to their seventh consecutive win in Ohio Stadium.
Quarterback Troy Smith again led the Buckeyes to victory, completing 21 of 30 passes for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns. OSU rolled up 444 yards in total offense and scoring drives of 85, 80 and 72 yards - their three longest drives of the year.
Smith connected with Ted Ginn Jr. on a pair of scoring strikes in the second and third quarters to give OSU a comfortable 20-7 lead. But it was Antonio Pittman who put the game out of reach with a 48-yard scoring jaunt with just over nine minutes to go in the fourth period. Pittman finished his afternoon with 155 yards on 16 carries, an impressive 9.7 yards per attempt. Backup tailback Maurice Wells scored the other OSU touchdown on a nine-yard run. Aaron Pettrey added field goals of 47 and 43 yards and Ryan Pretorius hit from 52-yards away to complete the scoring.
Gonzalez and Ginn each had five receptions to pace the receiving corps as four different quarterbacks hooked up with 11 different receivers.
The Ohio State defense limited the Bearcats to 212 yards of total offense, including a scant 64 in the second half. Senior tackle Quinn Pitcock had a career-high three sacks and narrowly missed two more. He finished the day with five tackles. With Pitcock leading the way, the Buckeyes recorded eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss and had three interceptions.
Sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis led the Buckeyes with nine tackles, including a sack, and picked off his second interception of the year.
PITCOCK HAS CAREER DAY
Defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock came within a shoestring of tying and perhaps setting the Ohio State single-game record for sacks this past Saturday against Cincinnati. The 6-3, 295-pound senior bull rushed his way through the Bearcats' offensive line en route to a career-high three sacks for a minus 24 yards. Pitcock narrowly missed two other sacks, UC quarterback Dustin Grutza somehow slipping out of his grasp. The OSU single-game sack record of four is shared by Bobby Carpenter (Michigan State, 2005) and Jason Simmons (Washington State, 1991). Pitcock had one sack all of last year.
Seniors Troy Smith, Doug Datish, Quinn Pitcock and David Patterson were voted by their teammates as captains of the 2006 Ohio State football team. Smith (QB) and Datish (C) will lead from the offensive side while Pitcock and Patterson represent the defense from the defensive tackle spot. The four entered the season with 128 games of combined experience as Buckeyes.
Shaun Gayle will be this week's honorary captain. Gayle was a four-year letterman and three year starter for the Buckeyes between 1980 and 1983.
ABOUT THE HAWKEYES
Iowa remained perfect this season after winning on the road at Illinois, 24-7, last week to open Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 overall, 1-0 in conference play and are ranked 13th in both polls. Iowa opened the season with a 41-7 victory over Montana, then needed overtime to win at Syracuse 20-13 before winning the in-state battle with Iowa State, 27-17.
The Hawkeyes are averaging 380.2 yards and 28 points per game. Each game, Iowa is averaging 229 yards through the air and 151.2 yards on the ground. Quarterback Drew Tate has completed 58 of 93 passes (62.4 percent) for 687 yards. He has thrown seven touchdowns with just two interceptions. His favorite targets include Albert Young, Scott Chandler and Dominique Douglas, each who have at least 14 receptions this year. Young leads the receivers with 18 catches, including one touchdown, while Chandler has caught 16 passes (one touchdown) and Douglas has caught 14 passes (one TD). Young is the leading ground gainer as well. He has 69 carries for 280 yards and three touchdowns and is averaging 70 yards per game.
Defensively, Iowa is limiting the opposition to 265.5 yards and 11.0 points per game. Iowa is allowing just 93 yards rushing and 172.5 yards passing each game. The defense has 12 sacks for 70 yards and five interceptions, including two from Adam Shada. Mike Klinkenborg leads Iowa with 41 tackles, while Mitch King has 6.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks for 27 yards. He has 22 tackles to rank third on the team, just behind Edmond Miles, who has 23.
IOWA'S LAST GAME
Iowa scored three touchdowns late in the first half on its way to a 24-7 victory at Illinois last Saturday. Quarterback Drew Tate completed 17 of 27 passes accounting for 190 of the Hawkeyes' 344 total yards. He was intercepted near the goal line early in the second quarter, but Iowa took control after that. Damian Sims scored on a 1-yard run with just under six minutes left in the half after a short punt gave Iowa possession at the Illinois 31. Albert Young added a 6-yard run three minutes later. Tate then connected with Tony Moeaki for a 35-yard TD with 1:47 left in the half to give the Hawkeyes a 21-0 lead at intermission.
HEAD COACH KIRK FERENTZ
Kirk Ferentz (Connecticut, 1978) is in his eighth season at Iowa and carries a 53-36 record with the Hawkeyes. Now in his 11th season as a collegiate head coach, Ferentz is 65-57. He is 33-24 in Big Ten games. Under his direction, Iowa has compiled a 38-12 over the last four seasons, which is the best four-year win total in school history. Ferentz has guided Iowa to Big Ten championships in 2002 and 2004, each year winning earning Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. The Hawkeyes were 11-2 in 2002, 10-3 in 2003, 10-2 in 2004 before going 7-5 a season ago. He is one of just seven Big Ten coaches ever to guide a team to 10 wins or more in three straight seasons. The Hawkeyes have appeared in four straight January bowl games. Ferentz joined the Iowa staff in 1999 after a six-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens/Cleveland Browns. He coached three seasons (1990-92) at Maine, where he was 12-21. He was an assistant under longtime Iowa coach Hayden Fry at Iowa from 1981-89.
Ohio State returns home to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule by hosting Bowling Green. Game time is set for 3:36 p.m. EDT in Ohio Stadium. The game is sold out.