5 Reasons Why The Ohio State Buckeyes Beat The Iowa Hawkeyes
5 Factors That Led To Ohio State's Win Over Iowa
Taking a Big Ten game every week and pointing out the reasons why a team won or didn’t win is something that I have come to enjoy.
It allows me to dive into the details of the game and analyze the reasons why one team beat the other by pointing out their strengths and weaknesses. For the Ohio State Buckeyes, the reasons why they won a game usually have to do with quarterback Braxton Miller or running back Carlos Hyde, or both.
In this case, it is mostly about Ohio State’s strengths instead of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ weaknesses. Iowa lost the game in the second half because of how well Miller, Hyde and the rest of Ohio State’s offense played. Their normally good defense could not stop an even better Buckeye offense.
Iowa traveled to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon. The Hawkeyes have not had much success in their recent years, and they looked to change that by knocking off the No. 4 ranked team in the nation. They played well in the first half and looked like they could do just that. They drove down the field on the first possession of the game and scored a touchdown, and then went into halftime with a lead.
Then, the second half happened. Iowa’s defense gave up their first rushing touchdown of the season to Hyde, who ended up with two rushing touchdowns. Miller was on top of his game and was able to lead his team from behind to earn their seventh win of the season and stay undefeated.
The following are the five biggest reasons why Ohio State was able to come from behind and earn another win.
5. Ohio State's Second Half Heroics
The Buckeyes seem to be more of a second half team as of late. They had to come back in the second half of their game in Evanston against the Northwestern Wildcats in order to beat them. In both cases, the comebacks were largely because of the performances from Hyde. Hyde got most of his 149 rushing yards in the second half as he helped Miller lead the Buckeyes to a win over the Hawkeyes.
They need to be careful though. Falling too far behind in the first half against another good team could keep them from coming from behind in the second half and they could fall short.
4. Ohio State's Offensive Balance
Any team should hope for such balance. The Buckeyes passed for 222 yards and ran for 273 yards against the Hawkeyes. It helps to have a mobile quarterback like Miller, who is always a threat to run but has also developed into a good passer.
3. Effectiveness Of Ohio State's Running Game
There was cause for concern going into this game as to whether or not Ohio State’s running game would be able to run the ball successfully against a good Iowa rushing defense. Ohio State’s rushing offense was ranked No. 11 in the nation and Iowa’s rushing defense was ranked No. 8 in the nation going into this game. Iowa’s defense had not yet given up a rushing touchdown this season. Ohio State’s 273 rushing yards against Iowa help lead them to their victory and prove that they have one of the best rushing offenses in the nation.
2. Carlos Hyde
Hyde always seems to be a part of the conversation when it comes to the reasons why Ohio State won a game. He has been a huge part of the Ohio State offense lately. He ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the second half. Iowa’s defense gave up their first rushing touchdown of the season when Hyde ran it in from a yard out in the third quarter. This is not the last you will hear about Hyde this season.
1. Braxton Miller
Miller seemed to be a little off in the Northwestern game earlier this month, but he definitely made up for it with his performance against the Hawkeyes. He was 22-of-27, passing with 222 yards and two touchdowns. He did not stop there, as he ran for 102 yards as well. Miller was impressive and very quick on his feet as he eluded the Iowa defense many times to gain the yards he needed. When Miller is on his game, it is difficult to stop him.