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Here is a sampling of some comments from Ohio writers on Ohio State’s 55-24 football loss at Iowa Saturday. I urge you to click on the links to see their work.
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer: A lot of people are going to call this a trap game. This game wasn’t lost on emotion, though. This was lost on game plan and execution. ...
The linebackers were smoked in coverage all day, just as in the Week 2 loss to Oklahoma. Iowa dialed up an ideal game plan to put tight ends and slot receivers in routes against the linebackers and safeties and they attacked them all day. …
It looked like the Iowa defense was very aware of how Ohio State’s pass game had succeeded in the middle of the field for the last month. It did a great job taking those routes away. Barrett has never thrown great deep balls this season, but he had immensely improved on intermediate throws. …
Bill Livingston, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Iowa exposed every weakness of the Buckeyes’ offense, defense, coaching and readiness.
This game left quarterback J.T. Barrett’s Heisman bandwagon broken and turned into a wrecked symbol of how fleeting glory can be. ...
Saturday, it would have been fourth-and-8 at Ohio State’s 40, with the score tied at 17. Instead, Iowa got a first down on a 15-yard penalty after Bosa launched himself headfirst, like a 270-pound missile, into quarterback Nate Stanley’s helmet.
Iowa scored on the next play.
“It was a big impact play,” Meyer said.
It was 38-7 after Bosa’s ejection. That’s not an impact. That’s an implosion.
Marcus Hartman, Dayton Daily News: Urban Meyer was shamed into trying to make the Buckeyes something they’re not, a sophisticated passing team, and let his running game rot on the vine.
Now the Buckeyes can’t rely on either one.
Ohio State manufactured a running game in the 2014 postseason because it didn’t have a true running quarterback. It was a beautiful thing. It made Ezekiel Elliott a star. Columns were written about how smart the coaching staff was to come up with this great attack. We’ve hardly ever seen it again, and the result is tougher execution for both the run and throw games.
Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Not even Penn State, with an offense as potent as anyone’s when things are clicking, could move the ball on Ohio State’s defense. It was the methodical, plodding Iowa offense that looked like The Greatest Show on Turf for 60 minutes. ...
Giving up 487 yards of total offense in today’s college football game may not seem like a lot. Giving up that much to Iowa is liking giving up 800 yards to Oklahoma. Iowa had been held under 300 yards three times this year — including once by Wyoming — and was averaging 345 yards per game coming in. Ohio State’s defense was porous, and apparently unprepared.
Rob Oller, Columbus Dispatch: This was men against boys. And Iowa had the chest hair.