On the next snap after a targeting call on Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa negated a third-and-eight incompletion and moved the ball to the Iowa 25-yard line, Hawkeye quarterback Nate Stanley connected with Noah Fant for a 25-yard touchdown pass. The score with 3 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the second quarter moved Iowa ahead to stay at 24-17.
The Hawkeye defense did something four times that opponents had managed just once this season while working against Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett — they intercepted the Buckeyes’ senior. From Amani Hooker’s pick-six on the first play of the game to a school record-tying three interceptions by Josh Jackson, turning four turnovers into 17 points — two touchdowns and a field goal — made a deciding difference.
"You keep working and working every week in practice, waiting for it to carry over to a game. It was time. Today was the day, and being from Ohio, it was the best time for it to all come together for us. I looked at the scoreboard and all I could do was smile." — Iowa senior offensive guard Sean Welsh
Who: Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0)
When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
TV: ABC or ESPN
FYI: The Badgers, the Big Ten’s last remaining unbeaten team, are off to the program’s best start since opening 9-0 in 2004 following a 45-17 win Saturday at Indiana. Wisconsin is built around power, riding the strength of its line play on both sides of the ball. Freshman Jonathan Taylor leads the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 148.1 yards per game and 7.4 yards per carry as part of an offense which leads the conference with an average of 245.8 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook averages 196.3 passing yards per game. Quintez Cephus has been his top target, averaging 59.6 receiving yards per game. Defensively, Wisconsin allows a Big Ten-low 12.9 points per game. The Badgers’ Garret Dooley leads the Big Ten with 6.5 sacks and Alec James is tied for seventh in the league with four sacks. D’Cota Dixon leads Wisconsin in tackles, averaging 6.1 per game, and defensive back Nick Nelson is second to Iowa’s Josh Jackson in the Big Ten with 14 passes broken up.
SEPT. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3
SEPT. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)
SEPT. 16;Iowa 31, North Texas 14
SEPT. 23;Penn State 21, Iowa 19
SEPT. 30;Michigan State 17, Iowa 10
OCT. 7;Iowa 45, Illinois 16
OCT. 21;Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 (OT)
OCT. 28;Iowa 17, Minnesota 10
NOV. 4;Iowa 55, Ohio State 24
NOV. 11;at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m.
NOV. 18;Purdue, TBA
NOV. 24;at Nebraska, 3 p.m.