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Fans rush the Kinnick Stadium field after the Hawkeyes throttled Ohio State 55-24 on Saturday in Iowa City.

Five things to think about following Iowa's 55-24 rout of Ohio State on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium:

1. The good

Iowa has always had a running back - Akrum Wadley is progressing toward another 1,000-yard season - but Saturday for the first time in the Big Ten season the Hawkeyes truly had a rushing attack.

Improved consistency by the Hawkeyes' front five and cohesion throughout the offensive unit allowed Iowa to rush for a season-high 243 yards against an Ohio State defense which had been allowing Big Ten offenses to gain an average of 63.9 yards per game.

Think about that. Iowa averaged 6.4 yards per rush on 38 carries against a defense which had been allowing opponents to gain 2.9 yards per play on the ground.

And once Iowa started to run it never stopped, fully understanding the explosive nature of the Ohio State offense.

"We had to keep our foot on the gas and that's what we did,'' Wadley said.

2. The better than good

America, meet Josh Jackson.

The Hawkeyes' first-year starting cornerback, whose rise was chronicled here last week, demonstrated the best of his abilities against the Buckeyes.

From the reads he made to position himself to tie an Iowa school record with three interceptions to the athleticism it took to put the ball back in Hawkeye hands, Jackson continued his dominating ways on the biggest of Big Ten stages.

Following up on Amani Hooker's game-opening pick six, Jackson led an Iowa defense which held Ohio State to 371 total yards, 200 below its season average.

All three of his picks came after the Buckeyes had put 17 quick points on the board, putting the breaks on a potent offense and helping the Hawkeyes defense finish off Iowa's first win over an Ohio State team rated in the top 10 since a 20-14 victory in 1983.

3. The savor the moment

For all sorts of reasons, Saturday's win over Ohio State was one to savor, mostly because wins over the Buckeyes are never easy to come by.

As coach Kirk Ferentz suggested last Tuesday at his weekly news conference, Ohio State just doesn't have bad football teams. He suggested the Buckeyes' last struggle-filled season "was like in 1899.''

The win was Iowa's first over OSU since 2004 and just the Hawkeyes' fourth in the last 30 years. With the Big Ten going to divisions and a rotating schedule now, those chances won't come around that often anymore.

Savor the moment.

4. The nothing to say

Ohio State left Kinnick Stadium with more questions than answers, something that was illustrated in the brevity of coach Urban Meyer's postgame news conference.

It lasted just 3 minutes, 30 seconds and most questions were met with a series of one-word responses, a few I don't knows and plenty of I'll have to check the tapes.

Asked if he was stunned after losing for just the second time in the 23 Big Ten road games he has coached at OSU, Meyer said, "Yeah. Game just ended."

Only two Ohio State players talked following the game, center Billy Price and defensive end Tyquan Lewis.

Price described the feeling as "terrible'' and Lewis labeled it "a punch to the gut'' after saying the Buckeyes "expect to come into every game and dominate.''

5. The moving on

Brian Ferentz and Iowa's staff put together a terrific offensive game plan for the Buckeyes.

The Hawkeyes played to their strengths, utilizing the skill of tight ends Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson and blending it with the abilities of Akrum Wadley and Nate Stanley working behind the play of an improving offensive line.

Moving on from the Minnesota mess - the halftime tirade followed by the midweek public apology - Ferentz called an aggressive, well-blended offensive game which positioned Iowa to compete and ultimately dominate Ohio State.

Iowa needed to take a few risks and not only did, but made the most of them. The Hawkeyes were the aggressor from the start, not just playing to hang around and hope for a fourth quarter chance but taking it to the Buckeyes.

The approach served Iowa well and led to a balanced attack that included 243 rushing yards and 244 through the air.

Ferentz and Hawkeye coaches deserve credit for laying the groundwork to make it happen and move beyond the distractions of the previous week.

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