Iowa's game against Michigan State was a must win football game to save their season.
Today's game against Ohio State was just as important with regards to bowl and recruiting ramifications.
Like they did two weeks ago against the Spartans, the Hawkeyes totally dominated their opponent, as they dismantled the Buckeyes 33-7. Ohio State lost its third straight league game for the first time in 16 years, and Iowa extended its home winning streak to 16 games. Before the day began, they had the fourth-longest winning streak in the nation.
On this day, Iowa's passing game was once again front and center, and the heart of the Hawkeyes' offensive attack.
Drew Tate was 15 of 23 for nearly 160 yards and one touchdown pass in the first half. Unofficially, finished the day 26 of 39 for 332 yards and three touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Tate has thrown for more than 900 yards in his last three games and is completing nearly 70-percent of his passes during that stretch.
Clinton Solomon continues to emerge as one of the most dangerous Hawkeye receivers in recent memory, as he caught seven Tate passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
The only bad news on the day is that Marques Simmons sprained his ankle early in the game, after showing some promise. He had four carries for 23 yards before leaving the game.
Iowa's fifth string tailback to start the season, walk on Sam Brownlee, played better than anyone who is not from Emmetsburg expected him to play, carrying the ball 10 times for 34 yards. He picked up a crucial third and long conversion in the third quarter.
The Hawkeyes knocked Ohio State quarterback Justin Zwick out of the game in the third quarter. Iowa snuffed out Ohio State's only legitimate drive of the game when the starters were in the game when Marcus Paschal intercepted Zwick in the endzone in the second quarter.
Iowa's defense was just as impressive as their offensive counterparts, holding the Buckeyes to 171 unofficial yards, with 73 of those yards coming on Ohio State's last drive against Iowa reserves.
Iowa held Ohio State to under 30 rushing yards on the day.
Their effort was reminiscent of Iowa's defensive effort against Arizona Sate in their 2002, 21-2 win.
Nine of Ohio State's 11 possessions prior to their final possession ended with five or fewer plays being run by the Buckeyes, including seven of those possessions where Ohio State gained nary a first down.
This game was also taken in by several highly rated recruits, including Dan Doering, Dace Richardson and Anthony Moeaki of the Chicago area. Those players and some members of their families rode to the game together along with Iowa quarterback commit Jake Christensen.
In his 100th game as a collegiate head coach, Kirk Ferentz beat the only Big Ten team he had yet to defeat since being named Iowa's head coach in December of 1998.
Iowa improves to 4-2 on the year, 2-1 in the Big Ten. Ohio State falls to 3-3 overall, 0-3 in the Big Ten. Bowl representatives from the Capitol One and Outback were on hand today.
Tune in to 1040 WHO at 7pm after the game for 'Soundoff' with Jim Zabel and Jon Miller.