Rob Report: Ohio State

In this week's RR, get an injury update on Marques Simmons, Coach Ferentz's reasoning on why he allowed Simmons to play Saturday, a list of the true freshmen that suited up on Saturday, word on two special visitors to Iowa's postgame locker room celebration, statistical achievements and more.

INJURY REPORT

MARQUES SIMMONS: Left the game with an ankle sprain in the second quarter. Returned to the sidelines in the second half in street clothes. Coach Kirk Ferentz said after the game that the sprain was significant and listed Marques as somewhere between doubtful and questionable for next week's game at Penn State.

SEAN CONSIDINE: Missed his second game with a foot injury. Wore sweats on the sideline but was out of cast he was placed in after sustaining the injury at Michigan.

CALVIN DAVIS: Also spent the day in active wear after hurting his leg in practice last week.

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TRUE FRESHMEN DRESSED: Anton Narinskiy, Grant McCracken, Ted Bentler, Matt Kroul, Bradley Fletcher, Mitch King, Nyere Aumaitre, Seth Olsen, Adam Shada, Charles Godfrey, Damien Sims, Michael Sabers, Andy Brodell, Rashad Dunn, Brandon Myers, Harold Dalton

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NEWS AND NOTES

UNSUNG HERO: Iowa C Mike Elgin threw a block that just got enough of OSU DE Simon Fraser to allow Drew Tate to complete a first quarter touchdown pass to Clinton Solomon.

SHORT WAIT: Those Iowa fans that wondered if Iowa RB Marques Simmons would be punished for his moped mishap on Thursday received a quick answer. He was inserted on the second play of the game. Iowa's first formation placed FB Aaron Mickens in a single-back set.

Coach Ferentz said after the game that he didn't deem Simmons' actions to be punishable by suspension. He did say that the RB would face discipline but did not elaborate on what that might be.

RETURN ENGAGEMENT: After being sidelined with a leg injury two weeks ago against Michigan State, George Lewis returned to his starting spot at OLB.

OFFICIALLY UNHAPPY: Ferentz found himself disagreeing with the game officials a number of times on Saturday.

The Iowa coach pleaded for a review of a fumble call against Ed Hinkel in the first quarter. Replay showed that the ball appeared to come out simultaneous to the WR's knee hitting the ground. The Hawkeyes called a timeout during which Ferentz and three officials discussed the situation.

Later in the half, Ferentz was yelling for a flag against the OSU O-line.

WELCOME: True FR RB Damien Sims saw his first action of the season for Iowa with about 2 minutes to play in the third quarter. The Florida native ripped off a nice 21-yard run late in the game.

MISSING: Former Iowa verbal commitment Marcel Frost, a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes, did not make the trip to Iowa City.

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: After a fourth quarter sack by Iowa DE Matt Roth, the senior performed a strange celebration routine with classmate Derreck Robinson. The faced each other just short of a three-point stance and exchanged low fives.

WELCOMED VISITORS: Former Hawkeye Dallas Clark and fellow Iowan Chad Henning, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, spent time in the Iowa locker room after the game.

Dallas smiled from ear to ear in the glow of the Hawkeyee victory. Chances are probably good that his teammate in Indy, former OSU safety Mike Doss, might have lost a bet on Saturday's game.

REASON TO SMILE: When asked to review the play of Hawkeye QB Drew Tate in his post game press conference, Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel was smiling as he said, "The kid is a fighter."

That's right, after losing 33-7, Tressel smiled while thinking about Tate. That said a lot.

ELITE COMPANY: Tate became just the third Iowa QB to pass for at least 300 yards in consecutive games joining Matt Sherman (Penn State and Ohio State, 1995) and Chuck Hartlieb (Northwestern and Ohio State, '87).

TWO-MINUTE DRILL:

Iowa's 16-game home winning streak currently ranks fourth in the nation.

The 26-point win represents the Hawkeyes' most lopsided victory against OSU.

Iowa improved to 33-4 when leading at the half and 35-2 when ahead after three quarters under Coach Ferentz.

Iowa recorded a season-high eight tackles for loss.

Matt Roth sacked the QB twice Saturday pushing his career total to 26, which ranks second in Hawkeye history to Jared DeVries (42) and Mike Wells (33).

Iowa sold out it's ninth consecutive home game, which is a record in Kinnick's current capacity.


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