Rob Report: Ohio State

In this week's edition of the Rob Report, Senior Writer Rob Howe talks about Drew Tate losing his cool, who made the trip to Columbus, outstanding special teams play by Zach Gabelmann, the injury report, and more in this full length note package.

COLUMBUS _ We probably all felt like spiking something during Saturday's Iowa-Ohio State game here. A couple of you likely tossed a remote or kicked the furniture.

But we're allowed to vent in that fashion. We're fans. Iowa quarterback Drew Tate lost his cool by drilling the ball into the ground after being sacked late in the third quarter of an embarrassing 31-6 loss.

Tate admitted to making a mistake and needing to "act like a Big Ten quarterback" and realize "things weren't always going to go his way" after initially barking at an Ohio State reporter who asked him about it. "You saw what happened," the junior snapped.

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said he knew why Tate lost his composure, but called it a stupid play.

Tate reverted back to his immature field presence of early last year throughout this game. He constantly barked at receivers and offensive linemen for what he perceived to be mistakes on their part. That may have been the case, but he also overthrew and under threw plenty of his intended targets.

TRAVEL SQUAD: This is for Digger – 1. Yanda, 2. Gates, 3. Ferentz, 4. Elgin, 5. Mike Jones, 6. Tate, 7. Solomon, 8. Chandler, 9. Hinkel, 10. Majerus, 11. Young, 12. Busch, 13. Calvin Davis, 14. Grigsby, 15. Schnoor, 16. Simmons, 17. Greene, 18. Melloy, 19. Iwebema, 20. Willcox, 21. Kroul, 22. Mattison, 23. Follett, 24. Sims, 25. Jovon 26. Johnson, 27. Allen, 28. Olsen, 29. Greenway, 30. Hodge, 31. Schlicher, 32. Fenstermaker, 33. Gallery, 34. Miles, 35. Godfrey, 36. Merrick, 37. Paschal, 38. Sherlock, 39. Huntrods, 40. McCollom, 41. Walker, 42. Moeaki, 43. Kanellis, 44. Bain, 45. Bergan, 46. Cronin, 47. Bruggeman, 48. Myers, 49. McGrath, 50. Fletcher, 51. Dawkins, 52. Kuehl, 53. Shada, 54. Olszta, 55. Brownlee, 56. Humpal, 57. Richardson, 58. Manson, 59. Becker, 60. Klinkenborg, 61. Barkema, 62. Narinskiy, 63. Bentler, 64. Gabelmann, 65. Moylan, 66. Brodell, 67. Champ Davis, 68. Christian, 69. Wilson, 70. King.

LINING UP: Iowa started the same offensive line as it had the previous game for the first time this season. Ben Gates started at left tackle with Marshall Yanda, Brian Ferentz, Mike Elgin and Mike Jones lining up along side him.

On the defensive front, Mitch King earned his first start, replacing Alex Willcox in the lineup. Brian Mattison, Matt Kroul and Kenny Iwebema each opened their fourth consecutive contests.

CAPTAIN LOSES COOL: Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz went crazy after an incomplete pass from Iowa QB Drew Tate to tight end Scott Chandler. He was seeking a pass interference call that didn't materialize.

Ferentz was screaming at the sideline official for several minutes as the play took place in front of the Iowa bench. And yes, the coach did record on the note card he keeps in his back pocket.

MOVING UP: After a short time at CB, sophomore Damian Sims moved back to running back. Things must be going well for him there, as he was the first reserve runner used Saturday. He didn't carry.

SAFTETY DANCE: Charles Godfrey replaced Miguel Merrick in the starting lineup at strong safety. Merrick started the first three games of the season and performed on special teams Saturday.

THE HITMAN: Zach Gabelmann doesn't get on the field a lot, but he made the most of his opportunities on Saturday. Gabelmann launched himself into the air and into Santonio Holmes on a third quarter kickoff following a Kyle Schlicher 52-yard field goal.

After Schlicher's three-pointer early in the fourth quarter, Gabelmann leveled Holmes after the Ohio State speedster elected to bring the ball out of the end zone for a return.

INJURIES: King was carried off of the field in the second half and didn't return. Ferentz said that it was cramping and the team came out of the gave well in terms of health. David Walker (leg) and Matt Melloy (leg) made the trip, but didn't play.


-OSU DE Marcus Green on frustrating Tate – "The coaches did a great job with the different blitzes and stunts we ran at them. We plugged the middle and let the ends get after it. You could tell the quarterback was getting frustrated. We just really wanted to erase the bitter taste in our mouths from last year."

-Iowa LB Chad Greenway – "We didn't see much else than what we were prepared for, but we didn't execute the game plan."

EXTRA POINTS: Normally sure-handed Hawkeye receiver Ed Hinkel dropped two passes. One came on the bubble screen during Iowa's first drive and probably would have gone for a first down with a chance at creating some momentum…During a first-quarter run, Antonio Pittman collided with Godfrey, sending the Iowa safety's mouthpiece about 10 yards in the air. The Hawkeye sophomore also got plowed over by Ted Ginn on a Troy Smith TD run…Iowa players seemed to have difficulty with their football all day, slipping on a field that soaked up quite a bit of rain earlier in the day…Adam Shada came on a corner blitz that would have been successful had the sophomore worked the right angle. Smith scooted away for a 20-plus yard run…Up 24-6, Ohio State fans were booing their teams conservative play calling in the fourth quarter…Schlicher booted a personal-best 52-yard field goal in the third quarter after Tate was flagged for a delay of game penalty on his spiking of the ball…Andy Fenstermaker handled all of Iowa's punting duties on Saturday. The junior averaged 43.4 yards on seven kicks with a long of 48. OSU returned just two of those punts without gaining a yard. John Gallery made the trip but did not kick…The Buckeyes converted 9 of 10 third down chances in the first half and 13 of 18 for the game, while Iowa was 1 for 12…Iowa rushed 18 times for a net of (-9) yards, while the Buckeyes rolled up 314 on 60 tries. Last year, Ohio State ran 29 times for 27 yards.

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