Rob Report: Ohio State

HI Publisher Rob Howe was in Columbus to watch Iowa's heartbreaking, 27-24 overtime loss to Ohio State. He checks in with news and notes from the action, including an injury update and travel list.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Notes from the Iowa's x-x loss here against Ohio State on Saturday.

All-Dressed Up: Iowa players in uniform for the Ohio State game:

QB - Vandenberg, Wienke.

RB - O'Meara. Robinson, Wegher, Rogers, Morse, Leppert

WR - Sandeman, Davis, Johnson-Koulianos, McNutt, Stross, Nordmann, Kuchel, Stross..

TE - Herman, Reisner, Moeaki, Gimm,

OL - Bulaga, Gettis, Hagmanman, Zusevics, Reiff, Calloway, Vandervelde, Eubanks, Doering, Kuempel, Ferentz, Koeppel,

DL - Geary, Clayborn, Binns, Ballard, Daniels, Klug, Hundertmark, Meade, Daniel, Bigach.

LB - Davis, Peterson, Nielsen, Edds, Hunter, Angerer, Tarpinian, Johnson,

DB - Sash, Hyde, Spievey, Lowe, Conklin, Rowell, Greenwood, Prater, Castillo, Cato, Herbst, White, Nielsen, Swanson,

ST - Donahue, Murray, Mossbrucker, Schulze.

Injury Report: Rick Stanzi (ankle) and Dace Richardson (foot) missed the game and will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

After two weeks off, Greenwood returned to the starting lineup and Sandeman was back at pun returns. Both players had been out since Michigan State.

Wegher, who started the last two weeks, did not warm up as he spent the pregame jogging on the sideline in front of doctors and trainers. He did not play.

Ferentz was asked after the game if Wegher had a rib unjury, and he said, "Yeah, it was internal complications."

Hunter limped off the field in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He was replaced by Tarpinian and did not return. Ferentz said he felt like the Hunter injury was not serious.

Special Teams: Who played on which units against Ohio State:

Kick Return - Davis, Johnson-Koulianos, O'Meara, Cato, Tarpinian, Davis, Gimm, Leppert, Daniels, Daniel, T. Nielsen.

Kick Coverage - Murray, Swanson, O'Meara, Lowe, Cato, Johnson, Davis, Tarpinian, Rowell, Hyde, T. Nielsen.

Punt Return - Sandeman, Swanson, White, Tarpinian, T.Nielsen, Davis, Cato, Prater, Klug, Binns, Ballard.

Punt Coverage - Donahue, Tarpinian, Spievey, Lowe, Johnson, O'Meara, T. Nielsen, Edds, Sash, Morse, Greenwood.

Quick Notes:

-Johnson-Koulianos' 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the fourth longest in Iowa history and the first kick return for a score since C.J. Jones scored on the opening kickoff of the 2003 Orange Bowl.

-Greenwood missed a big tackle on Herron's fourth-quarter touchdown run off of a direct snap. The Iowa safety was in position but got beat to the outside and Herron cruised into the end zone.

-Sandeman performed very well on punt returns. Ohio State's tactic was to hit the ball high and try to rattle the return man. The Iowa junior fair caught x balls in plenty of traffic.

-Iowa's starting guards each were called for critical false start penalties on third and short. Vandervelde picked his up in the first half. Reiff was whistled for one midway through the third quarter on a third and one near midfield and the Hawkeyes trailing 10-3.

-Iowa ran 23 plays for 84 yards in the first half. The Hawkeyes ran the ball nine times for 22 yards.

-The Buckeye fans rained down boos on the Ohio State coaches at the end of the first half. After an interception, the Buckeyes ran out the last minute even though they had two timeouts.

-Clayborn was called for a horse collar penalty late in the second quarter around midfield. The replay showed that the defensive end grabbed the jersey, not the back of the shoulder pads. The Buckeyes ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive.

-Stross dropped two balls in the first half. One that would have been a TD and another that would have given the Hawkeyes a key first down midway through the second quarter. He dropped one at the OSU one on the first drive of the second half, but Iowa probably would have kicked the field goal. Murray ended missing from 22 yards anyway.

-Richardson and Stanzi both made the trip and both were on crutches.

-Stanzi was coaching on the sideline. He could be seen throughout the game talking with Vandenberg and having conversations with coordinator Ken O'Keefe.

-Johnson-Koulianos mixed it up verbally with Devon Torrence in the first quarter. Both are Ohio natives.

-Former Hawkeye receiver/return man Ramon Ochoa was seen outside of Ohio Stadium before the game.

-A crowd of 105, 455 watched the game. It was the eighth largest in OSU history.

-Stanzi served as one of the captains and walked out to midfield on crutches.


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