Jody Victor: Led by senior quarterback Troy Smith's career-high four touchdown passes and a spirited defense that came up with four takeaways, No. 1 ranked Ohio State downed No. 13 Iowa, 38-17, Saturday in Iowa City, knocking the Hawkeyes from the unbeaten ranks in front of a highly-partisan Kinnick Stadium crowd of 70,585.
With the win, OSU improved to 5-0 on the year and 2-0 in Big Ten play. It was the Buckeyes third win of the year over a Top 25 team (No. 2 Texas and No. 24 Penn State were the other two) and their second win under the lights on the road and on national TV.
Top-ranked Ohio State closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule Saturday by hosting Mid-America Conference foe Bowling Green. Bowling Green is 3-2 on the year after a 21-9 win at Ohio on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. EDT in Ohio Stadium where a capacity crowd of more than 105,000 will be on hand for just the fourth meeting ever between the teams. The game will be televised in the Big Ten area on ESPN Plus.