No. 3/4 Ohio State Back in Action Saturday vs. Iowa

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#3/4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 B1G) vs. Iowa (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Bob Wischusen and Rod Gilmore in the booth and Quint Kessenich on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard on Sirius 113 and XM 190.

Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games.
Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Iowa and 11 of the last 12 overall.
Saturday’s game will feature the Big Ten’s second and third ranked rushing defenses (OSU, 2nd, 86.2 ypg; Iowa, 3rd, 88.5 ypg).
Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 46.8 ppg.
Ohio State is outscoring teams 126-28 in the first quarter this season.
Ohio State is averaging 492.8 yards of total offense per game while giving up 326.8.
Ohio State’s defense ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (86.2 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
Urban Meyer’s teams are 34-2 overall with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.
Junior QB Braxton Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
Junior LB Ryan Shazier is second in the B1G with 8.0 TFL.
Saturday is Homecoming for Ohio State. #HomecomingOSU

The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 B1G Legends) are also coming off one of their bye weekends after a 26-14 loss at home to Michigan State Oct. 5. Iowa opened the season with a 30-27 loss to now nationally-ranked Northern Illinois Aug. 31, but rebounded to win their next four vs. Missouri State (28-14), at Iowa State (27-21), Western Michigan (59-3) and at Minnesota (23-7).

Iowa features one of the top defenses in the Big Ten, ranking third in total defense (290.0 ypg), fewest points allowed (16.8 ppg), rushing defense (88.5 ypg) and pass defense (201.5 ypg) while its nine interceptions on the year are tied for third. They lead the conference in red zone defense, allowing just one TD and five field goals in nine opportunities. And when forcing its opponents to punt, they make them pay with a Big Ten-best 21.8 yards per return (2 for TDs), good for third in the NCAA. Senior LB Anthony Hitchens leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with 59 tackles. Senior CB B.J. Lowery has three interceptions, two of which he has returned for TDs.

Junior RB Mark Weisman leads the team and is third in the Big Ten with 104.0 yards per game with three TDs. Sophomore Jake Rudock has completed 60.3 percent of his passes with eight TDs and six INTs. His favorite target is junior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley who has 26 catches for 225 yards and one TD.

Ohio Stadium will play host to the 92nd Homecoming game in school history this week with the Iowa Hawkeyes in town. Ohio State is officially 66-19-5 in Homecoming games.


Jody Victor