Nobody saw it coming.
Iowa beat the everloving hell out of Ohio State in front of a delirious Kinnick Stadium crowd, 55-24, shocking the nation and setting off a party for the ages in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are now bowl eligible at 6-3 (3-3) and can now take square aim at Wisconsin at Camp Randall next week. A 31-0 spree from the middle of the second quarter to late in the fourth busted open a 17-17 tie game and provided more than enough scoring for the victory.
Amani Hooker set the tone for the game by intercepting the previously uninterceptable J.T. Barrett and housing it from 30 yards, giving Iowa a 7-0 lead and igniting the crowd into an inferno that roared for three hours straight. The Hawkeyes ended up intercepting Barrett four times on the game, with Josh Jackson recording a hat trick of increasingly difficult picks.
Nate Stanley played the game of his life, going 20-for-31 for 226 yards and five touchdowns and no picks. None of his passes even came close to being intercepted. His throws were lasers, and his receivers did their part with some great catches and approximately zero drops. Iowa did maximum damage with its tight ends, as Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson each had two touchdowns in the victory.
This wasn't the Iowa team we had seen all year. The offense had the gas pedal on the floor the whole way, heavily breaking its tendencies and keeping the voracious OSU defense on its heels. That requires some serious offensive creativity, and kudos are absolutely in order for Brian Ferentz. Iowa looked wholly unstoppable.
The call of Kirk Ferentz's life came in the third quarter, with Iowa protecting a 14-point lead and facing a fourth down in field goal territory. From field goal range, Iowa's linemen all ranged left with the long snapper alone in front of holder Colton Rastetter, and the receivers out to the right. The swinging gate formation left Kluver uncovered as the end — and thus the eligible receiver. Rastetter immediately lofted a pass to the long snapper, who was finally brought down at the 2-yard line. Stanley found Hockenson for a touchdown on the very next play, and the rout was officially on.
The disrespect from Iowa's sideline was so complete that on 4th and 9 on its own 15, with a 31-point lead, Kirk Ferentz called a fake punt for a scrambling Colton Rastetter. It didn't work, as you might imagine, and it led to OSU's last touchdown of the game. But tellingly, Ferentz wasn't even upset as Rastetter hit the sideline. He was there to prove a point — this was Iowa's turf, and nobody else's.
This is a game we'll remember forever. They hung 55 on No. 6 Ohio State. You know what time it is.