Sunday, October 22, 2000

Ohio State 38, Iowa 10

Bellisari throws for 315 yards, 3 TDs

The Associated Press

        IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ohio State gave Iowa a different look Saturday, but the result was the same.

        Steve Bellisari threw for a career-high 315 yards and three touchdowns to lead the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to a 38-10 victory over Iowa, the Hawkeyes' 16th loss in 17 games.

        It was Ohio State's seventh straight win in the series and extended its overall record to 41-13-3 against the Hawkeyes, who last beat the Buckeyes in Kinnick Stadium in 1983.

        “We did a lot of different things today,” said Bellisari, whose previous best was 240 yards against Arizona earlier this season. “We went to three wide receiver sets. We ran the ball out of it. We threw the ball out of it, and that's something we haven't done all year. It's a new look for us.”

        Ohio State (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) capitalized on early turnovers by Iowa (1-7, 1-3) and scored on its first four possessions to take charge by halftime — vastly different than OSU's 29-17 loss last week to Minnesota in which the Buckeyes trailed 17-3 after the first quarter.

        “I think we came out and played well early,” OSU coach John Cooper said.

        Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said sloppy play, especially the Hawkeyes' first two possessions, hurt his team.

        “There were several things that we could have done better,” he said. “Our secondary had a rough game.

        “The two early turnovers in the first quarter really put us in a hole. You can't expect to win a football game when you make mistakes like that.”

        All was not perfect, however, for the Buckeyes. They ran for only 108 yards, 71 yards below their average, and committed 11 penalties for 104 yards.

        Bellisari, who played only three quarters before the reserves took over, completed 17 of 29 passes and threw scoring passes to Ken-Yon Rambo, Reggie Germany and Chad Cacchio.

        Rambo and Germany were the Buckeyes' top two receivers although neither had a touchdown pass coming into the game.

        That changed with 1:13 left in the first quarter when Rambo, who had 28 catches for 377 yards coming into the game, snared an 8-yard TD toss from Bellisari that gave OSU a 17-3 lead after the first 15 minutes.

        Germany, who had 10 receptions for 171 yards in the first six games, caught a 37-yard TD pass early in the second quarter to punctuate a six-play, 68-yard drive that came after the Hawkeyes had failed on a fourth-and-inches from the OSU 32.

        The scoring toss marked Bellisari's ninth straight completion after missing his first throw on the Buckeyes' opening series and extended Ohio State's lead to 24-3 at the 12:13 mark of the second quarter.

        The Hawkeyes were without quarterback Jon Beutjer in the second half. He suffered an ankle injury 2:15 before halftime and left after completing 13 of 21 passes for 142 yards.

        Ohio State ....... 17 14 7 0—38

        Iowa ....... 3 7 0 0—10

        First Quarter

        OS—Combs 14 run (Stultz kick), 12:36.

        OS—FG 37 Stultz, 10:15.

        IA—FG 22 Kaeding, 3:25.

        OS—Rambo 8 pass from Bellisari (Stultz kick), 1:13.

        Second Quarter

        OS—Germany 37 pass from Bellisari (Stultz kick), 12:13.

        IA—Jensen 27 pass from Beutjer (Kaeding kick), 9:32.

        OS—Cacchio 32 pass from Bellisari (Stultz kick), 1:09.

        Third Quarter

        OS—Westbrooks 1 run (Stultz kick), 8:04.



        RUSHING—Ohio State, Combs 7-26, Westbrooks 7-22, Wells 6-17, Groom 1-14, Bellisari 5-10, McMullen 1-8, Maldonado 4-6, Krenzel 1-(minus 6), team 1-11. Iowa, Betts 21-72, Massaquoi 3-6, Babineaux 1-4, McCann 9-(minus 30), Beutjer 5-(minus 39).

        PASSING—Ohio State, Bellisari 17-29-0-315, McMullen 2-6-0-9, Krenzel 1-1-0-14. Iowa, Beutjer 13-21-1-142, McCann 9-20-0-91, team 0-1-0 0.

        RECEIVING—Ohio State, Rambo 8-130, Germany 6-123, Provitt 2-28, Cacchio 1-32, Sanders 1-14, Carter 1-14, Locke 1-(minus 3). Iowa, Kasper 11-123, Barton 5-50, Jensen 2-37, Hill 1-9, Trippeer 1-6, Massaquoi 1-4, Babineaux 1-4.


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