Two words, exciting game:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The backup kicker Devin Barclay made a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 10 Ohio State a 27-24 victory over No. 15 Iowa and send the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 13 years.
Brandon Saine rushed for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns and Dan Herron added another score for the Buckeyes (9-2, 6-1), who assured themselves at least a share of their fifth consecutive Big Ten title and the conference’s automatic Bowl Championships Series bid.
Iowa (9-2, 5-2), which rallied from a 24-10 deficit in the final 11 minutes, lost its second in a row. The redshirt freshman quarterback James Vandenberg, filling in for the injured Ricky Stanzi in his first college start, threw three interceptions. The last one ended Iowa’s only possession in overtime.
Vandenberg completed 20 of 33 passes for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Iowa gained no traction in the extra period. Its first play was an incompletion. On second down, the freshman Adam Robinson was thrown for a 6-yard loss by Austin Spitler. On third down, Doug Worthington sacked Vandenberg for a 10-yard loss.
Out of field-goal range on fourth-and-26, Vandenberg then lofted a long pass into the end zone that was picked off by Anderson Russell.
The Buckeyes handled the ball with care. Three runs up the middle netted 2 yards, and on came Barclay, who took over after the starter Aaron Pettrey injured a knee three games ago.
Now, after a brief layover in Ann Arbor next week, it’s on to the Rose Bowl !