HI Publisher Rob Howe was in Columbus to watch Iowa's heartbreaking, 27-24 overtime loss to Ohio…
Iowa Plays Heart Out in Crushing Defeat
COLUMBUS, Ohio It hurt real bad. It will continue to hurt. It might never stop hurting. Iowa fell to Ohio State here in a heartbreaker as the teams battled for a berth in the Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes fell behind by 14 before two fourth-quarter touchdowns forced overtime. The visitors came up empty on their offensive possession while the Buckeyes used a 39-yard field goal from Devin Barkley for a 27-24 win. The Iowa players and even head coach Kirk Ferentz looked stunned after the game as they somberly answered questions. The Hawkeyes were given little chance by outsiders to win a contest in which they were 17-point underdogs. It was tough to tell whether they wanted to hold their heads up for the effort or low for the disappointment. Freshman Quarterback James Vandenberg was being thrown to the wolves, according to the critics, as he started his first college game in front of more than 100, 000 fans here at Ohio Stadium. The Keokuk, Iowa native responded with 233 yards and two...
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