Iowa's defense impressing in tough road matchup vs. Ohio State
The Iowa offense decided to stay in Iowa City once again. The defense managed to travel with the team to Columbus, however.
Iowa forced Ohio State into settling for 4 field goals on drives that all started in Iowa territory. The defense also forced C.J. Stroud into fumbling the ball which resulted in a defensive touchdown.
Fans began harping on how having Spencer Petras in the game wasn’t fair to the defense since they were playing so well. Petras had 2 interceptions and 1 fumble in the first half. One of those interceptions by Petras was a pick-6 for Ohio State.
Iowa fans can only imagine how much closer the game would be had Petras not made those early mistakes. Iowa went into halftime down 26-10. The noise is going to get even louder from the anti-Petras crowd after this performance.
Here’s how the fans reacted to the defense’s play:
C.J. Stroud playing pretty tight right now. Fading in the pocket vs. pressure. He knew he pushed that ball to Harrison the second it left his hand. Iowa’s defense is a nice test for him. Might need a few deep breaths here at the break.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 22, 2022
I know it weird to say in a half Iowa has given up the most points they have all year but this is the best defensive half of the season. Against a normal defense Ohio St would have 40 pts by now.
— David Frost (@dcfrosty) October 22, 2022
Iowa defense is elite
— Mike Kremer (@ImBiggerMike) October 22, 2022
Honestly I just feel bad for the Iowa defense. Just getting hung out to dry week after week.
— Championship Serena 🏈🏆 (@sgeorgetter) October 22, 2022
You just feel bad for the Iowa defense at this point.
— Matt Gothard (@Matty_Geeeeee) October 22, 2022
Iowa might literally have the best defense in the country, but they’re a 30 point underdog in a conference game because their quarterback throws the dumbest interceptions I have ever seen
— Patzkea (@PatzkeA) October 22, 2022
— Josh Gerdes (@joshgerdes) October 22, 2022
Iowa’s offense is just flat out bad. The defense deserves better.
— Bryan Meyer (@bmeyer91) October 22, 2022