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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Iowa ties it up behind Vandy, McNutt

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For a while there, I thought Marvin McNutt had missed Iowa's team charter to Columbus.

But after a quiet first half, the Hawkeyes sophomore wide receiver showed up big time on Iowa's game-tying scoring drive. Redshirt freshman quarterback James Vandenberg continued his very impressive outing, finding McNutt on a 33-yard gain and once again for a 9-yard touchdown. Vandenberg's arm strength, which I can say is superior to Ricky Stanzi's, was obvious on the touchdown pass to McNutt.

Ohio State has been way too conservative on offense, trying not to lose rather than taking some calculated risks. Of the Buckeyes' last 17 plays before the Iowa score, 16 were runs. If the Buckeyes aren't careful, they'll lose this game and Vandenberg will be a hero in Iowa.