Buckeyes follow usual path to victory

November, 20, 2010
11/20/10
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College football is a game of patterns, or at least it is in the cases of No. 9 Ohio State and No. 20 Iowa. In this case, the teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Saturday marked the sixth time this season that the Buckeyes have started slow only to rally. On five of those occasions, including the 20-17 win against Iowa, they've done enough to get the win. This one was the 12th in the last 13 meetings against the Hawkeyes.

Ohio State was fortunate to emerge victorious. The Buckeyes entered leading FBS in turnover margin at +14, but were -2 on Saturday.

For the Hawkeyes, losses like this have become a bad habit. All four of Iowa's losses this season (to Arizona, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Ohio State) have come in games in which they allowed a game-winning touchdown with less than four minutes remaining. Iowa is now 1-7 against Ohio State under Kirk Ferentz, its worst record vs any Big 10 foe.

Elsewhere, the Buckeyes were joined on the comeback trail by No. 5 LSU, which beat Ole Miss, 43-36 on Stevan Ridley's touchdown with 44 seconds remaining. It's the sixth time that the Tigers have won a game this season by seven points or less, the most such wins in a single season in school history.

• It was a good day for quarterbacks on the run. Nevada's Colin Kaepernick rushed for one score, giving him 55, four shy of Eric Crouch's record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Navy's Ricky Dobbs moved into fifth place on that list with three rushing touchdowns Saturday. He now has 48 for his career.

• It was also a good day to be remembered as The Galloping Ghost. Red Grange found his way onto a couple of college football graphics Saturday. He's one of a rare group of players who have rushed for four touchdowns in a game against Michigan -- a group that now includes Wisconsin's Montee Ball.

Grange also makes the all-time Illini single-game rushing yards list. It's one that Mikel Leshoure now stands atop after he rushed for 330 yards at Wrigley Field against Northwestern. Grange, the original standard-bearer for that mark, now stands fourth for his 237-yard game at Penn in 1925.

• But the best day probably belonged to Harvard's Zar Zavala, who didn't even get to play in the Crimson's 28-21 win over Yale. But he did learn afterwards that he won a Rhodes Scholarship. He joins an elite list of scholar-athletes to earn that distinction.

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