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IOWA CITY, Iowa (Ticker) -- After a bitter loss last week, Ohio State took out its frustrations early and often on Iowa.
Steve Bellisari threw three first-half touchdown passes as 13th-ranked Ohio State bounced back from a loss to Minnesota and rolled to a 38-10 victory over the lowly Hawkeyes in a Big Ten conference matchup.
Bellisari completed 17-of-29 passes for a career-high 315 yards and Ken-Yon Rambo and Reggie Germany each caught their first touchdown pass of the season as Ohio State (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) stormed to a 31-10 lead at halftime en route to its seventh straight win over Iowa.
"It's great to get back in the victory column," said Ohio State coach John Cooper, whose team concludes a two-game conference road trip next week at No. 17 Purdue. "I think we came out and played well early."
The Buckeyes defense also had a big game, recording eight quarterback sacks and limited the Hawkeyes to 13 yards rushing and 246 yards overall. Ohio State continued its dominance in the all-time series by improving to 41-13-3 against Iowa.
Kevin Kasper, who entered the game fifth in the nation in catches per game, caught 11 passes for 123 yards for Iowa (1-7, 1-3), which matched its record after eight games last season.
Iowa's Jon Beutjer completed 13-of-21 for 142 yards before leaving in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle. Kyle McCann came in and was 9-of-20 for 91 yards.
Ohio State put the pressure on early, forcing turnovers on Iowa's first two possessions of the game. On the Hawkeyes' first drive, nose tackle Tim Anderson sacked Beutjer, forcing a fumble which linebacker Courtland Bullard recovered at the Iowa 31.
Three plays later, Derek Combs broke two tackles and ran in for a 14-yard touchdown.
Iowa got the ball back but on second down, Beutjer was intercepted by defensive back Donnie Nickey at the Iowa 26.
Ohio State capitalized on Iowa's second straight turnover as Dan Stultz kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 10:15 left in the first quarter.
"The two early turnovers in the first quarter really put us in a hole," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "You can't expect to win a football game when you make mistakes like that."
Nate Kaeding cut Ohio State's lead to seven on Iowa's next drive as he capped a 13-play, 61-yard drive with a 22-yard field goal.
The Buckeyes came right down the field as Bellisari utilized Rambo and Germany to engineer their second touchdown of the first quarter. Bellissari went 5-for-5 for 72 yards, including an eight-yard scoring pass to Rambo with 1:13 remaining to give Ohio State a 17-3 advantage.
Germany, who caught six passes for a career-high 123 yards, extended Ohio State's cushion to 24-3 early in the second quarter caught a pass up the middle for a 37-yard touchdown reception.
The Hawkeyes answered with a touchdown pass of their own less than three minutes later as Beutjer connected with freshman Erik Jensen on a 27-yard strike, Jensen's first catch of his career.
Stultz missed two field goal attempts in the second quarter, but the Buckeyes did not squander a third scoring opportunity late in the first half as Bellisari threw his career-high third touchdown pass of the game, a 32-yarder to Chad Cacchio with 1:09 left.
"That's the best game he's (Bellisari) had throwing the football, especially early," Cooper said. "We just jumped on them early."
Rambo added eight catches for 120 yards as the Buckeyes racked up 446 yards of total offense.