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NO. 10 OHIO STATE 27, NO. 15 IOWA 24 (OT) : Buckeyes Rose Bowl-bound

November 15, 2009|Associated Press

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The oldest of the Buckeyes sent Ohio State back to the Granddaddy of all bowls.

Devin Barclay, a 26-year-old former pro soccer player, kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 10 Ohio State a 27-24 victory Saturday over No. 15 Iowa and send the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 13 years.

"None of our kids have gone to the Rose Bowl. I haven't been there in 25 years [since] I was an assistant coach in the 1985 Rose Bowl," Coach Jim Tressel said. "There's nothing like it. It's a great feeling."

The Buckeyes (9-2, 6-1) clinched at least a share of their fifth consecutive Big Ten title and the conference's automatic BCS bid.

"It means everything to us," linebacker Austin Spitler said. "Senior day, we're going to remember this for the rest of our lives. This is a special moment."

Iowa (9-2, 5-2), which overcame a 24-10 deficit with just over 11 minutes left, lost its second in a row. Redshirt freshman quarterback James Vandenberg was solid for the Hawkeyes in his first start. But filling in for the injured Ricky Stanzi -- who hurt his ankle in last week's upset loss to Northwestern -- Vandenberg was intercepted three times, the final time to end Iowa's only possession in overtime.

Iowa started overtime with an incompletion. Then freshman Adam Robinson was thrown for a six-yard loss by Spitler, and Doug Worthington sacked Vandenberg for a 10-yard loss. Out of field-goal range on fourth and 26, Vandenberg then lofted a long pass into the end zone that was picked off by Anderson Russell.

The Buckeyes handled the ball with extra care -- just the way Tressel wanted. Three runs up the middle netted two yards and on came Barclay.

"It's unbelievable. I'm speechless," said Barclay, a former Major League Soccer player who walked on for the Buckeyes. "The fourth quarter definitely made it interesting. I'm just glad we came out on top -- and now we're going to the Rose Bowl."

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