Things weren’t much better for Ohio State on its next possession. In fact, they were much worse as Joe Evans looped around from his defensive end spot and rocked Stroud, who fumbled. Evans scooped up the pigskin and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown to put Iowa on top 7-3.
The Buckeyes answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive punctuated with a 2-yard touchdown run by Miyan Williams, who cut off a block by fullback Mitch Rossi and eluded an Iowa linebacker to find the end zone.
That set off a field goal fest as Ruggles connected from 35, 49 and 26 yards to push Ohio State’s lead to 19-10.
Iowa also had a 3-pointer in the run, which ended when Ohio State linebacker Tommy Eichenberg returned a Petras interception 15 yards for a touchdown to extend Ohio State’s lead to 26-10 with under four minutes left in the second quarter.
Ohio State pulled away in the third quarter with a pair of Stroud touchdown passes. He overcame an interception on the first play of the second half to come back and hit Marvin Harrison Jr. for a 6-yard touchdown and then found Emeka Egbuka from 13 yards out.
In the fourth quarter, he hit Julian Fleming for a 79-yard touchdown to really put the game out of reach.
Stroud finished his day with a 3-yard bootleg pass to Rossi for another touchdown.
That left the sophomore signal-caller with 286 yards on 20-for-30 passing with an interception.
Stroud entered the day seventh in career passing yards at Ohio State but passed Terrelle Pryor (6,177), Greg Frey (6,316) and Joe Germaine (6,370) to move into fourth place.
Stroud finished the day with 6,458. Next up is St. Henry grad Bobby Hoying, who threw for 7,232 yards from 1992-95.
Fleming led Ohio State with 105 yards on two catches while Egbuka caught six passes for 80 yards and Harrison had seven catches for 67 yards.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who set Ohio State’s single-season and single-game receiving records last year, returned after a three-game absence but exited after catching one pass for seven yards.
Lathan Ransom had eight tackles to lead an Ohio State defense that forced six turnovers.
Next up, Ohio State goes on the road to face Penn State in another noon contest next Saturday.
Ohio State at Penn State, Noon, Fox, 1410