IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Buckeyes came within a foot of upsetting the heavily favored Hawkeyes on their home turf. But Iowa’s Jeff Skillett booted a 40-yard field goal with 16 seconds left and Ohio State flew back to Columbus with its first Big Ten tie in 15 years.

Skillett, who missed three earlier field goal attempts, split the uprights on his final try, spoiling a comeback bid by the Buckeyes, who rallied from 14-0 and 21-7 deficits to take a 24-21 lead with 8:21 to play on Pat O’Morrow’s 39-yard field goal.

The OSU defense held the explosive Hawkeye offense in check after the first quarter. Twins John and Mike Sullivan were the catalysts for the Buckeyes, John pressuring Iowa quarterback Chuck Hartlieb into a hurried throw that Mike intercepted and ran back 12 yards for Ohio State’s first score. It was Sullivan’s first touchdown ever.

After the two teams traded touchdowns, Ohio State tied the score at 21-21 on Scotty Graham’s nine-yard run. The 78-yard drive featured a 27-yard run by Carlos Snow. Ohio State took its first lead of the day with 8:21 to play when O’Morrow converted from 39 yards out.

But after the Buckeyes came up inches short on a third-down try, Iowa salvaged its third tie of the season on Skillett’s kick.


Date League Season Attendance
November 12, 1988 Ohio State 1988 67,700


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