QPR’s chances of beating the drop look bleaker than ever after defensive mistakes cost them dear in a 3-2 west London derby defeat at Fulham. The hosts started brightest and, after early warning shots from Riise and Damien Duff, Samba thought he had thwarted Berbatov with a decent tackle inside the box. However, the Rs defender had not accounted for Dejagah latching onto the loose ball and his late challenge on the winger saw referee Lee Probert point to the spot. Berbatov stepped up to take the resulting penalty and nonchalantly sent Julio Cesar the wrong way and – after 22 minutes – Samba was caught out by Damien Duff, whose hassling saw the ball end up at Berbatov’s feet, allowing him to burst into the box before finishing with aplomb. After Urby Emanuelson replaced the injured Dejagah, things got worse for QPR. Brede Hangeland directed a deft backheel into the path of Riise, whose driven cross was deflected home by Hill. However, QPR gave themselves a glimmer of hope late in the first half when Taarabt ran at the hosts’ backline before firing low past Mark Schwarzer. Remy saw a shot deflect just wide 10 seconds into the second half and had a chance from the penalty spot in the 49th minute. Probert pointed to the spot after Giorgos Karagounis was fooled by the quick feet of Taarabt, but Remy’s penalty was saved to his left by Schwarzer. The France international, though, soon made amends, losing marker Philippe Senderos and continuing forward before thrashing home off the underside of the bar. Fulham were on the ropes and their hopes of hanging on were made even tougher when Sidwell received a straight red card for bringing down Armand Traore. Press Association Last season QPR suffered an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Craven Cottage and it looked like there could be a similar scoreline after a dominant first-half display by the hosts. Christopher Samba gifted the Cottagers their first two goals, bringing down Ashkan Dejagah to allow Dimitar Berbatov to net an eighth-minute penalty before Berbatov added a second. Chants of “going down” echoed around Craven Cottage when Clint Hill put a John Arne Riise cross into his goal, but QPR rallied as Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy netted – moments after seeing a penalty saved – before the home side were reduced to 10 men following Steve Sidwell’s late sending off. But Fulham held on, condemning QPR to a potentially season-defining defeat.
Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Photos: Find your face (or your pup’s) amid fan cutouts at Dodger Stadium When the first pitch is thrown out on March 26, opening day at Dodger Stadium, David Price and Mookie Betts will only be two new additions at Dodger Stadium.If all goes according to plan, fans will also be treated to some long-awaited improvements to the stadium itself.PreviousDodgers Vice President Janet Marie Smith, right, shows off the $100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium to Mookie Betts and David Price. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)$100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium which will include five elevators and four escalators and should make it easier for fans to get to various locations at the stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCenterfield: New rendering of the Dodger Stadium improvements, as the club continues to enhance the fan experience at the Majors’ third-oldest ballpark with modern and fan-friendly amenities. (Courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers)$100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium which will include five elevators and four escalators and should make it easier for fans to get to various locations at the stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Centerfield Plaza: New rendering of the Dodger Stadium improvements, as the club continues to enhance the fan experience at the Majors’ third-oldest ballpark with modern and fan-friendly amenities. (Courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers)$100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium which will include five elevators and four escalators and should make it easier for fans to get to various locations at the stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Batters Eye: New rendering of the Dodger Stadium improvements, as the club continues to enhance the fan experience at the Majors’ third-oldest ballpark with modern and fan-friendly amenities. (Courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers)$100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium which will include five elevators and four escalators and should make it easier for fans to get to various locations at the stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)$100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium which will include five elevators and four escalators and should make it easier for fans to get to various locations at the stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)$100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium which will include five elevators and four escalators and should make it easier for fans to get to various locations at the stadium. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Home Run Seats: New rendering of the Dodger Stadium improvements, as the club continues to enhance the fan experience at the Majors’ third-oldest ballpark with modern and fan-friendly amenities. (Courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers)Sports Bar: New rendering of the Dodger Stadium improvements, as the club continues to enhance the fan experience at the Majors’ third-oldest ballpark with modern and fan-friendly amenities. (Courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers)Centerfield, Level 3 boardwalk: New rendering of the Dodger Stadium improvements, as the club continues to enhance the fan experience at the Majors’ third-oldest ballpark with modern and fan-friendly amenities. (Courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers)Dodgers Vice President Janet Marie Smith, left, shows off the $100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium to Mookie Betts and David Price. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers Vice President Janet Marie Smith, right, shows off the $100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium to Mookie Betts and David Price. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 15Dodgers Vice President Janet Marie Smith, right, shows off the $100-million dollar renovations are under way at Dodger stadium to Mookie Betts and David Price. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandThe $100-million renovations will include a new center-field plaza with upgrades to the outfield pavilions. That will include new food and beverage areas, along with a children’s play area and space for live entertainment. Access to the plaza will be through a new outfield entryway.Honoring the team’s history, a new Sandy Koufax statue will be unveiled. It’s the second statue at Dodger Stadium — Jackie Robinson’s was dedicated in 2017. Both will reside in the center-field plaza, which will also serve as a permanent home for the “Legends of Dodger Baseball” plaques. Also planned:Current center-field speakers will be replaced with a new sound system;Improved access to the stadium will include new elevators and escalators;Seating upgrades will feature better rfesoptions for fans with disabilities and new “home run seats,” in front of existing pavilion seating.Related Articles Morning Wrap: Angels avoid disaster, Dodgers win with the long ball and more … Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error GOING, GOING VIRAL: What they’re saying on social media about Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly As Dodgers Vice President Janet Marie Smith gave newest Dodgers Betts and Price a tour of the construction on Wednesday, Feb, 12, the pair seemed impressed with the additions, especially the new family areas. Both players said family comes first for them.However, after the tour, Price was eager to check out something that will not change at the stadium. He hustled over to the pitcher’s mound to get a quick video of his new home. BUSTED: Social media goes wild again after Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly gets eight-game suspension
By John Burton | FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The battle lines are drawn and the troops have made their selection of this year’s warriors for the political struggles of the June primary and November general election.Scores of members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee gathered Saturday March 18, at the iPlay America indoor entertainment and theme park, 110 Schanck Road, to offer their endorsement by acclamation for the list of GOP candidates for this year’s challenges for the various offices on the county ballot.And if politics is war by another name, minus the literal bloodletting, of course, it was on display as county party leaders offered their strategy and commitment to continue to maintain control of the county’s legislative delegation and county government, and the governor’s office, for the party faithful.A high priority for this year’s political front, acknowledged county chairman Shaun Golden (who also holds the elected position of county sheriff), will be regaining the two state Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District, which the Republican incumbents lost two years ago. “We have a great opportunity here,” Golden said, with the ticket for that particular race. A race, one audience member shouted was “stolen by lies and slander” by political opponents.“It is our ground zero this year,” in the political races, Golden told the crowd, “and we will get these seats back.”Democrats in that race benefited from a late game influx of cash from the state Democratic organization who detected an opportunity in the 11th District – which skews Democratic in voter registration and includes such county Democratic strongholds as Red Bank, Neptune, Long Branch and Asbury Park. Golden alleged the Democrats outspent the Republicans by more than $1 million to win the two seats, currently held by Joann Downey and Eric Houhtaling, who will be running for re-election this year.Incumbent Republican state Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank, will be seeking another term for the 11th. Joining her will be Michael Whelan, who his currently two years into his three-year term on the Red Bank Borough Council; and Robert Acerra, Ocean Township’s deputy mayor.Beck vowed to knock on 14,000 doors as she campaigned with her running mates for the three seats, running against what she called “All spin and no substance.”With veteran state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr.’s decision to not seek another term for the 13th district, that led to Golden, with his committee’s support, to announce that incumbent Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon would step up and run for the Legislature’s upper chamber. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Middletown, had said she intended to seek the party’s nod for the spot, but, according to Golden, decided to bow out leaving it open for O’Scanlon. Handlin will run for re-election for her Assembly seat.O’Scanlon, Little Silver, said it was difficult to square off with his colleague Handlin, “One of the classiest people I know,” he said. However, “This party is in better shape than it’s ever been.”With O’Scanlon running for the Senate, the other Assembly candidacy for the 13th District, will be Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. DiMaso, Holmdel, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Freeholder board in 2012 and began serving a full term in January 2014 and was re-elected in November 2016.Freeholder Lillian BurryThis year’s GOP freeholder candidates are veteran incumbent Lillian Burry, who began her tenure on the county government board in January 2006. Burry argued that the county has been well served by Republican elected officials, as she pointed to the county’s library and parks department, that she called the envy of the state, and fiscal responsibility that continues to earn national AAA bond ratings. “I would say after working in public service for 30 years,” including her term as a local elected official, Burry said, “I’m not finished yet.”Joining Burry on the ballot will be Holmdel’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. Impreveduto has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has served on the local board of education as well as the Holmdel Township Committee. He is taking the place of incumbent Freeholder Gary Rich who is not running this year.For the county organization, the top of the ticket belongs to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, told the supportive audience she has the ability and experience to defeat likely Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, a Middletown resident, for the governor’s office.“It’s going to be a bloody battle,” for the governor’s race as well as the Legislature, Guadagno said. “A lot of it is about money,” she said, telling the crowd, “I have the ability to raise money and we will have the money to get the message out.”State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) also made an attempt to sway some support for his bid for the party nomination, but promised following the June 6 primary he would support the Republican ticket.The party committee members endorsed incumbents Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Robert Clifton and Ronald Dancer for their re-election to the 12th Legislative District, which represents seven Monmouth County communities; and the 30th District’s Senator Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible, whose district covers the county’s southern portion.With the talk of money, Golden noted “I’m happy to report that MCRC is in great financial shape,” but didn’t offer any specifics. While the county returned incumbent Republicans to countywide offices last November (including Golden’s own re-election), and went strong for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, there is a voter registration deficit with Democrats. But it’s the unaffiliated voters who make the difference. “And we have to continue to give them a reason to vote Republican,” Golden said.This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA report didn’t affect the markets much. Corn exports were up a little, while bean exports were down slightly. The South American bean crop looks average, with Brazil likely having above average yields and Argentina likely below average.Next question: how many corn and bean acres will U.S. farmers plant in 2018? Many suspect beans will finally dethrone corn for the most acres planted. Regardless of acres planted, summer weather will have the biggest impact on prices going forward. How to roll futures to capture market carryRecently a farmer asked how I “roll” my futures to capture carry and what that looks like in my hedge account. Following provides an example of how this is done using real prices from the past few months. Questions I will answer more specifically:How does the transaction in my hedge account take place?How did I get paid?How do I account for profits/losses on each trade?How does all of this affect my bottom line? Example of how to capture market carryLet’s say a farmer sold corn last summer for $4.15 against Dec futures. Let’s assume that the farmer could have just priced with a local end-user on that same day at a -.15 basis level for harvest delivery. Basically they could have sold for a $4 cash price for harvest delivery. But this farmer has home storage and wants to make additional profit. I would suggest selling the futures in a hedge account so that the farmer can still pick up market carry premium and upside basis potential.11/29/17 was the last trading day for Dec futures before the CBOT’s delivery period, so market participants usually exit their Dec positions before this date. In order to capture carry and “roll the Dec sale forward,” the farmer would have to buy back the Dec futures they previously sold for $4.15. On 11/29/17 the price was $3.39 Dec futures, so the farmer would buy corn futures in the hedge account for this price. Then the farmer sells March futures at $3.535, the price on 11/29/17, to maintain their sold position in their hedge account. The Dec buy and the March sell are done at exactly the same time to avoid any price shift risk.After the farmer simultaneously buys back the Dec futures and sells the March futures, they have picked up 14.5 cents of market carry ($3.535 Mar Sold Futures – $3.39 Bought Dec Futures = 14.5 cents) and have rolled the sale forward to March futures. To put this in the simplest of business terms, in this example the farmer bought Dec low (at $3.39) and sold March high (at 3.535). That spread of 14.5 cents is the profit in this part of the trade. The previously sold futures of $4.15 is not a factor in calculating market carry at all. Market carry is just the premium that will be added to the $4.15 original sold futures price. Example of how to capture basisThen let’s say a farmer likes the basis level being offered by an end user (say -.05) today (2/9/18). That is a 10-cent improvement in basis (-15 at harvest to -5 today). To capture basis, the farmer will physically sell their grain to an end user and price the grain with the end user off of the March board price (today it’s $3.65). Then at immediately the same time the farmer must BUY the same amount of futures back in their hedge account for $3.65 against Mar futures that they just sold the end user.Now the cash contract with the end user is $3.60 ($3.65 futures less the -.05 basis). This will be the amount of money on the check from the end user. Wait: the farmer could have originally sold cash for $4 with harvest delivery (above)The farmer will actually receive more than $4 when adding the end user check AND the money in their hedge account. Following is the math:Dec Futures Sold: $4.15Dec Futures Bought: $3.39Profit from Trade: $ .76 March Futures Sold: $3.535March Futures Bought: $3.65Loss from Trade: -$ .115 Profit From Trade #1: $ .76Loss From Trade: #2: -$.115Net Gain In Hedge Account: $ .645 Cash Price From End User: $3.60Hedge Profits: $.645Final Cash Value: $4.245 The farmer received $.245 profit, which was derived from Market Carry (14.5 cents) and Basis Improvement (10 cents) to hold the grain from harvest until today.The above figuring is complicated, so I always think in terms of the following instead when planning my trades: Original Futures Sale: $4.15Market Carry (Spread Profits):$ .145Basis Level on Day Sold: -$.05Final Cash Value: $4.245 There are some common mistakes I see farmers make when trying to capture carry and basis. Here are some of them: Failure to keep detailed recordsOften farmers will see they sold March futures for $3.535 in their hedge account statements, then when they sell the cash grain, and have to buy those futures back, they think they are losing in their hedge account. They’ll forget why they sold the $3.535 at any point because the statement doesn’t show the reason. Usually they are left wondering why they would ever have sold corn for that price.That’s why it is so important that farmers keep meticulous records of EVERY trade. Missing one trade or misunderstanding why you did something can lead to speculative (aka risky) positions. Sometimes farmers think they’ll remember what they did, but I can assure you that few can. Trying to time the marketSometimes when farmers “roll” their futures from Dec to March they’ll try to time the market by waiting an hour or day, which could turn into a week, to make the second trade instead of doing it simultaneously as I recommend. When farmers do this they are doing nothing but speculating and adding unneeded risk to their farm operation and profits. To be clear, that isn’t hedging. And while it may work occasionally, it is far from guaranteed. The added risk is unnecessary and unadvisable. The same can be said of the trade to the end user and when buying the futures back in the hedge account. I don’t ever try to the time the market as I don’t want to speculate.I recommend to farmers that if they want to speculate, open a different account and speculate in it. It’s easier to see at the end of the year if you made money or not. Don’t turn a hedge account into a spec account because it’s too difficult to keep spec trades separate of hedge trades. This can lead to not only will your profits be uncertain, but your banker will likely be very unhappy with you.Operating a hedge accounts seems complicated but after time it becomes second nature. During times of low prices, farmers need to be doing everything they can to increase their profits and minimize risk, even if it means it takes a little extra paperwork sometimes. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. 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Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NCAA Season 93 Preview: Run-and-gun Chiefs continue chase for title China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection John Calvo PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netDespite the controversy surrounding Letran less than a week before NCAA Season 93, coach Jeff Napa is just glad to have his full roster in time for the men’s basketball wars.“We’re glad that we’re complete again and I know for myself that we’re ready coming into the battle,” the teary-eyed mentor said in Filipino during the Knights’ pep rally on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Rumors swirled the past two days that forward Bong Quinto and guard JP Calvo were sitting out this season and reportedly transferring elsewhere.But the two put an end to the issue after appearing at the pep rally, just two days before the NCAA opening on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTogether with Rey Nambatac, Quinto and Calvo are veterans who Napa expects will be a pivotal part of the Knights’ run this year.Letran opens its season against Mapua on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. View comments
Giving a new twist to his payment row with the BCCI, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said it was former BCCI President Sharad Pawar who promised “extra payment” to him for his services as an IPL Governing Council member.Gavaskar had on Tuesday hit out at the Cricket Board for not paying him for his role in the IPL Governing Council, a claim which was promptly refuted by the BCCI.In a fresh revelations, Gavaskar said he is now waiting for Pawar to meet current BCCI head Shashank Manohar to work out the matter.”I am now waiting for Mr Sharad Pawar, the then President of BCCI, to arrange a meeting with the current President of BCCI to help untangle and resolve this ‘demanding’ matter, since it was he who made the offer for the extra payment over and above the original amount given to the former players on the Governing Council and on whose word I agreed to come on board the Governing Council,” Gavaskar said in a statement.Gavaskar has found support from suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who said the former India captain had always been forthright in his dealings and never known to be a liar.”A lot has been said about Sunny. All I can tell you is that in all my dealings with Sunny, I’ve never known him to be a liar or anything. Sunny has been forthright. I’m sure they’ll sort it out,” Modi said in London.Gavaskar, who was controversially omitted from the IPL’s Governing Council in September this year, claimed he had not been paid for the last three years but Board secretary N Srinivasan rubbished it, saying it was not factually correct.advertisementWith inputs from PTI
Touch Football Australia has continued to build on the partnership with Japan Touch Association (JTA) with a number of key activities taking place in early part of 2017. Thanks to the support of the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), TFA assisted JTA to deliver a participation clinic to an all girls school in Chiba where close to 100 girls aged 12 to 18 took part in a development clinic run by Australian Womenâ€™s Open player and BLK Ambassador, Danielle Davis. In addition to the Chiba clinic, the TFA delegation worked with the JTA to develop a plan which is giving the two organisations particular focus over the next year.To capitalise on the February 2017 visit to Japan, TFA and JTA used the tour to deepen the level of engagement with the Australian Government by providing an overview of the project to Australian Embassy and AJF staff. The next phase of the program TFA will send a delegation to Osaka where participants are already excited by the prospect of a high profile Australian player or coach visiting to share their knowledge.TFA is proud of the flagship partnership with JTA and is using it as a foundation to support the ongoing development of the sport internationally. With the support of the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Asian Sport Partnerships program, TFA will be delivering programs into China throughout March, April and May of 2017 where girls’ participation programs will once again take centre stage.Related LinksTouch blossoms in Japan
Chelsea to report Bayern Munich over Hudson-Odoi situationby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are not happy with Bayern Munich.And the club are set to report the German giants to FIFA over the possible transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi.They will look to see if there is a chance that Bayern have been tapping up the English youngster.And Goal.com suggests if they find evidence, they will take it to FIFA.Hudson-Odoi has been the subject of several offers from Bayern this winter, but Chelsea want to keep their star.Even Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said to reporters they were interested in Hudson-Odoi.”He’s a very interesting player that we really want to sign,” Salihamidzic said. “He has qualities that suit our game. He’s a strong dribbler, fast, and carries a goal threat.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: The mascot from the University of South Florida Bulls entertains during play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. USF won 37-10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After averaging just over 17 points a game last season, USF opened its 2015 campaign by splashing 51 points on the board against the FAMU rattlers on the way to a 51-3 victory. The Bulls only scored a combined 206 points all of last season, so there was reason to celebrate. But it’s not every day a team gets to celebrate in the locker room with a famous rapper.USF freshman defensive end Vincent Jackson posted a video to his Twitter account after the win of rapper Plies with his arm around head coach Willie Taggart, giving him the seal of approval. The homie @plies in the locker room after the W #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/ldcHhc2QuJ— Vincent Jackson Jr. (@VMJacksonJr) September 6, 2015Not exactly what you’d expect in the locker room after a season opening victory, but maybe the Bulls are on to something. Plies seems pretty confident that USF will be “bustin’ the scoreboard every Saturday,” but a much bigger challenge lies ahead in Tallahassee next weekend as the Bulls are set to face the Seminoles.
Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell tackles Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett during the Hawkeyes’ game against the Buckeyes on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 6 Ohio State never led for a single second against Iowa, as the unranked Hawkeyes more than doubled its average of 25 points per game and scored the most points ever against an Urban Meyer-coached team Saturday. A week after completing a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State that Meyer called the best of his career, Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) could not make up a 21-point third-quarter deficit and fell 55-24 to Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) at Kinnick Stadium.Thousands of gold-and-black-clad fans stormed the field to celebrate the win, which crushed Ohio State’s hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff, just as Buckeye fans had done the week before.“Obviously turnovers, they controlled the line of scrimmage, we couldn’t stop them,” Meyer said dejectedly. “Good team, tough environment, we didn’t play very well.”Everything that went right against the Nittany Lions went wrong for Ohio State against the Hawkeyes. “Coming off an emotional win last week against Penn State, and then walking into a hostile environment that we knew, Kinnick Stadium, it’s got it’s Kinnick Curse or whatever you want to call it,” redshirt center Billy Price said. “We just didn’t come prepared today, we weren’t nine units strong and it resulted with the loss today.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett thrust himself into Heisman Trophy contention with a 33-for-39, 328-passing yard performance against the Nittany Lions, but toiled against the Hawkeyes, completing 18-of-34 passes for 208 yards and rushing for a team-high 14 carries for 63 yards. His game-opening interception was just his first of career-high four interceptions. He drove the Buckeyes down the field 80, 74 and 77 yards on the second, third and fourth drives, respectively. But Ohio State picked up just 33 yards on its next seven drives combined.Leading by 14 points late in the third quarter, Iowa sent its field-goal unit onto the field for what seemed to be a short field goal, but instead delivered a gut punch to Ohio State. Rather than kicking, the Hawkeyes spread the formation out and punter Colten Rastetter hit long snapper Tyler Kluver for an 18-yard gain as Meyer stood beside the side judge and decided not to call a timeout. On the next play, Quarterback Nate Stanley hit tight end T.J. Hockenson for a 2-yard touchdown, extending the lead to three touchdowns.The Hawkeyes took advantage of the Buckeyes’ weak secondary as Stanley went 20-of-31 for 226 yards and finished with a season-high five touchdowns. Tight ends Hockenson and Noah Fant led Iowa with five and four catches for 71 and 54 yards, respectively.“It’s kind of hard to explain [the feeling of the loss],” Lewis said. “Have the feeling of embarrassment, feeling of just… As a leader, I feel like I let a lot of people down.”Iowa relied heavily on speedy running back Akrum Wadley, who took 20 carries 118 yards. The Hawkeyes averaged 6.4 yards per carry, more than any team has rushed for against Ohio State in a single game this season.“Nobody expected that, I don’t think, on the defense because we play defense and take pride in stopping the run,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said.Though the Hawkeyes entered the game having only scored 20-plus points in half of their eight games, they reached the threshold with 13:41 remaining in the second quarter as the Buckeyes seemed incapable of stopping, or even slowing down the Hawkeyes. Iowa outgained Ohio State 487-371 in total yards and picked up 24 first downs.“You expect to go into every game and dominate and play like the Silver Bullets,” Lewis said. “Obviously it didn’t turn out that way. We’ve just got to bounce back.”Ohio State allowed Penn State to score its first touchdown 15 seconds into the game last Saturday. This week, Iowa one-upped the Nittany Lions as sophomore safety Amani Hooker intercepted Barrett’s first pass attempt and ran it back for the game’s opening touchdown, just eight seconds into the game.Ohio State abandoned its running backs during the majority of the game. J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined for 11 carries and 78 yards. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was flagged and ejected for targeting for a head-to-head hit on Stanley near the end of the second quarter. The Buckeyes will be back in action at noon Saturday when they take on No. 24 Michigan State at Ohio Stadium.