Iowa’s Josh Jackson: ‘it was a great feeling’ to beat Ohio State

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Iowa stunned the college football world on Saturday with a convincing 55-24 win over No. 6 Ohio State at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, and junior cornerback Josh Jackson played a key role in the blowout victory.

Jackson picked off Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett three times in the game, earning him the National Defensive Player of the Week Award.

Jackson joined the Big Ten Network’s Michelle McMahon on Monday evening to discuss his big game against the Buckeyes. Fittingly, McMahon introduced Jackson as “Josh ‘I will pick you off’ Jackson.”

“It was a huge win for the university,” Jackson said, “and just to experience that moment at Kinnick Stadium with the fans rushing the field and my teammates, it was a great feeling just to leave the game with a victory.”

Jackson’s final interception on Saturday was not only the play of the game, but arguably the play of the year, as he made a leaping, one-handed grab in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. When asked about his incredible defensive play, Jackson stayed humble with his response.

“We were in a coverage that my coach calls ‘Cover 2,'” Jackson said, “and I was just reading the quarterback and sank in coverage. I saw the ball go up and I just tried to make a play on it.”

As McMahon points out, Iowa has not defeated a top-10 ranked Ohio State team since 1983. Despite the odds being stacked against the Hawkeyes, Jackson said that his team never lost confidence that they could come out with a win.

“It started with us,” he said. “Our locker room and our coaches and our players. We all believed. We just wanted to come out and execute on Saturday and trust our hard work and preparation that we prepared for during the week. When it came to game time, we just wanted to leave it all out there on the field.”

Jackson also praised Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley, who completed 20 of his 31 passing attempts for 226 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Buckeyes.

“He’s a great quarterback,” Jackson said. “Even in practice, he’s very competitive. You know, its hard to go against him in practice just because he is such a good quarterback and knows all his reads. You have to make sure you’re on your game when you go against him because he will get you. I’m happy for the offense and what they did. It’s just great to try to get stops and get the ball back to them and let them do what they do.”

Watch the full interview with Jackson below:

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