Welcome to Iowa, J.T. Barrett: Amani Hooker logs pick-six on game's first play

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Well ... that was quick.

If the Hawkeyes were going to have a shot against No. 6 Ohio State, they'd need something big to happen. A momentum-swinger. A blocked punt. A kickoff return for a touchdown. Something.

They got one. Eight seconds into the game.

Amani Hooker (27) could be seeing an elevated role this season with Brandon Snyder's ACL tear being announced Friday.

Iowa safety Amani Hooker intercepted J.T. Barrett's first pass at Ohio State's 30-yard line and ran, untouched, all the way for a touchdown. All of a sudden, Iowa led 7-0 with 14:52 on the clock.

That was Iowa's second pick-six of the season. Injured safety Brandon Snyder logged one in his season debut against Illinois. Barrett had completed 16 straight passes before Saturday's game-opening interception. He went 33-for-39 for 328 yards and four touchdowns last week to lead the Buckeyes past Penn State, 39-38.

Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at mbain@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.