Iowa’s ‘strong’ offense? Tyler Goodson’s career day just one piece to that puzzle
“This offense can be strong in any situation.”
That was Tyler Goodson after Iowa’s 30-7 win over Kent State. He was referring to the impressive 20-play, 95-yard touchdown drive to close out the first half.
But “strong” could also apply to his 153-yard, 3-TD day. Both were career highs for the junior running back.
“Strong” is not the word many others are using for Iowa’s offense, but Goodson has been its most consistent piece of the puzzle.
It was his first time cracking the century mark this season — and 6th overall — although he had 99 in the opener against Indiana.
Much like in that game, Goodson set the tone Saturday against the Golden Flashes with an explosive run early.
“We liked that play going into the game, but I didn’t know that was going to be a touchdown,” QB Spencer Petras said.
Goodson said he nearly ruined a perfect pitch from Petras: “I Almost dropped [it].”
But he didn’t, and he and the Hawkeyes were off to the races for a 46-yard touchdown run to add 7 on top of the 2 a safety spotted them.
“Heck of a job by Tyler to use his speed to get into the end zone,” Petras said.
Goodson added TD runs of 35 and 2 yards — the first time a Hawkeye rushed for 3 touchdowns since Akrum Wadley in 2017.
“The guys up front did a pretty good job making sure the running backs had a split second to get to the open field,” Goodson said. “From there it was on the running backs to get it to the house.”
Goodson has made himself at home in that house, scoring 11 rushing touchdowns during Iowa’s 9-game winning streak and averaging 105.8 yards per game and 5.4 per carry in that span. His 5 touchdowns this season are a team-high and good for a tie for 2nd in the Big Ten.
On Saturday, Goodson became the 5th Hawkeye to rush for at least 150 yards and 3 touchdowns in a game, joining LeShun Daniels in 2015, Shonn Greene in 2008, Wadley in 2015 and 2017 and Mark Weisman in 2012.
Not bad for a much-maligned offense. Good would be enough, but Goodson’s been great.