Tyler Goodson gets the start
As I mentioned in my post-game recap article, Tyler Goodson got the start and received the majority of the carries in this key game, which is something Iowa football fans have been clamoring for for weeks.
It’s nothing against Mekhi Sargent or Toren Young, but Goodson just has that supreme talent that needs to be on the field as much as possible.
Although the depth chart had Sargent as the lead back, Goodson was on the field to start the game and proceeded to receive 3 carries on the first 4 plays gaining 28 yards in the process.
The carries didn’t stop there as the Hawks’ elected to move away from a running back by committee approach in this game (at least until late when I believe they wanted Sargent in because of ball security) and instead focused on feeding Goodson.
I think it’s pretty clear that he responded well with 94 yards on 13 carries good for a healthy 7.2 yard per carry average.
I love Sargent’s story and Young’s running power as much as the next Iowa Hawkeye fan, but Goodson is the future, and he also happens to be the now. And it looks like the Hawks finally succumbed to this realization as well.