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Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Kinnick Stadium Iowa City
147Golden Flashes Kent State
148Hawkeyes Iowa
OP
56.5
-22.5
CU
54.5o -110
-22.5 -110
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ML: 1250
ML: -2000
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7 0 0 0
9 7 7 7
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7
30

Iowa aims for a ninth consecutive victory when the No. 5 Hawkeyes host Kent State on Saturday.

Propelled up the Top 25 rankings by another dominant showing at Iowa State last week, the Hawkeyes are flexing their muscles on defense and showing signs of a strong running game.

Iowa (2-0) opened last season with two consecutive losses, then won its final six games. The Hawkeyes have looked even more determined in 2021, following a 34-6 rout of then-No. 17 Indiana on Sept. 4 with last weekend's 27-17 road win over then-No. 9 Iowa State.

"The best we could be is 2-0," said quarterback Spencer Petras, who has thrown for 1,339 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions over the last eight games, according to hawkeyesports.com. "I'm proud of this team so far."

Though Petras and the Hawkeyes' offense have totaled just 476 yards, it's been serviceable through two games. However, Iowa's defense has been the talk of the program's early-season success. The Hawkeyes have yielded just 164 rushing yards, forced seven turnovers (six interceptions) and scored three defensive touchdowns.

One of those scores came on Jack Campbell's 6-yard return of a fumble. The junior linebacker has posted 14 tackles and a half sack in 2021.

"He's played a lot of good football for us," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "He's got a tremendous attitude and work ethic. He's got good physical skill, too. We're really happy for him."

Iowa has allowed an average of 13.3 points and posted an average victory margin of 21.5 points during its eight-game overall winning streak. The Hawkeyes will also aim to push their nonconference winning streak to 14 games.

This will be Iowa's first meeting with Kent State since a 39-7 victory in September 2004. The Hawkeyes have won five straight contests against teams from the Mid-American Conference dating to a 30-27 loss versus Northern Illinois in August 2013.

Kent State (1-1) will face its second top-10 opponent in 2021 after losing 41-10 at then-No. 6 Texas A&M to open the season. The Golden Flashes, though, bounced back in a big way with last weekend's 60-10 win over FCS-foe VMI.

Kent State has intercepted four passes in each of its first two games, and its eight total turnovers are second in the nation to Boise State (11).

"The thing that keeps standing out to me is the way we keep turning over offenses," Kent State coach Sean Lewis said.

"(The defense) is creating an identity and a mindset that when the ball's in the air, it's ours. There's an opportunity to go get it - and they're doing that."

Amid his fifth season at Kent, quarterback Dustin Crum has thrown for 4,483 yards with 36 touchdowns and just eight interceptions over 39 career games. However, he was just 12-of-26 for 89 yards with two interceptions against Texas A&M.

In Crum's last three games against ranked opponents, he's thrown for 315 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Since the start of the 2002 season, Kent State has been outscored by an average margin of 41.1 points while going 0-10 against top-10 teams.

--Field Level Media

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Recap SEP 18TH 2021

The fifth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes -- helped by an incredible 20-play, 95-yard drive -- defeated visiting Kent State 30-7 in nonconference play on Saturday afternoon at Iowa City.

Tyler Goodson ran for 153 yards, a 7.0 average and three touchdowns to lead the Hawkeyes (3-0), who have won nine straight games dating to last season.

Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras completed 25 of 36 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

Kent State (1-2) was led by quarterback Dustin Crum and wide receiver Keshunn Abram. Crum completed 16 of 23 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown. Abram caught six passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.

Iowa's defense started the scoring as a 15-yard sack by Lukas Van Ness resulted in a first-period safety.

The Hawkeyes took the ensuing kick and scored on a pitch to Goodson for a 46-yard run through a huge hole on the left side to make it 9-0 with 6:34 left in the quarter.

Kent State got on the board on its next possession, converting a third-and-6 play with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Abram. Of the 75 yards traveled in that drive, 71 came on two throws to Abram.

But the Hawkeyes took a 16-7 lead into halftime lead on the dominating 20-play drive that chewed 8:38 off the clock. On third and goal from the 5-yard line, Petras hit Sam LaPorta, who barely got the ball over the end line for the touchdown.

Kent State failed to score on two third-quarter drives deep into Iowa territory.

On the first one, Kent State reached Iowa's 35 before Crum threw incomplete on fourth-and-8.

Kent State then drove 76 yards on 15 plays, but Bryan Bradford fumbled as he tried to extend the ball into the end zone. Riley Moss recovered the fumble in the end zone, and Jack Campbell was credited with the force.

Iowa then drove 80 yards on 11 plays, scoring on Goodson's 35-yard run -- again to the left side -- with 32 seconds left in the third. Goodson's score came on a third-and-9 play.

The Hawkeyes capped the scoring on Goodson's 2-yard run with 4:07 left in the game.

--Field Level Media

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