Iowa pulls away in second half against Miami (OH)

Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith (12) celebrates with teammates after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami of Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - After a slow start in the first half, Iowa found its rhythm in the second half to defeat Miami (OH) in the season opener 38-14.

The Hawkeyes fell behind 7-3 midway through the second quarter. They took the lead when Nate Stanley hit Brandon Smith for a 9-yard touchdown, giving Iowa a 10-7 going into halftime.

The offense found its rhythm in the third quarter with a 170 total yards, including 71 rushing. Iowa City native and Michigan transfer Oliver Martin got the scoring started with a 9-yard touchdown catch, his first as a Hawkeye. Then Mekhi Sargent added a 2-yard touchdown run to make it 24-7.

Iowa finished with 465 yards of total offense, including 213 on the ground.

This was the first time ever the season opener was a night game at Kinnick Stadium.