IOWA CITY, Iowa (Ticker) -- Iowa erupted for a school-record 37 points in the first quarter and coasted to a season-opening 57-21 rout of Akron as Fred Russell and Jermelle Lewis combined for 293 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Filling in for injured starter Aaron Greving, Russell carried 14 times for 170 yards and scored twice in the record-breaking first quarter. A 5-8, 185-pound junior, Russell got the Hawkeyes (1-0) going with a 44-yard scoring dash less than two minutes into the game and went in from 35 yards less than five minutes later.
In between, linebacker Kevin Worthy rambled 72 yards with a fumble and Iowa recorded a safety of a bad punt snap.
Brad Banks capped the big opening period with touchdown passes of 56 and 36 yards to Maurice Brown. Banks played sparingly, going 5-of-8 for 125 yards. Nathan Chandler, a 6-7 junior, was 7-of-12 for 92 yards.
Lewis, a sophomore, got into the act in the second quarter with TDs of one and two yards. He finished with 123 yards on 19 carries, helping Iowa amass 376 yards on the ground.
Charlie Frye got Akron (0-1) on the board with second-quarter touchdown passes of seven yards to Matt Cherry and 31 yards to Jamie Goodwin. Frye went 21-of-29 for 230 yards, but the Zips managed just 67 rushing yards and committed three turnovers.
The Hawkeyes did not attempt a single punt and averaged 9.1 yards per offensive play.