Iowa came into the game against Purdue, ranked No.2 in the country. Many people thought it would be an easy game for Iowa, but Purdue had other plans. The Boilermakers shocked the Hawkeyes 24-7 in Iowa City, Iowa. At halftime, Purdue led Iowa 14 to 7. The Boilermakers went to score ten points in the second and held the Hawkeyes scoreless.
Purdue Passing Game Was On Point
Boilermakers quarterback Aidan O’Connell passed for 375 yards on 30 for 40 passing on the day. He also tossed two touchdown passes. Receiver David Bell led Purdue with 11 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown. Bell’s longest pass play was a 60 yard gain. However, the receiver did know how many yards he had until he heard from his mother in the stands.
“It was definitely nice hearing it from her,” said Bell, who set a stadium record with his receiving yards. O’Connell and Bell were excellent on Saturday; Iowa could not do anything to stop the duo.
Iowa Struggled Running The Ball
The Hawkeyes are known for there physical play and running the ball. However, against Purdue, the Hawkeyes struggled on the ground. Iowa ran the ball 30 times for just 76 yards, that us just 2.5 yards per rush. Purdue did an outstanding job creating penetration to slow Iowa’s running game. Also, getting an early led makes it hard for a team to run the ball. Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras was sacked four times at hurt against the rushing stats. However, running back Tyler Goodson did rush for 75 yards on 12 carries.
Purdue forced Iowa into four interceptions. The Boilermakers had constant pressure on Petras all game long. He was sacked four times and threw for interceptions. Petras finished the day with 195 yards passing on 17 of 32 passing.
Petras says that Iowa’s goals are still in front of them. “Our goals are all in front of us at this point,” Petras said. “One thing we can’t do is be undefeated, but everything else is out there for our taking. We’ve done a lot of good the first seven weeks, a lot of bad, most of that today. We have to regroup.”
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