Purdue 38, Iowa 36
What Happened: Spencer Evans nailed a 25-yard field goal to give Purdue the key win in the Big Ten West race – and spoil a big Iowa comeback.
David Blough threw four touchdown passes for the Boilermakers – including three to Terry Wright – but down 35-23, Iowa stormed back with a long drive leading to a one-yard Mekhi Sargent touchdown run, and a takeaway leading to another, and a 36-35 lead. But the two-point conversion failed, leaving the door open for Purdue to pull off the win.
What Mattered: Blough threw two picks, but he had a big game, completing 23-of-32 passes for 333 yards and four scores, with Wright catching six passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns. The run game didn’t do much against the Iowa D – it was Blough and the short passing game, except on an 82-yarder to Wright.
– Iowa looked and played a bit beaten up after the tough loss to Penn State. Nate Stanley threw for 275 yards and a score, but there wasn’t much of a ground game to help out. Outside of one big pass play to TE Noah Fant, there weren’t a whole lot of big things happening gat the second level.
What It All Means: Purdue is now in the thick of the Big Ten West race, but it needs Northwestern to start losing in a hurry. At 5-4, getting one more win for bowl eligibility is still a must attic road trips to Minnesota and Indiana wrapped around a home date against Wisconsin – it’ll get there. The Big Ten West is too tough a road, though.
– This was devastating for Iowa. With two straight losses to go along with the loss to Wisconsin, it’s going to need to run the table against Northwestern, at Illinois, and agains Nebraska, and then get some help to take the West.
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