Iowa 26, Purdue 20
It was a wee more of a fight at the end than it should’ve been, but Iowa got just enough steady production to survive. It wasn’t the big breakout performance by the offense that it should’ve been – Nate Stanley didn’t throw a touchdown pass and gave up a pick – and the running game stalled way too often, but the final score was better than the game. The defense did its job.
Jack Plummer kept on bombing. He threw 50 times for 327 yards and two touchdowns, David Bell caught 13 passes or 197 yards and a score, and the Boilermakers kept on fighting even without Rondale Moore and with an overmatched defense. The offensive line did a nice job of holding up against the Iowa line – the Hawkeyes don’t and can’t rush the passer – but the running game went nowhere.
That’s about it for Purdue. At 2-5, it has to go 4-1 against Illinois, Nebraska, at Northwestern, at Wisconsin and Indiana to go bowling. That’s not going to happen. Iowa at least got past the rough losses to Michigan and Penn State, but the offense has to be a whole lot better over the back half. It’s still in the Big Ten West title chase with Wisconsin and Minnesota still to play. The Hawkeyes go to Northwestern next week.
Indiana 34, Maryland 28
Indiana survived with QB Michael Penix getting hurt and Peyton Ramsey coming in, but it did a whole lot of things beyond that to make the game interesting. The Hoosiers couldn’t stop getting flagged – hit 11 times – and it struggled against the Maryland offense for stretches, but it was a Big Ten road win. Indiana figured out how to win.
Ramsey was brilliant in relief, completing 20-of-27 passes for 193 yards and a score, and Stevie Scott ran for 108 yards and two scores. The offensive line did a fantastic job against the Terp defensive front as the Hoosier controlled the clock and the game.
Tyrrell Pigrome was okay. He didn’t run much, but he threw for 210 yards and two scores to go along with Javon Leake’s 158 yards and two touchdowns. Maryland was able to keep up the pace, but it was never able to come up with consecutive drives to take over the game.
Now the Terps are in big, big trouble at 3-4 with at Minnesota up next and Michigan, at Ohio State, Nebraska and at Michigan State to follow. Indiana is at 5-2 with winnable games against Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue still to play. This time around, there’s no excuse, Hoosiers. Get bowling.