NCAA Game Summary - Iowa at Purdue|
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Iowa 31, Purdue 21
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Hawkeyes' star wideout Marvin McNutt had
nine catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, as Iowa notched a 31-21 win
over Purdue in a Big Ten battle at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Marcus Coker powered the ground game with 139 yards and a touchdown on 30
carries for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who finally tallied their first
road win of the year. James Vandenberg completed 22-of-32 passes for 273 yards
and three TDs on the day.
With the loss, the Boilermakers (5-6, 3-4) will need to beat Indiana in
Bloomington next weekend in order to qualify for the postseason for the first
time since 2007. Robert Marve had a tough day under center, as he completed
only 7-of-18 passes for 95 yards and two interceptions, and he also fumbled at
the goal line late in regulation.
Iowa marched 80 yards down the field on its opening possession, and Vandenberg
connected with McNutt for a 26-yard scoring strike to give the Hawkeyes an
early 7-0 lead.
Purdue answered with a 13-play, 63-yard drive, capped by a 14-yard touchdown
pass from Caleb TerBush to Gabe Holmes midway through the first quarter.
However, the Hawkeyes responded with another 80-yard drive, and this time
Vandenberg found C.J. Fiedorowicz for a five-yard touchdown pass to put Iowa
on top, 14-7 in the final seconds of the first quarter.
Purdue tied the game with a big defensive play at the 4:49 mark of the second
quarter. Dwayne Beckford and Will Lucas teamed up to sack Vandenberg deep in
Iowa territory, knocking the ball loose, and Brandon Taylor scooped it up in
the end zone for a touchdown.
The back-and-forth battle continued with Coker scoring on a two-yard run in
the final minute of the first half to send the Hawkeyes into intermission with
a 21-14 advantage.
Iowa began to take control in the second half. Mike Meyer gave the Hawkeyes a
24-14 lead with a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter, marking the only
points of the period.
McNutt's second touchdown grab came on a quick slant near midfield on the
first play of the fourth quarter. The senior wideout juggled the ball, hauled
it in and then made several defenders miss on his way to a 51-yard TD catch
that gave the Hawkeyes a 31-14 advantage.
Purdue would not go quietly, though, as Ralph Bolden scored on an 11-yard run
on the Boilermakers' ensuing possession to trim the margin to 31-21. Later,
with 1:27 remaining in regulation, Marve appeared to score on a nine-yard
scramble on fourth down to cut the deficit to three. However, the officials
reviewed the play and overturned it, ruling that Marve lost control of the
ball just before he crossed the pylon. Iowa took over possession and ran out
With bowl eligibility at stake, the Boilermakers simply turned in a flat
offensive performance marred by turnovers and missed opportunities. They
finished with just 282 total yards and came up empty on two of their four
trips into the red zone.
11/19 16:17:06 ET