Rob Report: Purdue

Hawkeye Insider Publisher Rob Howe checks in from the press box at Ross-Ade with a dressed list, injury report, special teams units, news and notes.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Iowa players in uniform Saturday here at Ross-Ade Stadium against the Purdue:

QB - Vandenberg, Rudock, Wienke.

RB - Coker, Rogers, D. Johnson,White, Gimm, Meyers, Bullock, McCall.

WR - Davis, McNutt, Martin-Manley, Audlehelm,Cotton, Grant,

TE - Z. Derby, Hamilton, Fiedorowicz,Herman.

OL - Donnal, Boffeli, Blythe, Scherff, Van Sloten, Zusevics, Orne, Ferentz, Gettis, Tobin,Reiff.

DL - Daniels, Forgy, Binns, Daniel, Bigach, Nardo, Cooper, McMinn, Gaglione,C. Davis.

LB - Lowdermilk, Morris, Donatell, Alston, Derby, Collins, T. Nielsen, Kirksey, Hitchens.

DB - Castillo, Lowery,Law, Hyde, Prater,Steinbrecher, Miller, Bernstine, Sleeper, Swanson, Lomax.

Special Teams - Wienke, Kreiter, Bigach, Guthrie, Mossbrucker, Meyer.

Injury Report: Keenan Davis and C.J. Fiedorowicz, who left last week's action early with injury, started against Purdue.

Reserve running back Jordan Canzeri didn't make the trip to West Lafayette. He dealt with leg injuries earlier in the season. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said their is a chance that the true freshman could return next week from the undisclosed injury.

James Morris appeared to be re-injure his ankle in the third quarter. He was replaced by Anthony Hitchens but returned in the fourth. He came in for Tyler Nielsen, who appeared to injure his neck. Later in the final period, Morris and Nielsen were in the game together.

Special Teams Units

Kick Return - Bernstine,Martin-Manley, Herman, Fiedorowicz, Lowdermilk, Staggs, White, Castillo, A. Derby, Herman, Gimm, Z. Derby.

Kick Coverage - Meyer, Law, Prater, A. Derby, Herman, Lowdermilk, White, Sleeper, Hitchens, Castillo, Lowery.

Punt Return - Hyde, Law, Lomax, Lowery, Prater, N. Nielsen, Sleeper, Hitchens.

Punt Coverage - Guthrie, Kreiter, Lowery, Prater, Miller, Rogers, Fiedorwicz, Kirksey, Herman, T. Nielsen


-True freshman running back Mika'il McCall played for the first time since the season opener. There was some debate as to whether or not he could get a medical hardship after breaking his leg in Game 1.

That's off the table now.

-Marvin McNutt, Jr. had two touchdown receptions, increasing his season total to 12, which is an Iowa single-season (Mo Brown had 11 in '02).

McNutt also holds Iowa records for receiving yards in a season (1,240) and career (2,786). For the day, he had nine catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, tying a career-high with nine receptions. It marked the fifth straight week McNutt collected over 100 receiving yards.

-Senior DT Mike Daniels tied a career high with eight tackles, including four TFLs and two sacks. The two sacks are a career high and the tackles-for-loss equal a personal best.

-Sophomore LB Anthony Hitchens had the first fumble recovery of his career, that coming on a Purdue KO return near the end of the first period. Hitchens missed five games earlier in the season due to injury before returning to special teams play a year ago.

-Sophomore TE C.J. Fiedorowicz started for the third straight game and had a touchdown reception for the second straight contest.

-Senior Kyle Steinbrecher had a blocked punt in the second quarter, with the kick recovered by junior Collin Sleeper.

-Today marked the fifth time in 11 games in which RB Marcus Coker (30-139) and WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. (9-151) have each surpassed 100 yards in the same game.

-Sophomore DB Tanner Miller had two interceptions for the Iowa defense, the second and third of his career.

-Marcus Coker led the Iowa rushing attack with 30 carries for 139 yards. Coker scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. He has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the fourth most in a single season at Iowa.

-Junior QB James Vandenberg completed 22-32 passes for 273 yards and three scores. Vandenberg's three TD passes against Purdue raises his season total to 23, which ranks third best at Iowa for a single season.

-Iowa recorded five takeaways (two interceptions, two fumbles, one blocked punt) against Purdue. Iowa has scored 47 points in 11 games following 19 opponent turnovers (nine fumbles, nine interceptions, one blocked punt).

The last time an Iowa defense collected five takeaways in a single game was at Michigan in 2009.

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