Iowa was able to prevail against Purdue on Saturday to the tune of a 40-20 win. They jumped out to a 20-0 lead but were not able to sustain that momentum as Purdue answered with 13 unanswered points of their own. The 90 yard drive the Hawkeyes were able to put together resulted in a touchdown to fire ahead 27-13. They never looked back at that point.
The Hawkeyes are now 11-0 and have clinched a share of the Big Ten West crown. They showed off some gear afterwards with some championship hats and shirts.
The running game was never able to get rolling as expected until the fourth quarter when senior Jordan Canzeri broke loose in his final game in Kinnick Stadium. He was able to get behind the Purdue defense and run away for a 42 yard score. He finished the game with 95 yards on 13 carries. LeShun Daniels found the end zone twice in the first half but only tallied 8 carries for 31 yards.
C.J. Beathard was able to execute consistently through the air from the outset. He threw three touchdowns and converted on 12 of 20 pass attempts for 213 yards. That's been about his average for the year and it has been enough in 11 straight games. It's the intangibles he brings to the table. His timing is impeccable. His best plays come on third downs or in situations where his team needs a play from him the most. That can not be measured and he has that in spades.
Defensively, the Hawkeyes fared much better than they did against Minnesota. It was much better in the first half, though, as they got caught a couple times after jumping out to that 20 point lead. Purdue did run the ball for 137 yards and threw for another 268. The Hawkeyes knocked starting quarterback David Blough out of the game with a massive hit from Jordan Lomax. However, backup signal caller Austin Appleby came in and performed well.
It was the best game of the season from senior safety Jordan Lomax. Not only was he responsbile for the hit on Blough but he also recorded 13 tackles and prevented a few other big plays from the Boilermaker offense from taking shape. His hit on Blough also caused the only Purdue turnover of the game and helped catapult the Hawkeyes ahead early. Josey Jewell was his usual self with 12 tackles, while Desmond King had 11 and Cole Fisher had 10.
Iowa will now play for an undefeated season when they head to Lincoln on Friday to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the Legends Trophy. The Hawkeyes have now secured their spot in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.