I don't think people really knew what to expect when Iowa traveled to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilermakers on their homecoming weekend. Iowa was coming off a road victory against a west division rival, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but their offense wasn't extremely impressive.
Iowa would start the game without one of their starting offensive linemen in Cole Croston and would lose tight end George Kittle midway through the first half.
Iowa answered any questions about their offense early on scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions to take an early 21-0 win. They used touchdown runs from LeShun Daniels and C.J. Beathard as well as a touchdown pass from Beathard to Riley McCarron to build their early lead. The Boilers on the other hand looked brutal to start on both sides of the ball.
After Iowa punted on their next possession they would score two more times before the half with a Purdue touchown sandwiched in between to make the score 35-7 as the teams broke for halftime.
The Hawkeyes had racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense in the first half, which is more than they'd totaled in each of the last four games.
The Hawkeyes were not quite as dominant in the second half, but found the end zone in the third quarter to give them 42 points on the afternoon. The starters finished out the third quarter, but we saw backups start to trickle in as the fourth started.
Unfortunately for Iowa, they allowed Purdue to hang around. The Boilermakers had the game down to a two score game with about six minutes left and Iowa was forced to bring back some of the starters.
Iowa's Desmond King would notch his first interception of the year when he picked off David Blough and took it into the end zone for the pick six which sealed the win for the Hawkeyes.
However, the Iowa defense would give up another touchdown, but it wouldn't matter in the gran scheme of things. Iowa sealed the victory at 49-35. LeShun Daniels carried it 24 times for 156 yards while Akrum Wadley carried it 14 times for 170 yards. The backs combined for three touchdowns.
C.J. Beathard didn't have to throw much. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa defense struggled in the second half and wound up giving up nearly 500 passing yards to Blough. They did do a good job of holding Purdue to just 46 rushing yards though.
Iowa definitely has some things to work on in terms of closing things out, but they'll leave West Lafayette with a W and a 5-2 record.
This brings us a home contest with Wisconsin next week. You can catch the Badgers against Ohio State tonight inside Camp Randall.