Love the Run Game
It was the defense last week that really showed up and neutralized what Minnesota was trying to do. Well this week it was the run game. Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels rushed for a combined 326 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as Iowa won it's second straight road game.
This is what they had to do, especially with Jake Replogle and Jawan Bentley both out. Purdue struggled all day in stopping both Daniels and Wadley and that's exactly what Iowa was looking for. They won up front and then relied on the duo to make plays and they did. This was the most impressive the rushing attack has been all season long.
Iowa has a tough test against the Wisconsin Badgers next week. The Badgers are giving up just an average of 106 yards on the ground this year to opponents. That number is good for second in the Big Ten.
Run Defense Solid Again
The Iowa defense did a great job against Minnesota last week bottling up both Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith. This week they were tasked with dealing with Markell Jones, who, when healthy, is the one of the better backs in the Big Ten. The Iowa defense held Jones to just 33 yards on 9 carries. Purdue had to pass quite a bit because they fell behind early, but taking Jones out of the game was a big key.
The Boilers had success through the air late in the game which allowed David Blough to pass for 458 yards. Iowa's second teamers struggled a bit against the pass, which forced the staff to bring the starters back in. Desmond King sealed the win for Iowa with his first interception of the year.
The defense will have to deal with Corey Clement next weekend. He gouged Ohio State to the tune of 164 yards on 25 carries just this weekend.
Iowa started the game without one of their starting tackles in Cole Croston, but as the game progress we saw Boone Myers hobbled a bit and even watching Akrum Wadley limp off the field late. Iowa definitely needs to be at full strength when Wisconsin comes to town so hopefully it isn't anything too serious for those guys.
If they can get to the Wisconsin game healthy they'll have that bye week looming a week later to get healthy. As solid as Lucas LeGrand was on Saturday it would be nice for Iowa to have their original guys going against Wisconsin. That means a healthy Myers and a healthy Croston.