Song Remains the Same: Miscues Kill Hawkeyes

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The song remains the same. Iowa was its own worst enemy again today, especially in the first half.

Nathan Chandler missed Ramon Ochoa on a pump and go route that was overthrown by 10 yards. If Chandler had underthrown the route by 10 yards, Ochoa still scores as he had no one around him. That play came on 1st and 10 at the 50 yard line on Iowa's second possession after Purdue scored on their first possession, taking over at the Iowa 48 after a poor punt by Bradley (theme warning). Iowa had to punt two plays later.

The Hawks then held Purdue to a three and out and got the ball in great field position on their own 48 yard line.

Iowa marched down to the Purdue 13 yard line where they had a first and 10. Fred Russell gained four yards on the next play, but lost three on the ensuing play after catching a Nathan Chandler pass and the officials ruled that his knee was down.

On third and nine, Chandler hit Mo Brown on a slant play for a touchdown.


Iowa was called for not enough men on the line of scrimmage, taking the touchdown off the board.

Kirk Ferentz said in his press conference this week that the fact that Iowa was getting a lot of penalties was not the biggest concern, rather it seemed like when Iowa has been called for penalties, it has taken big plays off of the board.

That was the case here.

After being held on the next play, Nate Kaeding missed a 34 yard field goal and Iowa came away with nothing.

The Boilermakers came back and made Iowa pay, as they marched the ball down to the Iowa 28 yard line before Matt Roth was called for an offsides penalty prior to the snap on 3rd and 11 at the Purdue 32. The Boilermakers were unable to convert on 3rd and 6 and they made a 44-yard field goal, taking advantage of those five extra yards that Iowa gave them on the offsides penalty.

On Iowa's next drive, they had 2nd and nine on their own 26 and Chandler completed a five yard pass to Mo Brown, but Iowa was flagged for holding, moving them back to their own 16 yard line. Before the next play, Iowa was flagged for illegal procedure, making it 2nd and 24 from their own 11. Iowa was able to convert on 3rd and 18 when Chandler hooked up with Ramon Ochoa on a 30-yard gainer, with Ochoa breaking a tackle just shy of the first down marker and picking up the extra yards.

With a first down at their own 47 yard line, Chandler again overthrew an open receiver, this time just missing with Calvin Davis on the Boilermaker 15-yard line. It hit Davis' fingertips, but the Hawkeyes missed another golden opportunity on a play action play.

Iowa was unable to do anything after that, and they were forced to punt and Bradley kicked the ball into the end zone.

The Iowa defense again held Purdue to a three and out and Iowa took over at their own 36.

On the first play, Purdue sacked Nathan Chandler for an eight yard loss and Chandler had to leave the game after getting the wind knocked out of him.

In the first half, Sam Aiello was beaten early and often by Boilermaker defensive end Sean Phillips.

Drew Tate came in and picked up seven yards on a run on 2nd and 18 but the Boilers blitzed on third down and his pass to Edgar Cervantes was wide of the mark.

David Bradley came on to punt and shanked a 24 yarder and Purdue took over on their own 41.

Iowa's defense held again, and forced a Purdue punt. They downed the ball at the Iowa three yard line.

The Hawkeyes did nothing on three plays and after two Purdue time outs, Iowa punted to the Boilers and Bradley kicked a low and short line drive that Purdue returned to the Iowa 25 yard line.

Purdue made a 42 yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Unofficially in the first half, each team had six first downs. Purdue held a 132 to 95 advantage in total offense and a 76 to 32 advantage on the ground. Nathan Chandler was sacked twice and Kyle Orton did not get sacked in the first half.

Iowa played a lot of nickel and dime defense in the first half, rushing just three and four linemen on most plays.

And in the second half, the song remained the same.

Iowa, not normally a blitzing team, was caught in a blitz call, dropping Matt Neubauer back into coverage and he was unable to stay with Purdue's tight end. Kyle Orton saw this and called an audible, and 46 yards later, it was Purdue 20, Iowa 0.

On Iowa's next drive, they converted on a 3rd and seven after a 12 yard run by Chandler….


Holding on Iowa's Robert Gallery.

Iowa was unable to convert on 3rd and long, with Chandler throwing a flat fade route to his receiver that was overthrown by a good ten yards.

The Hawkeyes were able to put two impressive drives together late in the third quarter and in the fourth quarter.

Jermelle Lewis had another solid game, gaining 57 yards on seven carries.

Nathan Chandler, though not solid on his deep routes, was a respectable 16 of 29 for 203 yards and a touchdown. He had a late interception when Iowa was running its two-minute offense.

Purdue running back Jerod Void became the first back to gain more than 100 yards on Iowa this season.

Iowa's lone turnover was the aforementioned Chandler interception, so the Hawkeyes did not lose this game because of that.

Iowa lost this game because they were not able to execute their play action game plan, which was solid, and their special teams let them down again on the road for the third time in Big Ten play.

It was nice to see Chandler and Mo Brown hook up eight times for 126 yards and the way the Hawkeye offense responded in the second half certainly gives them something to build on in the final two games of the season.

One other note: Pete McMahon replaced Sam Aiello at right tackle on at least the final Iowa drive of the game, and it looked like David Walker was in at right guard.

And oh by the way: Purdue has a great football team.


The Hawkeyes have started on offense 50 of its last 52 games and 52 of 58 times under Kirk Ferentz.

When PK Nate Kaeding missed a 34-yard field goal (wide right) in the first period, it marked his first missed field goal this season. Kaeding had made 11 straight to start the year and he has made 29-30 PATs (the miss was blocked by Penn State). Kaeding has made 58-71 career FG attempts and 155-158 PATs. He is Iowa's career scoring leader with 335 points, including 329 kicking points.

Robert Gallery has started in 41 consecutive games, the best among offensive linemen in the Big Ten.

Senior OLB Fred Lewis started for the first time in his career. Iowa's defense had held its last seven opponents to under 75 rushing yards. Buffalo, in the second game of the season, was previously the only Iowa opponent to rush for over 100 yards against Iowa this season.

The 27 points scored by Purdue ties the highest total allowed by Iowa this season. Michigan scored 27 points in a 30-27 loss in Iowa City.

WR Maurice Brown returned to action last week after missing five games. After having two receptions in the win over Illinois, Brown vs. Purdue had a career-high eight catches for 126 yards. He had a touchdown reception in the first half called back due to an Iowa penalty. Brown had at least 100 receiving yards for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career.

Iowa failed to score in the first half for the first time in 24 games, dating back to a 17-14 loss at Iowa State on 11/24/01. Iowa trailed 14-0 at halftime in that contest. Iowa previously had scored points in every half this season and in every half of all 13 games last season.

DT Jared Clauss missed his second straight game after being injured in the second half of the Penn State game, and DT Jonathan Babineaux is out for the season after being injured at Ohio State. OLB Grant Steen, who was also injured vs. Penn State and missed the Illinois game, played only to snap on Iowa's field goal and PAT attempts. Prior to last week, Steen had started 33 straight games and played in all 45 games of his career. Clauss had started 21 straight and 23 in his career. He had played in all 45 games of his career.

The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 91-15 in the second quarter and 81-28 in the third quarter this year. Iowa had allowed just 14 points in the third quarter in its first nine games before Purdue scored 14 in the third quarter.

QB Nathan Chandler completed 16-29 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown, and he scored on a three-yard run. Chandler has thrown at least one touchdown pass in nine of Iowa's 10 games. His season total of 1,594 yards ranks 17th-best for a single season at Iowa.

RB Fred Russell finished the game with 35 yards rushing on 18 attempts. For the season, he has rushed 235 times for 1,045 yards, becoming only the third Hawkeye running back to rush for 1,000 yards or more in more than one season. His career totals include 467 carries for 2,450 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ranks sixth in career rushing yards and his 1,045 yards this year ranks 10th-best for a single season.

RB Jermelle Lewis had his best game since returning from off-season knee surgery. Lewis rushed seven times for 56 yards and had an eight-yard scoring reception.

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