Rob Report: Purdue

Senior Writer Rob Howe and his cast of thousands (well, maybe just Brian), traveled to Indiana Saturday to take in Iowa's impressive 34-17 victory against Purdue. The filed this report, which includes a list of who made the trip to West Lafayette, an injury report, who got reps on both lines, why Drew Tate threw his helmet and more in this weekly premium notebook.


TRAVELING MUSIC: Players that made the trip to West Lafayette - 1. Kyle Schlicher, 2. Herb Grigsby, 3. Drew Tate, 4. Andy Fenstermaker, 5. Ed Hinkel, 6. Cy Phillips, 7. Charles Godfrey, 8. Devan Moylan, 9. Miguel Merrick, 10. Jason Manson, 11. Chris Kuehl, 12. Chad Greenway, 13. Adam Shada, 14. Antwan Allen, 15. Albert Young, 16. Calvin Davis, 17. Marcus Schnoor, 18. Marcus Paschal, 19. Jovon Johnson, 20. Ed Miles, 21. Damian Sims, 22. Ryan Majerus, 23. Tom Busch, 24. Mike Klinkenborg, 25. C.J. Barkema, 26. Mike Humpal, 27. Shonn Greene, 28. Champ Davis, 29. Mitch King, 30. Sam Brownlee, 31. Mike Follett, 32. Zach Gabelmann, 34. Abdul Hodge, 35. Matt Kroul, 36. Mike Elgin, 37. Ben Cronin, 38. Brian Ferentz, 39. Dan Olszta, 40. Ryan Bain, 41. Seth Olsen, 42. Marshal Yanda, 43. David Walker, 44. Nate Roos, 45. Ben Gates, 46. Mike Jones, 47. Clint Huntrods, 48. Dace Richardson, 49. Andy Brodell, 50. Tony Moeaki, 51. Kennon Christian, 52. Brandon Myers, 53. Matt Melloy, 54. Scott Chandler, 55. Clinton Solomon, 56. Kenny Iwebema, 57. Ted Bentler, 58. Alex Kanellis, 59. Bryan Mattison, 60. Marques Simmons, 61. John Gallery, 62. Kevin Sherlock, 63. Clint Huntrods, 64. Tyler Bergan, 65. Ma'Quan Dawkins, 66. Sam Brownlee, 67. Paul Wilson, 68. Andrew Becker, 69. Rob Bruggeman, 70. Richie Williams, 71. Alex Willcox, 72. Bradley Fletcher.

Somehow, I came up with 72. I checked and rechecked myself and still found 72. Maybe Digger came up with a more accurate report he can issue.

I probably shouldn't do his job anyway.

BEING UP FRONT: Iowa started the same offensive line for the second straight week for just the second time this season. From left tackle to right tackle, they lined up as follows – Ben Gates, Mike Jones, Brian Ferentz, Mike Elgin and Marshal Yanda.

True to his word, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz continued his rotation at left tackle. True freshman Dace Richardson replaced Gates early in the second quarter and started the second half. Gates came in later in the third period and they rotated throughout.

Senior guard David Walker saw mop-up duty.

Iowa also started the same defensive line of Kenny Iwebema, Mitch King, Matt Kroul and Bryan Mattison for a third consecutive week. Alex Willcox, who missed last week's game with injury, returned to his role as the third defensive tackle.

True freshman Ryan Bain also played tackle, but didn't see as many reps as against Illinois.

Iowa also employed a 3-4 defensive alignment on some third and long situations with Mike Follet, Willcox and Iwebema down, and Mike Klinkenborg and Mike Humpal each working into the game at different times as the extra linebacker.

BAD BREAK: Iowa receiver and punt returner Ed Hinkel injured his right arm on a 43-yard catch late in the first quarter. Trainers placed his arm in a stabilizing cast, and we later learned it was broken. I saw Ed with his family as I was leaving the press conference. He looked down, but not out.

Matt Melloy replaced Hinkel in the lineup. Starting cornerback Jovon Johnson took Hinkel's place on punt returns. Hinkel returned to the sidelines in the second half with his arm in a sling.

In other injury news, cornerback Antwan Allen hurt his right leg defending a pass play with 10:49 second quarter. Adam Shada replaced him at the start of the next series before Allen returned to finish out Purdue's possession. Shada came back in on the next series, and Allen was out for the day.

Late in the game, safety Charles Godfrey left the field on a cart after injuring his left leg. Ferentz was unsure of the extent of the Allen and Godfrey injuries. We should know more by Tuesday's presser.

THIS AND THAT: *Coaches inserted Damien Sims into the game as the first running back after starter Albert Young. Sims came into the game in the second quarter, carried once for (-3) yards and that was the extent of his participation before the intermission. Sims and Young were the only tailbacks to see action in the first half.

Sims played in the first series of the second half. He carried three times for 5 yards. Young finished with 166 yards on 36 carries.

*Marcus Paschal and Charles Godfrey started at Iowa's safety positions on Saturday. Paschal missed last week's Illinois game with injury. The Hawkeyes opened the season with Paschal and Miguel Merrick at safety.

*You could tangibly see a different level of emotion on the Iowa sideline Saturday that was clearly missing from its first two road games at Iowa State and Ohio State. Linebacker Chad Greenway was charging up his teammates up and down the sidelines when the offense was on the field. Even when Purdue drove for a touchdown its opening drive, you could see the Hawkeye defenders with their heads up and in the game.

*After missing a wide open Clinton Solomon on a third and long midway through the second quarter, Iowa QB Drew Tate was visibly upset with himself as he ran to the sideline. He tore his helmet off and dropped in on the ground as he headed for the bench. There were no signs that he lost control, just healthy disappointment.

*On the third and five late in the first half, Drew Tate was forced to run out of bounds. Tight Ends Coach Eric Johnson stopped Scott Chandler as the offensive returned the sidelines in what appeared to be a discussion about a missed assignment. Chandler did perform his blocking assignments well from that point forward.

*On Dorien Bryant's TD catch late in the first half, Defensive Backs Coach Phil Parker met free safety Marcus Paschal as he left the field. The junior had coverage on the play, and the coach wasn't happy with it. Paschal pleaded his case for a minute or so before walking away clearly frustrated.

Paschal buckled down and broke up a pair of passes midway through the second half. *Iowa true freshman running back Shonn Greene did not participate in a game for the first time this season, not even finding his way on the field for special teams' duty. He injured his shoulder in last week's game against Illinois.

EXTRA POINTS: Tate and Purdue quarterback Brandon Kirsch combined to complete 30 of 41 first-half passes for 413 yards and three scores…the Ross-Ade turf seemed to be suffering as did the Kinnick Stadium sod earlier this season. Large divots were being kicked up throughout the game…members of the Florida Citrus Sports group attended the game. They represent the Capital One Bowl…Ferentz threw his head set after an illegal substitution penalty with Iowa having a third and goal late in the third quarter…the Ross-Ade scoreboard operators showed the replay of Ed Miles' fourth-quarter interception on the big screen. That violated a Big Ten rule, which prohibits replaying controversial plays to the crowd…late in the fourth quarter, a large contingent of Iowa fans in the south end zone fired up a Let's Go Hawks cheer. When Purdue snapped the ball into the end zone for what became a safety, it was in the south end with Iowa fans creating a lot of noise…Iowa started on defense for the first time in nine games…Solomon amassed at least 100 receiving yards for the sixth time in his career…Drew Tate celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday…Kicker Kyle Schlicher's missed field goal and extra point were the first misses of the season…Hawkeye opponents are 3 for 9 on field goal attempts this season…Iowa Corner Jovon Johnson recorded a career-high nine tackles…Iowa leads the Big Ten in fewest penalty yards and was whistled for just two for a total of 10 yards on Saturday.

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