Hawks Blow Out Purdue, 47-17

The Iowa Hawkeyes were hoping to get their offense on track this week against one of the worst defensive teams in the nation. Mission accomplished, as Iowa rolled up 539 yards on just 63 plays against Purdue and Damien Sims gained 155 yards rushing to become Iowa's first 100-yard rusher of the year in Iowa's 47-17 win.

Iowa has won 26 of its last 28 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season. The Hawkeyes' two losses came to Michigan (23-20 in overtime in 2005) and Ohio State (38-17 in 2006).

DB Adam Shada returned an interception a school-record 98 yards in the fourth quarter. The previous record was 94 yards set twice by Brad Quast vs. Kansas State (9/10/88) and Bobby Stearns vs. Minnesota (10/2/54). Purdue's Rod Woodson holds the Kinnick Stadium record when he returned a pick 100 yards vs. Iowa (11/15/86). Shada's interception is his third of the season and sixth in his career.

Iowa was flagged for its first penalty in more then six quarters, when the Hawkeyes were penalized for an incidental face mask in the third quarter.

Iowa posted season highs in points (47), rushing yards (286), passing yards (253), total offense (539) and first downs (25).

Iowa improves its overall homecoming record to 51-39-5 and 6-10-1 against Purdue. The Hawkeyes have won their last seven homecoming games. Iowa has won the last three overall meetings against Purdue and four of the last five.

Today's 30-point win is Iowa's largest victory over Purdue since a 29-point triumph (38-9) in 1990. The 47 points are the most scored by Iowa against the Boilermakers since a 42-14 win in 1986 and the second-most ever, behind a 56-0 victory in 1986.

Purdue's 30-point margin of defeat was the highest suffered by a Purdue team since losing by 28 vs. Michigan on Oct. 25, 2003 (31-3).

Making their first career starts today for Iowa were RB Damian Sims, OLB A.J. Edds and SS Marcus Wilson. Edds replaced the injured Mike Humpal. He is the second true freshman to start this season for Iowa (WR Dominique Douglas). Edds finished the game with six tackles, including one for loss. Wilson registered six tackles and intercepted his first career pass. Sims replaced the injured Albert Young. Young had started the last 16 games at tailback for Iowa. Sims carried the ball 20 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The 155 yards is a career-high, besting his 104 yards in last year's game vs. Minnesota. Today marks the first game this season Iowa had a 100-yard rusher.

Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 77 of its last 85 games. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 79-of-91 games under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has started on offense in five of six games in 2006.

Iowa and Purdue both failed to score on their opening possession. Iowa has not scored on its first drive in six games. Three of Iowa's opponents (Syracuse, Iowa State and Ohio State) opened the game with touchdown drives.

QB Drew Tate completed 17-23 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Tate has now thrown for 6,858 career yards. He surpassed Matt Rodgers (6,725) to move into third in career passing at Iowa. The senior signal caller also moved past Rodgers (6,855) and into second in career total offense with 6,916 yards. He also moved into second in career pass completions with 552. Tate threw touchdown passes to TE Scott Chandler (4 yards) and FB Tom Busch (2 yards) today. He has thrown for two scores or more in 20 career games, including 17 of his last 22 dating back to 2004.

QB Drew Tate connected with WR Andy Brodell on a 52-yard pass play on the Hawkeyes' first drive. The pass play is Iowa's longest play from scrimmage this season. RB Damian Sims had a 36-yard run on Iowa's second possession. The run is Iowa's longest rush of the year. Iowa's second drive culminated with a Sims one-yard TD plunge. He later scored an eight-yard touchdown, his third score of the season and seventh of his career.

PK Kyle Schlicher made his 45th (39 yards) and 46th (27 yards) career field goals today. He passed Tom Nichol and now ranks third in career field goals made at Iowa. Schlicher now has 228 points and ranks fourth in career scoring at Iowa. Schlicher passed Tavian Banks and Zach Bromert today. Schlicher is 8-9 on field goals and 14-15 on PATs for 39 points this season.

FB Tom Busch caught a two-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Tate in the first quarter. The touchdown is his second of the year and third of his career.

Iowa's 14 points in the first quarter are the most its scored in the first quarter in six games. The previous high was seven in the opener vs. Montana.

SS Marcus Wilson intercepted his first career pass in the second quarter. Iowa converted the turnover into three points on a PK Kyle Schlicher 39-yard field goal.

Andy Fenstermaker, who is on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, kicked a season-long 53-yarder in the second quarter. He punted two times, averaging 47.5 yards.

Iowa used three centers today: Mike Elgin, Rafael Eubanks and Rob Bruggeman, after both Elgin and Eubanks left the game with injuries. Elgin returned to play the majority of the second half.

Iowa collected three interceptions today (Adam Shada, Charles Godfrey, Marcus Wilson). Wilson and Godfrey registered the first interceptions of their careers.

LB Mike Klinkenborg and DB Miguel Merrick led Iowa with 14 tackles. The 14 tackles are career highs for both student-athletes. Klinkenborg, who ranks ninth in the nation in tackles, has reached double figures in tackles in five of Iowa's six games. DB Charles Godfrey collected 12 tackles.

Today's attendance of 70,585 is Iowa's 21st-straight Kinnick Stadium sellout, dating back to 2003.

Iowa hits the road next week at Indiana (11:03 a.m.) in a game to be televised to a national cable audience in ESPN2.


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