Rob Report: Purdue

Hn.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in from Kinnick with an injury report, a dressed list, statistical milestones, notes, quick hitters and observations from the press box.

ALL DRESSED UP: Iowa players who dressed for the Purdue game:

QB - Nelson, Christensen, Tate, Farnsworth, Manson, Stanzi.

RB - Busch, Brownlee, McLaughlin, CH. Davis, Brown, Sims, Greene, Williams

WR - Johnson-Koulianos, Bowman, Chaney, Stross, Christian, Douglas

TE - Chandler, Myers, Moeaki, Sabers. Blum, Majerus, Spading

OL - Ryther, Calloway, Eubanks, Dunn, Doering, Olsen, Meade, Jones, Postler, Vandervelde, Kuempel, Yanda, Elgin, Koeppel, Richardson, Aeschliman, Aumaitre

DL - King, Clayborn, Kanellis, Mahmens, Bain, Iwebema, Mattison, Collins, Jackson, McCracken, Mahmens Ewen, Cox

LB - Narinskiiy, Gablemann, Miles, Den Hartog, Peterson, Gattas, McGrath, Hunter, Angerer, Isrig, Johnson.

DB - Edwards, Tarpinian, Evans, Gardner, Dalton, Rowell, Fletcher, Tillison, Smith, Greenwood, , Shada, Godfrey, Merrick, Wilson

Special Teams - Murray, Signor, Schlicher, Olsztra, Huntrods, Fenstermaker, Donahue.

Note: There also was a No. 20 and a No. 30 (not Majerus) that I could not make out.

INJURY REPORT: Albert Young missed his first game since tearing his ACL against Iowa State in the second game of the 2004 season. The junior running back again has a knee injury. Damian Sims started in his place.

Marcus Paschal sat out the game with a hamstring injury. The senior was bothered earlier in the season by a shoulder injury.

Linebacker Mike Humpal didn't dress for the game. The junior has been hampered by knee injuries throughout his career.

Rafael Eubanks, who started the first four games at center, missed his second consecutive game with a knee injury. Mike Elgin opened his second straight game at center and Seth Olsen received his third start in a row, the last two at RG.

Eubanks came into the game in the second quarter when Elgin went to the sidelines with an injury to his eye. Eubanks was later replaced by Bruggeman after Rafael re-injured his left knee. Elgin returned to start the second half.

THROWN IN THE BOILER: With Paschal and Humpal on the sidelines, a pair of freshmen stepped into the fray against the high-powered Purdue offense. Redshirt freshman Marcus Wilson moved in at free safety and A.J. Edds took over at the Leo LB spot.

Edds is believed to be the first true freshman to start at linebacker for Iowa since Fred Barr in ‘99. Wilson intercepted a pass in the second quarter.

Sims also made his first start at running back. His 36-yard run in the first quarter represented the longest ground gain of the season for the Hawkeyes. He later ripped off a 44-yarder.

NICKELS FROM HEAVEN: All of the fans that complained last week that Iowa stuck with its base defense instead of using nickel against Ohio State got their wish on Saturday, and then some.

Iowa used a nickel with Bradley Fletcher replacing Edds on passing downs and also used a dime with Fletcher and Edwards stepping in for Edds and Klinkenborg when Purdue went to four wideouts.

Iowa obviously could handle the Boilers running game much easier with those packages than they could against Pittman and Wells for the Bucks.

While the Iowa coaches can be set in their ways, they also can adjust when needed. Remember last year when the young D-line was struggling, they installed a 3-4 set.

Late in the first half, Iowa had three down linemen - Iwebema, King and Mattison, one LB - Miles, and seven DBs on the field - Shada, Merrick, Godfrey, Wilson, Edwards, Fletcher and Dalton.

Purdue's second TD came against the dime package.

TIGHT SQUEEZE: Iowa employed a three-tight end set for the second time in as many weeks with Majerus, Chandler and Moeaki all on the field at the same time.

Last week, Iowa used the approach to help its running game. That set up a nice play to use against the Boilermakers.

Moeaki was sent in motion and ended up in the left slot. The Purdue LB assigned to him came on the blitz, leaving Tony wide open down the middle. Tate hit him for a 19-yard gain to the Boiler 2 that set up the short TD pass to Busch.

CIRCUS, CIRCUS: Dominique Douglas provided the highlight reel play of the day for Iowa hauling in a 37-yard pass on the first down play in the third quarter. The true freshman dove in Ed Hinkel fashion to bring in the ball and help the Hawkeyes escape from deep in their territory.

The play proved to be huge as Iowa had just given up a TD and followed up with a bobbled kickoff by Greene. Iowa went on to score a big touchdown on a four-yard pass from Tate to Chandler.

BOWLING BALL: Tom Busch caught two passes in the game and showed some FAC (Fiestiness After the Catch). On e a first down catch in the third quarter he was pushed out of bounds and road the tackler back onto the field for some extra contact.

Busch also had a de-cleating block on Justin Scott during a big fourth-quarter run by Greene.

COWBOY JOE: Purdue Coach Joe Tiller issued these zingers after the game:

-"I told (my team) that despite the score, we took a step forward last week, and this week we took another step – in reverse."

-"(On QB Matt Painter's performance) "Very average. He did some good things and he did some not so good things. Early in the game, he was unsettled, and I don't know why."

"I'm not surprised (the Hawkeyes) ran the ball, but the ease at which they ran the ball, and that's an understatement."

NUMBERS GAME: Statistical advancements from Saturday:

Tate threw for 253 yards to push his career total to 6,858, moving past Matt Rodgers (6,725) into third place on Iowa's all-time list.

Kyle Schlicher moved into third in career field goals with two on Saturday, passing Tom Nichol. Schlicher also past Tavian Banks and Zach Bromert to move into fourth on the Hawkeyes' all-time scoring list.

QUICK-HITTERS: Sims and Greene remained at KR despite Young being out and those guys receiving more PT at RB than normal. Greene was later replaced by Grigsby after bobbling a kick…Phil Parker ran on the field and screamed at Brodell for not catching a punt with 5:36 remaining in the second quarter…Brodell's 52-yard reception in the first quarter was the longest play for Iowa this year…Greene spelled Sims at RB for the first time early in the second quarter…On Purdue's opening drive of the second half, Norm Parker sent Godfrey on the on a corner blitz on third down. The pass was incomplete…A facemask penalty on Klinkenborg in the third quarter was the first charged infraction against the Hawkeyes since the Illinois game…Sims rushed for 101 yards in the first half, becoming the first Iowa back to reach the century mark this season…Sims lost two fumbles and Dana Brown lost another…Shada 98-yard INT return longest in Iowa history…Merrick and Klinkenborg led the Hawkeyes with 14 tackles apiece on Saturday.


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