West Lafayette, IN - - The Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0 B1G West) survive a pick 6 and Purdue (2-3, 0-1 B1G West) field goal to roar back with 24 unanswered points for a win in Big Ten road opener.
Iowa defense held Purdue to 157 total yards to give the offense the opportunity to overcome a 10 point deficit. The Hawkeyes pulled even before the half at 10-10, dispite miscues and drops on offense.
Iowa picked up their third straight road win at Purdue, as well as third straight win in Big Ten road openers, with the 24-10 win at Purdue.
Iowa won the explosive plays and turnovers over Purdue, and that is often a winning formula, especially for offensive coordinator Greg Davis.
The defense had four sacks and two interceptions by senior strong safety John Lowdermilk, as the Hawkeyes win back to back road games, fueled by solid defensive play in the second half for the second week in a row. Junior defensive end Nate Meier lead Iowa with six tackles, including two sacks.
Sophomore quarterback C.J. Beathard made his first career start as a Hawkeye, since junior Jake Rudock was out due to a hip injury. Iowa was also without senior running back Damon Bullock and sophomore wideout Matt VandeBerg.
Iowa ran the ball by committee, as senior Mark Weisman, redshirt freshman Jonathan Parker, sophomore LeShun Daniels and senior Jordan Canzeri all contributed in various ways by committee.
Iowa did have an early illegal procedure penalty, poor field position, drops and a costly pick 6 by Beathard. But, Iowa pushed through the inconsistencies to get back into the ball game.