Iowa dropped its home finale 24-15 against Purdue on Satuday at Kinnick Stadium.
The Hawkeyes (6-5, 3-5 Big Ten) are jostling for bowl positioning, while Purdue (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) needs just one victory to keep alive its bowl hopes. Iowa had won four games in a row against the Boilermakers. Last year, the Hawkeyes won 49-35 at West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue leads the all-time series 47-38-3.
It’s senior day for the Hawkeyes, who wave goodbye to 18 seniors.
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Iowa-Purdue live updates, score
0:00 (END) — Purdue beats Iowa 24-15.
13:48 (4Q) — Finally with the wind behind it, Iowa takes over at its 17. The opportunities are dwindling for the Hawkeyes.
11:59 (3Q) — After Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette dropped a sure first-down pass, the Hawkeyes were forced to punt into the wind. Colten Rastetter’s 20-yard kick put Purdue at the 50. On the first play, quarterback Elijah Sindelar hit Anthony Mahoungou on a 35-yard pass on new cornerback Michael Ojemudia. Two plays later on cornerback Matt Hankins, Anthony Mahoungou hauled in another touchdown pass. Purdue leads 21-9.
14:03 (3Q) — Purdue took the ball and Iowa chose to kick into the wind to start the second half. The Hawkeyes’ strategy backfired horrifically. Purdue targeted cornerback Manny Rugamba, who gave up three big passes to wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou. The first went for 11 yards. On the second play, Rugamba was hit for pass interference. Then Mahoungou caught a 14-yard slant on Rugamba and got deep for a 42-yard touchdown. After the extra point, Purdue leads 14-9.
6:07 (2Q) — The Iowa offense found its mojo after the safety. Five straight runs to the right. A big fourth down throw into a tight window from Stanley and it’s capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Akrum Wadley. Hawkeyes lead 9-7.
10:44 (2Q) — The Hawkeyes are on the board. A safety by defensive tackle Nathan Bazata makes it a 7-2 lead for Purdue.
4:56 (1Q) — The Hawkeyes get a 16-yard reception from tight end T.J. Hockenson, but nothing else. Quarterback Nate Stanley was drilled on a third down blitz. He’ll feel that hit tomorrow morning. Iowa punts and Purdue has the ball at midfield. This isn’t a worse case scenario kind of start for the Hawkeyes, but it’s not that far off.
8:01 (1Q) — The roughing the punter penalty comes back to haunt the Hawkeyes. Purdue caps off a 16-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver. D.J. Knox. The Boilermakers lead 7-0.
11:32 (1Q) — A sack by A.J. Epenesa forced a Purdue punt, but a roughing the kicker penalty extends the drive.
14:05 (1Q) — The first series for Iowa is three-and-out. A dropped pass, followed by a 4-yard run and an incomplete pass.
Iowa-Purdue pregame updates
2:38 pm — Iowa won the toss and will receive the football.
2:33 pm — The biggest senior day ovations were for Josey Jewell, Matt VandeBerg and Akrum Wadley. No real surprise there. Those were the three stars of this class.
2:21 pm — The senior day festivities are beginning. Iowa will honor the seniors playing their final game in Kinnick Stadium before the game today.
2:06 pm — Iowa is concluding pregame warmpus. It doesn’t look like there are any major updates. Safety Amani Hooker isn’t likely to play, but that was expected.
1:46 pm — On the pregame radio show, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said three bowls are really showing interest in the Hawkeyes. They are the Holiday, Pinstripe and Music City bowls.
1:30 pm (CT) — This could be an interesting day from a weather standpoint. It is currently 42 degrees with 19 miles per hour. The temperature is expected to stay in the low 40s or high 30s and the wind isn’t expected to die down. It will be interesting to see if it impacts the kicking game.
Iowa-Purdue game time, information
Iowa and Purdue play at 3:40 p.m. ET/2:40 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 18.
- Time: 3:40 p.m. ET/2:40 p.m. CT kickoff
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
- Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
- Weather: 40 degrees, partly cloudy with northwest winds of 25 m.p.h.
- The line: Iowa -8.5
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Purdue?
BTN televises the 88th meeting between the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers. Kevin Kugler calls play-by-play, Matt Millen provides analysis and Lisa Byington patrols the sidelines.
How can I watch Iowa-Purdue online?
BTN.com and the BTN2GO app provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Purdue on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius 135/XM channel 196. For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Purdue radio coverage, Tim Newton, Pete Quinn and Kelly Kitchel call the action. Purdue’s flagship station is 96.5 FM (WAZY-Lafayette). Click here for other Purdue affiliates.
The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.
Purdue has spent much of the last decade pulling up the rear in the Big Ten standings. The Boilermakers usually have a few talented pieces but often struggle to put together consistent efforts on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
This year, Purdue hired offensive guru Jeff Brohm as head coach. While the Boilermakers’ offense has improved, their defense has made incredible strides. Last year, Purdue gave up more than 38 points a game. This year, it’s around 19. It allowed 35 rushing touchdowns last year. This year only 9. The yards per carry allowed is down from 5.25 to 3.7. Purdue’s last three opponents have failed to crack 100 rushing yards.
It’s quite a turnaround.
“To me the real story is their defensive improvement because they haven’t been good enough on defense to win consistently and they’re playing really at a high level right now,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “But [the] most important stat is points given up, and they’re not giving up a lot, so they’re doing really well there. Their rush defense is much, much better, much improved. And I think the biggest thing is their whole team is multiple. You look at them offensively, defensively and special teams wise, you have to prepare for a lot of things. They’re very diverse. You’re not sure what you’re going to get your week, but they’re very, very diverse that way.”
Statistically, Purdue actually has better defensive numbers than Iowa. The Boilermakers give up just 139.4 rushing yards per game, compared to 157.3 for Iowa. The teams are nearly identical in total defense and scoring defense.
But Purdue has struggled offensively while losing four of its last five games. Only twice have the Boilermakers scored more than 13 points. Quarterback David Blough suffered a season-ending injury, while has forced Elijah Sindelar into the spotlight.
Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson leads the nation in interceptions (7) and passes defended (23). Linebacker Josey Jewell leads the Big Ten with 104 tackles. Quarterback Nate Stanley struggled last week against Wisconsin, but has passed for 1,970 yards, 22 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions this year. Running back Akrum Wadley has 784 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.