WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Iowa gave Purdue a big dose of the ground game as the Hawkeyes rushed for a season-high 365 yards en route to a 49-35 win at Purdue on Saturday.
It’s the first time in several weeks that the Hawkeyes looked like the defending Big Ten West Champions.
Iowa (5-2, 3-1) jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead with rushing touchdowns by LeShun Daniels and C.J. Beathard, and a 42-yard touchdown catch by Riley McCarron.
The game of mix-n-match continued on the offensive line for a second week in a row. Cole Croston, who is slowed by an ankle injury had the day off, gave way to Indianola native Keegan Render.
Any glimmer of hope for Purdue was quickly dashed by Iowa’s running game. The Hawkeyes answered Purdue’s first score with an Akrum Wadley 75-yard touchdown run. The run gave Iowa the biggest lead of the game at halftime, 35-7.
In the second half, Purdue started stretching the field and scored four touchdowns, but with 1:44 remaining, Desmond King took his first interception of the season 40-yards to the end zone and put the game out of reach.
The Hawkeyes 49-35 victory gives Iowa its ninth straight road win.
Iowa will now play three Top 10 teams to finish the season, including a battle for the Heartland Trophy next Saturday vs. Wisconsin.