The Boilermakers have the ball at midfield to begin the second quarter.
Read more from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart on this game:
Player on the spot: Everyone on the Boilermaker defense. This unit has been a colossal disappointment, ranking 11th in scoring defense (30.2 ppg), 11th in total defense (419.8 ypg), 11th vs. the run (194.0 ypg), 10th vs. the pass (225.8 ypg). Enough said.
Key matchup: Purdue offense vs. Iowa defense. The Hawkeyes need their offense to produce, but that has been an issue all season for quarterback James Vandenberg and company. Iowa’s attack is No. 11 in the Big Ten (328.0 ypg) and No. 10 in scoring (20.4 ypg). Purdue’s defense is struggling, ranking 11th in the conference in scoring defense (30.2 ppg) and 11th in the total defense (419.8 ypg). The Hawkeye attack finally may take off vs. a Purdue defense that continually yields big plays in the passing game.
Key number: 5, losses in a row for Purdue. It’s the Boilers’ longest Big Ten losing streak since 2005. During this skein, coach Danny Hope’s team has lost three home games by a collective score of 116-26. Purdue has allowed 500-plus yards in three games this season.
Key note: The Hawkeyes have won six straight meetings vs. the Boilermakers in Kinnick Stadium, where Purdue’s last victory came by a 27-16 score in 1992. In those wins, Iowa has averaged 30.7 points.
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