The Iowa Hawkeyes will be looking to halt a two-game losing streak when they host the Purdue Boilermakers at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The streak is overThe Boilermakers are just 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. They had dropped three in a row--to TCU, Minnesota, and Penn State--before hammering Maryland 40-14 this past Saturday. Senior quarterback Elijah Sindelar (978 yards, 9 TDs, 3 INTs) has been out with a broken collarbone that occurred against Minnesota (38-31 loss) on Sept. 28. Freshman Jack Plummer took his place against Minnesota and has had mixed results. He threw two TDs and two picks against Minnesota and then threw for just 119 yards against Penn State in a 35-7 loss.
However, Plummer broke out last week against Maryland and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after completing 33 of 41 passes for a career-high 420 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-5 freshman has thrown for 965 yards with seven TDs and four picks this season and has completed 59.4% of his passes. Wide receiver David Bell earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors as he hauled in a career-high nine passes for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Boilermakers racked up 547 total yards against the Terrapins.
On the injury front, wide receiver Rondale Moore will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury.
The key for Purdue will be on the defensive side as they are allowing a whopping 444.5 yards per game and 278 in the air. Iowa's offense has been held to 15 combined points over the last two weeks, but that was against elite defenses (Michigan, Penn State).
Dwelling in the cellarNo. 22 Iowa is looking to back on track after two difficult losses to Michigan on the road (10-3) and Penn State at home last week (17-12). The defense gave them a chance in both games, especially against a pretty dynamic PSU offense, holding them to just 294 total yards. They allowed 177 on the ground, but that was on 53 carries (3.3ypc). But the offense struggled, producing 356 yards and just 70 on the ground (2.3ypc). Quarterback Nate Stanley played well, completing 25 of 43 for 286 yards with one TD and one pick.
Iowa ranks fifth in the nation in yards allowed per game with 260.8 ypg and they are seventh against the pass (160ypg). Stanley has thrown for 1,511 yards this season with nine TDs and four picks (61.1%).
In injury news, the Hawkeyes lost offensive lineman Cole Banwart for the season, though leading tackler Kristian Welch is expected to return after missing last week's game.
The Purdue Boilermakers are:
- 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games
- 12-4-2 ATS in their last 18 road games against teams with winning home records
- 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games after passing for more than 280 yards in their previous game
The Iowa Hawkeyes are:
- 2-6 ATS in their last eight conference games
- 0-4 ATS in their last four home games against Purdue