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Iowa 24, Purdue 10

The Boilermakers gave up 24 unanswered points in Saturday's loss.

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

It could best be described by our own Travis Miller: if you like punting and inept offenses, today's game was for you.

The tide of the last two seasons seemed to be turning for the Boilermakers after Frankie Williams took a C.J. Beathard interception 39 yards to the house, giving Purdue a 7-0 Homecoming Day lead with only four minutes left in the first quarter. However the Boilermakers couldn't capitalize on the early momentum on an afternoon that saw Purdue go for just 72 yards through the air. A Paul Griggs field goal  early in the second quarter stretched the lead to 10-0 before Iowa rattled off 24 unanswered points, continuing a disturbing season trend of second half famine which has seen the team falter in the last 30 minutes of this year's games.

On the day, Purdue's two quarterbacks combined to complete just 41% of their passes and a failing GPA-like 2.0 yards per attempt, wasting what was a solid afternoon by the defense.

A victory today would have given the team its first back-to-back wins since Purdue rattled off three straight en route to a Heart of Dallas Bowl bid at the end of the 2012 season.

Purdue will try to put this one behind them before traveling to Champaign next week to take on Illinois at noon.