In a game where most people did not give Purdue a chance, the Boilers paved their own path.
Purdue is leaving Iowa with a 24 to 15 victory, pulling our record to 5-6, with one game left, the Bucket game.
Per usual, Purdue’s defense was stout, controlling the Iowa run game and limiting Nathan Stanley in the air as well. The defense had 6 sacks as well as an interception in this one. While the Boilermaker offense was not perfect, it did enough to secure the win.
Purdue jumped out to a quick 7-0 score early on, with a 16 play drive, a drive where we had to listen to Matt Millen from BTN rag on how bad our football team was.
After a few back and forth punts, the Hawkeyes forced a safety then scored shortly after that, making the score 9-7. A stretch of 5 or 6 game minutes where I thought it was going to doom us. But, as usual, our Boilermakers showed some fight.
After halftime was over, you could tell Jeff Brohm recognized that the corners across from Josh Jackson were not that talented. Elijah Sindelar and Anthony Mahoungou picked on them for two straight drives, where Mahoungou had 5 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns, pushing the lead to 21-9. From there on out, Josh Jackson shadowed the Frenchman, shutting him down.
Iowa’s offense was nothing really to write home about in this one. With a late score, about a minute left in the game, they scored a touchdown and then went for two. Which some are saying is a questionable call. After the failed conversion the lead was 24-15.
Iowa attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by Brycen Hopkins to secure a huge win.
One could argue this is the biggest win for the program since the Danny Hope era. This win pushes us on the brink of a bowl game. A show down next week against that school down south determines two things.
1. Who gets the bucket.
2. Who goes bowling.
It is officially #HateWeek.
Great win for the culture that Jeff Brohm is continuing to build. Boiler Up!
Elijah Sindelar: 22/37, 229 yards, 3 touchdowns
Markell Jones: 14 carries 74 yards
Anthony Mahoungou: 7 catches 135 yards, 2 touchdowns