Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wadley rushes for 170 yards and Iowa tops Purdue 49-35

 Iowa scored touchdowns on five of its six opening-half possessions and defeated Purdue 49-35 on Saturday, winning its school-record ninth consecutive road game.
The Hawkeyes (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) broke the former school record of eight consecutive road victories set from 1920-23. Of the nine consecutive road triumphs, eight have been against Big Ten opponents.
Iowa, 3-0 this season in Big Ten road games, completely dominated the first two quarters, running 41 plays for 397 yards, successfully converting 7 of 8 third-down opportunities.
Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard ran 16 yards for one touchdown and passed 42 yards to wide receiverRiley McCarron for another first-half TD.
Running back LeShun Daniels ran 1 and 4 yards for Iowa touchdowns, and Akrum Wadley added a 75-yard TD run with 1:18 remaining in the second quarter, giving the Hawkeyes a 35-7 lead through 30 minutes.
Purdue's David Blough threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brycen Hopkins and a 53-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cole Herdman, trimming the Iowa lead to 35-14. Beathard countered with a 5-yard TD pass toNoah Fant, giving the Hawkeyes a 42-14 advantage.
Blough's 7-yard touchdown pass to Bilal Marshall with 8:40 remaining pulled the Boilermakers (3-3, 1-2) to within 42-21, and his 54-yard TD pass to DeAngelo Yancey with 5:36 left cut the deficit to 42-28.
Iowa cornerback Desmond King's 41-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:44 remaining capped the Iowa scoring before Blough threw his fifth TD pass - a 37-yarder to Hopkins - with 17 seconds left.
Blough finished 30 of 60 for 458 yards.
TAKEAWAYS:
IOWA: The Hawkeyes had two backs each rush for more than 100 yards in the same game for the first time since 2008 (Wadley, 180 yards; Daniels, 146).
PURDUE: The Boilermakers, winners at Illinois last week, now are 0-9 in the next game following a victory during coach Darrell Hazell's four seasons at Purdue.
UP NEXT:
Iowa: Hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.
Purdue: Visits Nebraska n Saturday.

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