Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Ross Ade Stadium West Lafayette
Logo Iowa Hawkeyes
VS
Logo Purdue Boilermakers
41.5
OPENER
-5.5

42o -105
CURRENT
-3.5 +101

+105
MONEYLINE
-125

24
SCORE
3

Still in control of its destiny in the Big Ten West, Purdue spent its bye week doing far more regrouping than reflecting on what could lie ahead.

What is at stake beyond Saturday's visit from Iowa in West Lafayette, Ind.?

Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm urges players not to bother.

"I think we can't concern ourselves with anything at the end of the tunnel," Brohm said. "That's when you get caught looking down a road and don't prepare as hard as you can."

Should the Boilermakers (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) defeat Iowa (4-4, 2-3), they'd set up a huge division clash at resurgent Illinois the following week. To get there, Purdue must play more efficiently on offense than the most recent time out, a 35-24 loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 22 that snapped a four-game winning streak.

Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell eclipsed 300 yards for the third straight game while passing for a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions.

"I think we're all disappointed in the turnovers," Brohm said. "Aidan was disappointed. We talked about it after, and he's still angry about it. You know, it happens. You learn from it and move on."

The Hawkeyes recovered from the roughest stretch of their season to date, routing Northwestern 33-13 last week to stop a three-game skid.

Spencer Petras threw for 220 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, and Drew Stevens kicked four field goals. Iowa limited Northwestern to 177 total yards, including 18 rushing yards on 37 attempts, while notching a season high in points and yards (398).

"Probably the biggest step forward was on offense; that was really good to see," Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said. "The best we've played together this season so far. The defense gave another good effort out there, and special teams, for the most part, were pretty good."

Purdue has won the past two meetings to take a 50-39-3 lead in the all-time series.

"We haven't had much success the last couple outings against them, so that's a goal of ours, to try to change that," Ferentz said.

Brohm is 4-1 against Iowa in his career.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Iowa Hawkeyes
18
22
Purdue Boilermakers

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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers

Aidan O'Connell hit wideout David Bell for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2:15 remaining to give Purdue a 24-20 win over Iowa in the Big Ten and season opener for both teams on Saturday at Purdue.

It was the third touchdown pass of the day from O'Connell to Bell, who both finished with big days. O'Connell finished 31-of-50 passing for 282 yards and three touchdown passes, all of those to Bell, who finished with 13 receptions for 121 yards.

The score was set up after Purdue (1-0) recovered an Iowa fumble at the Purdue 28-yard line with 6:00 remaining.

Purdue opened the scoring with 7:07 left in the first quarter on a 9-yard touchdown pass from O'Connell to Bell that gave the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead.

Iowa (0-1) responded, tying the game at 7-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Spencer Petras and then taking a 14-7 lead with 4:42 left until halftime on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Mekhi Sargent.

Purdue tied the game at 14-14 with 1:40 left in the half on an 11-yard touchdown pass from O'Connell to Bell, but Iowa took a 17-14 lead at halftime when Keith Duncan made a 27-yard field goal as time expired to end the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Iowa took a 20-14 lead with 13:12 remaining on Duncan's 33-yard field goal.

Purdue cut Iowa's lead back to three at 20-17 with 8:23 left on a 29-yard field goal by J.D. Dellinger.

Running back Zander Horvath ran for 129 yards on 21 carries for Purdue.

Petras finished 22-of-39 passing for 265 yards and Tyler Goodson ran for 77 yards on 16 carries for Iowa.

The Boilermakers won despite the absence of head coach Jeff Brohm and top receiver Rondale Moore. Brohm confirmed Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was replaced on the sideline in the head role by younger brother and Purdue co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Brohm.

Moore, a junior, didn't play following a Friday press release from Purdue that addressed his status but didn't provide a reason for his absence.

--Field Level Media

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