Did impromptu bus trip lead to Iowa's sluggish start?

Andrew Logue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Travel snags had nothing to do with Iowa's sluggish start Saturday.

Iowa football players prepare for a bus trip to Purdue on Friday.

At least that's what linebacker Quinton Alston said after the Hawkeyes took a 5½-hour bus ride to Purdue.

"I took a bus to every high school game," Alston said after making six tackles against the Boilermakers. "So it wasn't a big deal to me."

A fire Friday at an air-traffic control center in Aurora, Ill., grounded hundreds of planes, and led to the cancellation of Iowa's flight from Cedar Rapids to West Lafayette, Ind.

The Hawkeyes arrived around 8:30 p.m. Friday for Saturday's noon (ET) kickoff.

"We got here a little late, so they adjusted meetings a little bit," Alston said. "On the bus, it was a great time.

"Linebackers decided to sit together, watch a little bit of film. We just communicate, talk about what we see from (the Purdue) offense."

The defense was stellar in a 24-10 win, allowing 156 total yards and nine first downs.

"When we got out here, I felt like we were all on the same page," Alston said. "So I feel like it played out well for us."

The Hawkeyes planned to fly back to Iowa City.