Turnovers costly in Purdue's 26-20 loss at No. 23 Iowa

Mike Carmin
Journal & Courier

IOWA CITY – The momentum was on Purdue’s side.

The Boilermakers had scored at the end of the first half, cutting Iowa’s three field goal advantage to two points. Purdue was set to receive the second-half kickoff and coach Jeff Brohm’s magic over the Hawkeyes appeared ready to continue.

And the Boilermakers did move the ball to start the second half. Quarterback Jack Plummer and freshman receiver David Bell were playing pitch and catch, moving into Iowa territory.

However, that’s where the momentum stopped.

Oct 19, 2019; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Matt Hankins (8) and defensive back Jack Koerner (28) tackle Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver David Bell (3) during the second quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Plummer underthrew Bell and cornerback Riley Moss picked off the redshirt freshman and the Hawkeyes took full advantage, scoring on the ensuing drive en route to a 26-20 victory at Kinnick Stadium.

Purdue pulled within 9-7 late in the second quarter when Plummer hit Bell on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds before halftime. Bell had four catches for 64 yards on the TD drive. He finished with 13 catches for 197 yards – his third 100-yard receiving game in the last four.

The defense kept the Hawkeyes out of the end zone, except for Tyler Goodson 1-yard run in the third quarter. Iowa’s Keith Duncan hit four field goals, including three in the first half. He added a 38-yarder early in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 19-7.

Dedrick Mackey came up with an interception midway through the fourth quarter but was knocked out of bounds at the 9-yard line. However, Purdue's offense lost one yard on three plays and Brohm elected to kick a field goal. J.D. Dellinger's 27-yard field goal brought the Boilermakers within 19-10. 

Dellinger added a 32-yard field goal with 2:59 to play, bringing Purdue within 19-13. 

Brohm, though, elected to attempt an onside kick, which the Hawkeyes recovered. Two plays later, Iowa scored a touchdown to all but seal the victory. 


Plummer’s interception on the first drive of the second half. The ball was underthrown when David Bell had a step on cornerback Riley Moss. The Hawkeyes proceeded to march 72 yards in nine plays and extend the lead to 16-7 with 7:26 left in the third quarter.


Trailing 6-0, the offense finally was moving, and Plummer had time in the pocket. The Boilermakers stepped into the red zone for the first time when Plummer hit Amad Anderson, Jr., but the redshirt freshman had the ball taken away at the 7-yard line. Missed opportunity for the Boilermakers.


Running back Richie Worship was in the backfield on the first play for the offense. Worship had one carry for 3 yards. … Receiver Jared Sparks saw action for the first time since the Sept. 7 win against Vanderbilt. He caught three passes for 17 yards… Defensive lineman Anthony Watts was part of the rotation two weeks after suffering an elbow injury against Penn State.


The defensive coaching staff moved junior Semisi Fakasiieiki to linebacker from the Leo position (defensive end/linebacker). Fakasiieiki was used when the Boilermakers played three linebackers. … The Hawkeyes went after cornerback Cory Trice one week after the redshirt freshman had two interceptions against Maryland. Trice gave up three big plays and was replaced by Dedrick Mackey. Trice did return later in the first half.


Freshman Jalen Graham ran off the field holding his hip/back late in the third quarter.