The Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t get to enjoy their No. 2 ranking for very long, suffering a classic letdown upset to the Purdue Boilermakers.
After every big win, there’s always the danger of the letdown. Iowa didn’t heed the warnings.
The Hawkeyes moved up to No. 2 after getting a signature victory over Penn State last week. Then they underestimated Purdue and got burned…or boiled.
The Boilermakers shut down the Iowa offense while finding ways to put points on the board against a normally stout Hawkeye defense to get a 24-7 win.
Aiden O’Connell set the tone early with a rushing touchdown. He found TJ Sheffield for a touchdown before the half to give Purdue a touchdown lead at the break. They tacked on a field goal in the third quarter and would have had even more until they were foiled by fumbling the ball out of the endzone later in the period.
Every attempt the Hawkeyes made to get back into the game fell short. By the time O’Connell threw his second touchdown pass early in the fourth to put the Boilermakers up by 17, it was clearly over.
Defensively, Iowa had no answers for Purdue receiver David Bell, who caught 11 passes for 240 yards and a score.
College football media reacts to Purdue upsetting Iowa
For Twitter, the upset was very Iowa.
Purdue beating the No. 2 team is what Purdue does
Purdue improved to 4-2 with a game against Wisconsin coming up next.
Iowa will look to regroup with a bye before getting their own shot at the Badgers. Their destiny is still in their hands but the dream of a perfect season is over.