Aidan O’Connell threw for 375 yards and had three total touchdowns and David Bell had 240 yards receiving as Purdue ruined another team’s championship aspirations beating No. 2 Iowa 24-7 and snapping the Hawkeyes’ 12-game winning streak.

The Boilermakers have made a habit of beating teams ranked second in the polls.  Purdue beat Ohio State 48-20 in 2018 as a three-touchdown underdog when the Buckeyes were ranked No. 2, a loss that ultimately kept them out of the College Football Playoff.

The Boilermakers opened the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run by O’Connell. Iowa scored the equalizer with an Iowa three-yard touchdown run by O’Connell. Purdue took control of the game 19 seconds prior to halftime, thanks to a TJ Steele 3-yard touchdown catch.

Iowa came into the game as the country’s leader in turnovers. Their offense was also the most successful in terms of turnover margin. 

The Hawkeyes gained six yards in the third quarter and its defense which had given up an average of only 274 yards before this game, surrendered 464 to Purdue. Iowa had just 271 yards in offense. Four turnovers were caused by four interceptions by Spencer Petras (who was also sacked four other times).

Bell, who had 11 catches on Saturday, continued to his run of success against Iowa and his 21-yard over-the-shoulder TD catch early in the fourth quarter provided the final scoring margin.

In 2019, Bell had 13 catches for 197 yards and one touchdown and in last year’s victory over the Hawkeyes, he had 121 yards receiving and three touchdowns. 

Iowa isn’t as certain as it thought, due to its inability to score easy points through turnovers and offensive problems. The Hawkeyes are off next week and then hit the road for games at Wisconsin and Northwestern and close out the season with contests against Minnesota, Illinois and Nebraska.

Source: USAToday.com

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