IOWA CITY — Purdue’s defense has used a variety of looks to frustrate opponents all season.
Iowa was no different, as the Boilermakers recorded 10 tackles for a loss and sacked quarterback Nate Stanley six times on the way to a 24-15 victory, their first at Kinnick Stadium since kicking a game-winning field goal in 2012.
Stanley, limited to 16 of 33 passing for 176 yards, said the Hawkeyes pretty much got what they expected from Purdue.
“They didn’t show us anything that we didn’t see or prepare for,’’ Stanley said. “It’s tough to prepare well for every single look that they have, especially when they have so many of them. They played super-well all day.’’
The Hawkeyes’ sophomore quarterback was frustrated by his second-half performance, which included an interception by the Boilermakers’ Navon Mosley that ended an 11-play drive at the Purdue 42-yard line.
“They came out and played harder than we did,’’ Stanley said. “They came out and executed better than we did.’’
GONE WITH THE WIND: Dealing with a strong northerly wind all day, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz chose to take the wind in the fourth quarter.
That was something that helped the Hawkeyes take a halftime lead in the second quarter but also allowed Purdue to surge ahead in the third quarter.
“That’s kind of a jump ball,’’ Ferentz said. “If you pick the right one or at least if you play well off of your decision, then you look like you did the right thing. If you don’t, you don’t.’’
The wind played havoc with the kicking game. Iowa punter Colten Rastetter averaged 29.7 yards on six punts and Purdue’s Joe Schopper averaged 31.8 on an equal number of tries but did impact field position with a 68-yard punt near the end of the third quarter from his 8-yard line.
ON THE RISE: With 78 yards on 22 carries, including a two-yard touchdown run, Akrum Wadley continued his climb up the Iowa career rushing charts.
The senior moved from ninth to sixth on Saturday, passing Owen Gill, Tony Stewart and Mark Weisman. Wadley now has 2,625 yards and is 135 yards behind Fred Russell who is in fifth on the Hawkeye career charts.
SILENT START: For the fifth time in 11 games, Iowa was held without a point in the first quarter.
The Hawkeyes have scored more than seven points in the opening quarter just once this season, putting 10 on the board in the first quarter of the 55-24 win over Ohio State.
HOLIDAY VISIT: The only bowl game in attendance at Kinnick Saturday was the Holiday Bowl.
The Hawkeyes’ bowl situation remains fluid, with results over the final week of the Big Ten season and the number of Big Ten teams earning spots in New Year’s six bowls impacting Iowa’s final destination.
Director of athletics Gary Barta said he is seeing the most interest from the Holiday, Music City, Pinstripe and Foster Farms bowls at this point.
It is likely the Hawkeyes will not learn their bowl destination until Dec. 3.