By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Athletics Writer
IOWA City, Iowa (AP) — Iowa scarcely acknowledged profitable the Large Ten West.
The Hawkeyes have a lot greater objectives.
C.J. Beathard threw 3 landing passes and No. 6 Iowa clinched a share of the West title and a place in the Big Ten championship recreation with a 40-20 win more than Purdue on Saturday.
LeShun Daniels Jr. ran for two TDs for the Hawkeyes (eleven-, 7- Huge 10, No. 5 CFP), who’ll play at Nebraska subsequent week in search of their very first twelve- standard period — just a year after finishing 7-6.
“To me, it is just a issue of us concentrating a tiny little bit tougher. Performing a minor little bit much better,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “But in the end it comes to all people doing a much better work.”
Iowa let Purdue get within 20-13 in the third quarter. But Beathard’s 22-property TD pass to Henry Krieger-Coble with eight:forty still left sealed however yet another victory for the Hawkeyes, who dashed off the area rather than rejoice soon after the final whistle with a trip to Nebraska just 6 times absent.
Austin Appleby experienced 259 yards passing to direct Purdue (2-nine, one-six), which will engage in for the Aged Oaken Bucket up coming 7 days in opposition to Indiana.
There “are circumstances when you might be enjoying a excellent football staff that you have to be appropriate on level. Naturally, we did not do that,” Purdue coach Darrell Hazell stated.
The very first winter season storm of the time dumped about 8 inches of snow on Iowa Town overnight. The skies cleared by kickoff, but the temperatures remained in the lower 20s with wind gusts that created it really feel closer to zero levels.
The problems seemed excellent for the run-weighty, defensive-minded Hawkeyes.
But as soon as once again, it was Beathard who made the plays that aided preserve Iowa unbeaten.
Daniels opened the scoring with a two-lawn TD. He then went thirteen yards to give Iowa a fourteen- lead in the first quarter, and Beathard’s 7-property TD pass to Matt VandeBerg made it 20-.
But Iowa went into a brief funk — and Purdue received likely following commencing quarterback David Blough went out with an obvious head injuries.
The Boilermakers closed to 20-thirteen by halftime on a one-lawn TD by Markell Jones and two quick discipline ambitions by Paul Griggs.
Jones experienced 87 yards rushing for the Boilermakers.
Beathard manufactured Purdue pay for a variety of missed options although, obtaining George Kittle for a 35-yard TD move and a 27-13 guide late in the third. Beathard finished with 213 yards passing and tied a season large for landing passes in the worst conditions Iowa had noticed all year.
Senior Jordan Canzeri, in his last have at Kinnick Stadium, ran for a forty two-property landing with 2:twelve left that kicked off a celebration in Iowa Metropolis, with enthusiasts chanting “Let’s Go Hawks!”
“Really a fitting stop,” Ferentz said. “A excellent moment for him. A male who has gone by means of a lot, and he is been a robust chief. A very good leader.”
Now the Hawkeyes — picked to finish in the middle of the West by almost pundit in August — are just two victories absent from a feasible playoff berth.
“It truly is definitely a working day I will carry (with me) for the relaxation of my existence,” Iowa center Austin Blythe explained.
Following up for Iowa is a day on the street Friday with the rival Cornhuskers, a recreation that now indicates almost nothing at all in the league standings but everything as much as the playoffs are anxious.
“We haven’t seemed in advance to any game titles. There have been opportunities to with all the outdoors sounds,” Beathard mentioned. “We want to win each and every recreation this season…and we are concentrated on Nebraska.”
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