Oct. 20, 2007
Purdue won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Iowa has started on offense in 91 of its last 100 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 93 of 106 contests under Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa has not scored on its opening drive in any of its eight games. Purdue scored a touchdown on its first possession. Three of Iowa’s opponents (Purdue — TD, Iowa State and Illinois — field goals) have scored on their first possession.
Senior LB Mike Klinkenborg returned to the starting line-up after missing Iowa’s last three games due to injury. DB Devan Moylan, WR Colin Sandeman, WR Trey Stross, WR Andy Brodell and TE Tony Moeaki did not play due to injury. DE Ken Iwebema did not play in the second half and OLB A.J. Edds left the game in the third period and did not return.
LB Mike Klinkenborg had his first career interception in the first period. The interception led to Iowa’s first points of the day, a 35-yard field goal by Daniel Murray. The senior finished the contest with seven tackles (six solo).
Daniel Murray connected on a 35-yard field goal in the first period and a 31-yarder in the third period. Murray made his only field goal (28 yards) attempt last week in the 10-6 win over Illinois and is now 5-7 on the season. This marks the second time this season the redshirt freshman has made two field goals in a game (at Wisconsin).
LB Mike Humpal, who was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after last week’s game vs. Illinois, registered a game-best nine tackles, including eight solo stops. Humpal has tallied double-digit tackles in four games this season, including the last three prior to the today’s game. He also had a pass break-up against the Boilermakers. Humpal had a career-best 18 tackles a week earlier in a win over Illinois.
Senior DB Adam Shada had the first forced fumble of his career in the second period, but Purdue maintained possession. Shada finished the game with six solo stops.
WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had six receptions for 57 yards and also had a 51-yard kickoff return. The six receptions matches a career high (vs. Indiana). He ended the day with three Kickoff returns for 84 yards.
WR James Cleveland had career bests in both receptions and yards. Cleveland ended the day with seven receptions for 101 yards. His previous bests included five receptions (Indiana) and 77 yards (Wisconsin).
Both teams had one interception in the game, with the Iowa turnover coming in the fourth quarter. Iowa scored three points following the interception by Mike Klinkenborg. Purdue did not score after intercepting an Iowa pass, but the Boilermakers collected a field goal following an Iowa fumble in the fourth quarter. The lost fumble was just Iowa’s fourth lost fumble in eight games.
QB Jake Christensen had thrown 111 consecutive passes since having a pass intercepted against Indiana. Christensen has just three interceptions this season.
FS Brett Greenwood matched a career high with seven tackles. The redshirt freshman also had seven tackles in the win over Illinois.
Instant Replay was not used in today’s contest.
Iowa returns home to host Michigan State next Saturday. Game time is 11:02 a.m. (ESPN2).