Purdue at Iowa Postgame Notes

Nov. 10, 2012

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Purdue at Iowa Postgame Notes
November 10, 2012

Purdue kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired to beat Iowa, 27-24, at a sold out Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa fell to 2-4 in games decided by three points or fewer. The Hawkeyes entered today leading the nation in number of games decided by three points or fewer among FBS team.

PK Mike Meyer is 16-of-19 this season and 44-of-56 for his career in field goal attempts. Meyer made a 24-yard field goal and three PAT’s today. He extended his school record PAT streak to 78. Meyer, who ranks fifth in Iowa career scoring, increased his career scoring total to 229 points.

Iowa was 3-3 in the red zone, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal. The Hawkeyes have scored on 167 of the last 195 red-zone possessions (115 TDs and 53 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Purdue was 4-5 in the red zone, scored three touchdowns, converted a 36-yard field goal and missed a 20-yard field goal.

Iowa’s defense recovered a season-high three fumbles today, turning the Boilermaker miscues into 14 points. RB Damon Bullock scored his third touchdown of the season following DT Darian Cooper’s first career fumble recovery; while DB Micah Hyde returned a fumble recovery nine yards for a score in the third quarter. The Hawkeye defense has collected at least one takeaway in nine-of-10 contests this season and 74 of its last 85 games, dating back to 2006. Iowa’s offense did not have a turnover today.

LB James Morris was credited with double-digit tackles for the sixth time this season. Morris had 10 stops today, which moved him up Iowa’s career tackle chart to 17th. Micah Hyde (11) and Christian Kirksey (10) also recorded double-digit tackles.

DB Micah Hyde returned a fumble recovery nine yards in the third quarter, his third career score. Hyde had interception returns for touchdowns of 72 yards (vs. Missouri) and 66 yards (Michigan State) in 2010. The fumble return for a touchdown is Iowa’s first since Bob Sanders in 2003 (3 yards vs. Illinois). Hyde finished the game with a team-high 11 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up. The fumble recovery is Hyde’s second of the season.

TE Zach Derby finished today’s game with a career-high four receptions for a career-best 38 yards. Derby added a career-best 26-yard reception in the first quarter. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz caught his first touchdown of the season, a 5-yard score in the third quarter. Fiedorowicz finished today’s contest with four catches for 17 yards.

Junior LG Conor Boffeli earned his first career start of the year at left guard. Boffeli becomes the 15th different Hawkeye to earn a start this season.

James Vandenberg finished with 190 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-36 passing. He added a career-high 31 yards rushing on eight attempts. His 21-yard rush on Iowa’s final drive was a career long.

Iowa has sold out Kinnick Stadium 61 of the last 63 games, including all six games this year.

P Connor Kornbrath punted six times for 244 yards (40.7 avg.). The true freshman had a 52-yard punt in the third quarter, matching his career long, which he established last week at Indiana.

Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. The Hawkeyes have started on defense seven times this season. The Hawkeyes have started on offense in 142-of-172 games. Iowa is 16-14 in the games it has started on defense under Ferentz.

Iowa did not score on its opening possession. The Hawkeyes have failed to score on their opening possession four times this season. Purdue did not score on its opening drive. The Boilermakers are the fifth Hawkeye opponent not to score on their first possession this year. Iowa snapped Purdue’s four-game streak of scoring on its first drive.

Instant replay was used four times today.
1) A Purdue pass ruled incomplete was overturned after replay in the second quarter. After review, the officials determined the pass was a backwards pass and recovered by Iowa’s Christian Kirksey; his fifth career fumble recovery and second in as many weeks.
2) A Purdue touchdown pass was upheld following replay in the second period.
3) Iowa challenged the spot of the ball, which gave Purdue a first down in the second quarter.
4) A Purdue fumble that Iowa recovered was overturned following replay in the fourth period. Replay showed the Purdue player was down before the fumble.

Iowa will play its road finale next week at Michigan. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. (CT) at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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