Purdue at Iowa Postgame NotesNovember 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 numberof 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 fieldgoal and three PAT’s today. He extended his school record PAT streak to 78. Meyer, who ranks fifth in Iowa careerscoring, 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 last195 red-zone possessions (115 TDs and 53 FGs), dating back to the Michigan State game in 2008. Purdue was 4-5 in thered zone, scored three touchdowns, converted a 36-yard field goal and missed a 20-yard field goal.Iowa’s defense recovered a season-high four fumbles today, turning the Boilermaker miscues into 14 points. RBDamon 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 hascollected 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, whichmoved him up Iowa’s career tackle chart to 17
. Micah Hyde (11) and Christian Kirksey (10) also recorded double-digittackles.DB Micah Hyde returned a fumble recovery nine yards in the third quarter, his third career score. Hyde hadinterception returns for touchdowns of 72 yards (vs. Missouri) and 66 yards (Michigan State) in 2010. The fumblereturn for a touchdown is Iowa’s first since Bob Sanders in 2003 (3 yards vs. Illinois). Hyde finished the game with ateam-high 11 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.
The fumble recovery is Hyde’s second of theseason.TE Zach Derby finished today’s game with a career-high four receptions for a career-best 38 yards. Derby added acareer-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 15
differentHawkeye 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 yardsrushing 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 thirdquarter, 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. TheHawkeyes have started on offense in 142-of-172 games. Iowa is 16-14 in the games it has started on defense underFerentz.