James Vandenberg passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns for Iowa in a 31-21 victory against Purdue in front of 40,106 fans on senior day Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Purdue came up empty in its first attempt to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. Here are the highlights.
Key play: Marvin McNutt caught a pass and broke a couple of tackles on the way to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown. The score, on the first play of the fourth quarter, helped extend Iowa's lead to 31-14.
Senior salute: Purdue honored 22 seniors in its final home game of the season.
Key stat: 4. Purdue turned the ball over four times (two interceptions and two fumbles). The final turnover was controversial. Robert Marve raced left toward the goal line with 1:27 to go. He extended the ball, trying to score, and lost control. The officials originally ruled the play a touchdown. After a video review, the officials ruled Marve fumbled and since the ball hit the pylon, it was a touchback. Iowa was awarded the ball.
Wild second quarter: The second quarter didn't work out the way anyone had in mind. There was a missed field goal by Iowa, a blocked punt (by Iowa), one interception (a Marve pass that was tipped and then caught by Iowa's Tanner Miller at the Hawkeyes' 1), and two Iowa fumbles. Purdue's Brandon Taylor recovered the second in the end zone for a touchdown as the Boilermakers tied the game at 14. Iowa answered with a 70-yard touchdown drive. Marcus Coker scored on a 2-yard run to put Iowa back in the lead. Quotable:
Costly play: Purdue linebacker Dwayne Beckford was ejected with 1:24 remaining after a scuffle.
"The last call was frustrating, but if we played a little better it wouldn't have come down to that."
- Cornerback Ricardo Allen on the play that was ruled a fumble