2. The numbers suggest otherwise, but Kirk Ferentz sees some growth in the Hawkeyes’ hasty attack in recent weeks.
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Asked about the inconsistency that Iowa didn’t have a field after Saturday’s game, Ferentz said, “I’m not sure I see this totally. I didn’t see the movie today, but we had pretty clean tracks on them, six, eight, 10 yards. I feel like we’ve had some good, clean runs over the past two weeks and improved. ”
Iowa has averaged 2.5 yards per carry in its last two games, gaining 186 yards on 75 attempts.
3. Purdue coach Jeff Brohm claimed ahead of Saturday’s game that his team had spent more time studying Iowa and its trends over the summer, which certainly seemed to play out on the pitch in the 24-7 defeat.
The Boilermakers appeared to have solutions to questions posed by an Iowa defense that couldn’t put the same strain on Purdue’s quarter-turns as in previous games.
“We couldn’t put pressure on the quarterback. Start there, ” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Then when we put the pressure on he did a really good job for the most part getting the ball out, finding someone who was open enough to convert the first downs. Whichever direction we leaned in, they seemed to have an answer. It’s good football on their part. ”