PURDUE NOTES

Coming off a bye week, Purdue Football welcomes Iowa to a sold out Ross-Ade Stadium to kick off the final month of the regular season. The Big Ten West matchup begins at noon on FS1. • The Boilermakers enter the contest with a 5-3 record, winning four of their past five games. • The last time the two teams met, the Boilermakers upset No. 2 Iowa 24-7 in Iowa City (Oct. 16, 2021), handing the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season. Three weeks later, 364 days ago (Nov. 6, 2021), Purdue knocked off No. 3 Michigan State at home for another Top 5 victory. • Saturday’s game is the second consecutive sellout for Purdue after beating Nebraska in front of 61,320 fans • The Purdue offense has averaged 327.0 yards of through the air in Big Ten play to lead the conference. • Charlie Jones, the 2021 Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year for Iowa, ranks top six nationally in receptions per game (9.0), receiving touchdowns (9) and receiving yards (840) as a Boilermaker. • Aidan O’Connell paces the Big Ten in passing yards per game, averaging 324.3 yards to also rank fifth nationally. The sixth-year senior completes nearly 30 passes per game (29.9), second most in the country. • Purdue has controlled time of possession in seven straight games, and their time of possession (33:16) ranks 10th in the nation. • The Purdue defense ranks Top 20 nationally in third down defense (13th), rushing defense (20th) and fourth down defense (18th). • Payne Durham ranks 10th in program history with 17 career touchdown receptions, second-most among Purdue tight ends. • Purdue has won five of its past six home games. • The Boilermakers will welcome home Matt Light and Dorien Bryant, two standouts from the early 2000s, as honorary captains this weekend.

LAST TIME WE MET • The last time the two programs met, the Boilermakers handed the No. 2 Hawkeyes their first loss of the season, 24-7, in Iowa City (Oct. 16, 2021). • Aidan O’Connell threw for 378 yards, the most allowed by an Iowa defense since fellow Purdue quarterback David Blough chalked up 458 yards through the air (Oct. 15, 2016). • All-American David Bell torched Iowa with 11 catches for 240 yards, the second-most receiving yards in a single game in Purdue history. • Purdue’s defense recorded four interceptions, including two from Cam Allen and one from Kieren Douglas. • The victory was one of two Top-5 wins by the Boilermakers throughout last season. Three weeks later, Purdue upset No. 3 Michigan State to hand the Spartans their first loss of the year. B1G LEADERS • Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense (314.2 yards per game) and first downs (201), while allowing the fewest tackles for loss in the conference (3.62 per game). • In league games, the Boilermakers top the conference in passing offense (327.0 yards per game) and first downs (25.4 per game). • The Purdue defense has recorded seven interceptions in B1G action, the most in the conference. • Aidan O’Connell paces the conference in completions per game (29.9), passing yards per game (324.3) and total offense (318.3 yards per game). • Wide receiver Charlie Jones leads the B1G in receptions per game (9.0), receiving yards per game (105.0) and receiving yards (840). • In B1G games, O’Connell tops the conference in passing offense (327.0 yards per game) and total offense (317.2 yards per game). • Jones has hauled in 8.6 receptions per conference games to lead the Big Ten.

IOWA NOTES

THE SERIES • Purdue holds a 50-39-3 advantage in the series that began with a 16-0 Iowa win in 1910. • Purdue has won four of the last five in the series. The Hawkeyes last win in West Lafayette came in 2016 in a 49-35 shootout when Akrum Wadley (176 yards, 1 TD) and LeShun Daniels, Jr., (150 yards, 2 TDs) both went over the century mark. Iowa is 17-29-1 all-time in games played at Purdue. • Iowa and the Boilermakers battled to a 21-21 tie at West Lafayette in 1994. That game marks the last tie game for Iowa before the college football tie-breaker system was put in place.

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST The Hawkeyes had their best offensive game of the season against Northwestern on Oct. 29, scoring a season-high 33 points and racking up 398 yards total offense. Iowa rushed for a season-high 178 yards. • The 398 yards were the most for the team since gaining 428 yards at Maryland (W, 51-14) in 2021. • The 178 rushing yards were the most since gaining 186 yards in last season’s regular season finale at Nebraska. • The Hawkeyes scored on their first four offensive possessions to start the game (FG, TD, FG, TD) and on seven of their eight offensive possessions. (Iowa scored on nine straight offensive possessions at Maryland in 2021). WELCOMED REINFORCEMENT A week after making his 2022 season debut at Ohio State, sophomore WR Diante Vines made his first career start against Northwestern. The Connecticut native was targeted five times in the game, where he made a pair of catches for 22 yards. Vines missed the first six games with a wrist injury

IOWA’S DEFENSE.. • is No. 1 in FBS, averaging 3.91 yards per play. • has given up 200 or fewer yards in four games this season. • has held its opponents to 13 or fewer points in six of eight games. • has held five of eight opponents under 100 yards rushing. Iowa limited Northwestern to 18 yards on Oct. 29 – the sixth-fewest in the Kirk Ferentz era and the fewest since holding UNI to six yards in 2018. They were the fewest rushing yards allowed against a Big Ten foe since limiting Minnesota to seven yards in 2008. • has held seven of its eight opponents below their season scoring average and all eight opponents below their season total offense average. • is No. 5 nationally in scoring defense (15.8) and total defense (265.6). The Hawkeyes are fourth in defensive touchdowns (4), 10th in passing yards allowed (172.1), 11th in rushing defense (93.5)1 and 12th in passing efficiency defense (112.16).

DEFENSIVE SCORING Iowa’s defense extended its pick six streak to 15 consecutive years at Rutgers when sophomore DB Cooper DeJean made an over the shoulder catch and returned the interception 45 yards for his first career touchdown. It was the 30th longest interception return for a touchdown in school history and the 50th all-time. • Iowa is leading the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with three defensive touchdowns (one interception, two fumble returns). • Iowa’s defense found the end zone a second time in Piscataway when DB Kaevon Merriweather scooped up a Rutgers fumble (forced on a hit by DB Sebastian Castro) and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. It was the eighth fumble return for a touchdown in school history and the fifth longest in the record books.