Iowa 31, Purdue 7
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Mike Saunders went 72 yards for a touchdown and Tony Stewart ran 65 yards to set up another score as Iowa beat Purdue 31-7 in the Big Ten on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes broke open the game in the second half, scoring touchdowns on Saunders’ run, an 11-yard Chuck Hartlieb pass to Deven Harberts and a 9-yard run by Richard Bass.
The Hawkeyes, 4-2-2 overall and 2-0-2 in the Big Ten, twice stopped Purdue drives inside the Iowa 10 in the second half. Purdue, 3-4 and 2-2, was unable to consistently move the ball all afternoon and was held to 184 yards.
Iowa’s offense accumulated 482 yards, including 140 on 15 carries by Stewart.
Stewart had his big carry two plays after the Hawkeyes halted a Purdue drive by recovering a fumble on Iowa’s 20-yard line. Purdue had used its two longest runs of the season, a 28-yarder by Ray Graham and a 21-yarder by Ernie Schramayr, to bring the ball to the six before a Brian Fox pitch to Graham was mishandled.
Four plays after the fumble recovery, Bass scored to give Iowa a 24-7 advantage.
In the third quarter, Harberts was closely guarded as he ran into the end zone and stretched his right hand back to pull the ball toward his body for the touchdown on third down. The score, which gave Iowa a 17-7 lead with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter, capped a 69-yard, nine-play drive.
Purdue, which scored its only touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Fox to Schramayr with 15 seconds left in the first period, was stopped at the two early in the third quarter when a fourth-down pass from Fox fell incomplete.
The Hawkeyes moved 73 yards in 12 plays to score on the game’s first offensive series on an 8-yard run by David Hudson. Jeff Skillett’s 22-yard field goal give Iowa the lead for good 10-7 in the second period.