A win to boot

Pur­due up­sets Iowa on a last-minute field goal by Spencer Evans

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Michael Marot As­so­ci­ated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Spencer Evans made a 25-yard field goal with eight sec­onds left Satur­day, giv­ing Pur­due a 38-36 up­set over No. 19 Iowa and put­ting the Boil­er­mak­ers back in the Big Ten’s West Divi­sion ti­tle hunt.

David Blough threw three touch­down passes to Terry Wright and topped the 300-yard mark for the fifth time this sea­son.

The Boil­er­mak­ers (5-4, 4-2) have won five of their last six and beat their third ranked team this sea­son — the first time they’ve achieved that feat since 2003 — to move within one game of divi­sion leader North­west­ern.

“This wasn’t a per­fect game by any means,” Pur­due coach Jeff Brohm said. “We made some plays, they made some plays, we hung in there and re­sponded. Like you said, it was just great to come out with a game that wasn’t per­fect.”

The Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3) lost their sec­ond straight road game de­spite Nate Stan­ley’s big day. The ju­nior quar­ter­back threw for 275 yards with one TD and ran for an­other, but the con­fer­ence’s No. 2 scor­ing de­fense al­lowed a sea­son-high point to­tal.

And when the Hawkeyes needed one last stop, Blough drove Pur­due 43 yards to set up Evans for the win­ning kick.

“That was a re­ally tough, tough loss for us to go through,” Iowa coach Kirk Fer­entz said. “The big plays hurt us a lit­tle bit. We came up short, espe­cially in the first half.

“I think our team played ex­tremely hard right to the fin­ish. Not sure what more (the play­ers) could have done.”

Blough was in com­plete con­trol most of the game, com­plet­ing 23 of 32 passes with two in­ter­cep­tions while hook­ing up with Wright six times for 146 yards. Wright be­came the first Pur­due re­ceiver with three TD catches in one game since Gary Bush in 2012.

It didn’t take Blough long to set the tone. He led the Boil­er­mak­ers to scores on their first two drives, drop­ping in a beau­ti­ful 36-yard TD pass to Isaac Zico be­fore Markell Jones scored on a 1-yard run.

Iowa got a 2-yard TD run from Ivory Kelly-Martin and a 34-yard field goal from Miguel Recinos to make it 14-10 early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

But Wright made a per­fect ad­just­ment to haul in a 41-yard TD as Pur­due led 21-10.

Stan­ley’s 1-yard plunge closed out the first-half scor­ing, mak­ing it 21-17.

Blough started the sec- ond half with a bang, find­ing Wright for an 82-yard TD pass on Pur­due’s first of­fen­sive play, then hooked up with Wright again on a 3-yard scor­ing play to make it 35-23 late in the third quar­ter.

AJ MAST/AP PHO­TOS

Pur­due place­kicker Spencer Evans (13) boots the win­ning field goal against Iowa on Satur­day.

Pur­due quar­ter­back David Blough runs with the ball against Iowa on Satur­day.

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