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Iowa rallies past Purdue 24-10, Boilermakers still winless in Big Ten under Hazell

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Purdue scored a defensive touchdown and jumped to a 10-0, second-quarter lead Saturday in its homecoming game against Iowa.

But when the Boilermakers failed to generate anything offensively during the final 49 minutes, the Hawkeyes rallied for a 24-10 Big Ten victory in the Big Ten opener.

Purdue gained only 56 yards after halftime and made only four first downs in the final 30 minutes.

"Our defense played their tails off, but we didn't get it done offensively," a disappointed Purdue coach Carrell Hazell said. "We couldn't make the third-down plays to keep the defense off the field.

"We were not good on offense in any areas. I was disappointed we couldn't create any offense. We need to do some soul-searching right now to make sure we improve moving forward."

The Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0) took a 17-10 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to Kevonte Martin-Manley, capping a six-play, 71-yard drive.

Officials first ruled that Martin-Manley caught the ball out of bounds, but after video review, it was clear the receiver caught the ball with one foot in bounds.

While Purdue (2-3, 0-1) struggled to generate any sustained offense after the first quarter, Beathard and running back Mark Weismann helped Iowa maintain possession.

The Hawkeyes increased their lead to 24-10 with 5:10 remaining on Weismann's 5-yard touchdown run that capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive. Weismann scored on a 2-yard run with 8:15left in the second quarter, pulling Iowa within 10-7.

PHOTO: Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard, right, is sacked by Purdue linebacker Gelen Robinson during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard, right, is sacked by Purdue linebacker Gelen Robinson during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Iowa tied it at 10 with 13 seconds remaining in the first half on a 28-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn.

Purdue, which is 0-9 in Big Ten play for second-year coach Hazell, scored first when strong safety Frankie Williams intercepted Beathard in the right flat and ran 39 yards for a touchdown with 4:13 to go in the first quarter. Williams finished with 10 tackles, and free safety Landon Feichter had 11, but it the offense that failed to give the Boilermakers a chance to win in the final two quarters.

The Boilermakers increased their lead to 10-0 on Paul Griggs' 42-yard field with 11:48 left in the first half. From that point on, it was all Iowa, as the Hawkeyes won in West Lafayette for a second consecutive season. Iowa also pulled away in the second half in 2013, outscoring Purdue 24-7 in the final 30 minutes for a 38-14 victory.

This was the third come-from-behind win for Iowa this season. The Hawkeyes trailed Ball State 13-3 in the fourth quarter but rallied for a 17-13 victory. Last week, the Hawkeyes trailed 20-17 at Pittsburgh in the final quarter before winning, 24-20.

Purdue now is 3-14 in the Hazell era, beating only Indiana State in 2013 and Western Michigan and Southern Illinois thus far this season.

After early runs of 33 and 17 yards by senior Akeem Hunt, the Purdue offense spun its wheels, at one point picking up one first down total in a stretch of five possessions.

Quarterback Danny Etling was sacked three times in the first half and once on the opening possession of the second half. Etling finished 11 of 26 for only 61 yards and threw one interception. He was sacked four times.

"They didn't show us anything we didn't already know," Etling said. "We just need to change the protection. It's unacceptable, and we need to get it fixed. I played poorly. I need to make better decisions in the red zone."

Iowa finished with 420 yards of offense, 404 during the final three quarters. Purdue gained 74 yards in the first quarter but finished with only 156 yards.

"Our job is to stop the ball, tackle, and put the offense in a good position to score," defensive leader Williams said of the Boilermakers. "We didn't do that today."

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