Kaleb Johnson ran for 200 yards on 22 carries, including a touchdown, and Spencer Petras passed for two touchdowns to power Iowa past Purdue 24-3 on Saturday.

“It feels good to beat these guys, finally,” said Hawkeyes tight end Sam LaPorta, who scored his first touchdown of the season.

Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell struggled to find his rhythm on a windy day, completing just 20 of 43 passes for 168 yards and two interceptions.

Both teams are now 5-4 and 3-3 in the Big Ten.

“No offense to anybody but you guys had us dead two weeks ago,” Petras said. “You’re a coward if you want to pack it in.”

Leading 17-3 at halftime, it took Iowa just 17 seconds in the second half to push the lead to 24-3 on Johnson’s 75-yard touchdown run.

“I saw green grass,” Johnson said.

After starting the game 2 of 6, Petras finished 13 of 23 for 192 yards with two touchdowns.

The Hawkeyes took a 7-0 lead on Petras’ 16-yard TD pass to LaPorta in the first minute of the second quarter.

After Kaevon Merriweather intercepted O’Connell, Iowa scored when Petras connected with Nico Ragaini for 29 yards to push the lead to 14-0.

The Boilermakers drove to the Iowa 26 before Seth Benson’s interception at the 15-yard line snuffed out the drive. The Hawkeyes picked up a first down on the Purdue 1 before three straight plays for a loss forced the Iowa to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Drew Stevens.

Purdue’s only score came on Mitchell Fineran’s 34-yard field goal with 1:40 left in the second quarter.

“Defensively … can’t say enough,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “It’s good complimentary football.”

Former Iowa wide receiver Charlie Jones had 11 catches for 104 yards.

Hawkeyes defensive back Riley Moss called it an honor to line up against him: “We’ll be friends for life.”


Iowa: The Hawkeyes got a big road win and moved closer to bowl eligibility with one of their better offensive outputs. Iowa had been averaging just 16.4 points per game.

Purdue: The Boilermakers’ hopes for a West Division title took a major hit with a lackluster offensive performance in its second consecutive loss. Purdue had been averaging 32.8 points a game.


The fact that the Purdue’s Boilermaker Special stalled before the game proved to be an omen for the football team. The train, which leads the team out on the field, needed several people to push it to get off the field. Purdue’s offense never got in gear, either.



Iowa: Hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

Purdue: Travels to Illinois on Saturday for Cannon Trophy Game.

Iowa running back Kaleb Johnson (2) carries the ball against Purdue on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Marc Lebryk)