Purdue and Iowa. Let’s make our own fun. With facts.
1. Iowa running back Akrum Wadley averaged 11.7 yards per carry (15 for 176 yards) at Purdue last year.
2. Purdue passed 61 times at Northwestern last Saturday in its 23-13 loss. The Boilermakers passed 60 times against Iowa last year at West Lafayette in their 49-35 defeat.
3. Iowa senior linebackers Bo Bower, Josey Jewell and Ben Niemann will play their last games in Kinnick Stadium Saturday. They have 113 career starts.
4. Purdue’s last bowl was the Heart of Dallas, to end the 2012 season. It lost to Oklahoma State, 58-14.
5. Iowa has been held under 20 points in 11 of its last 20 games.
6. Purdue has been outgained by 58 yards this season. Iowa has been outgained by 383. Yet, the Hawkeyes are 6-4 and the Boilermakers 4-6.
7. Purdue is one of five Big Ten teams with 4-6 records.
8. Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson is the first Hawkeye to be a repeat Big Ten Player of the Week since Tim Dwight in 1997.
9. Purdue allowed 38.3 points per game last season. It has allowed 19.3 this year.
10. Within the last two weeks, both the Boilermakers and Hawkeyes had their punters complete passes to their long snappers.
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11. This is the fourth time the Hawkeyes have four interception returns for touchdowns in a season. The others were 1995, 2010 and 2015.
12. Iowa is 1-0 in successful onside kick attempts. The rest of the Big Ten is 1-15.
13. Purdue Coach Jeff Brohm was the coach of the Louisville Fire af2 indoor football team in 2002.
14. Brohm won a Bahamas Bowl and a Miami Beach Bowl as Western Kentucky’s coach.
15. Brohm was named Kentucky’s High School Player of the 1980s.
16. Boilermaker defensive end Gelen Robinson is the son of former Purdue basketball All-America Glenn Robinson, who scored 1,030 points his junior year.
17. Purdue receiver Anthony Mahoungou is from Paris. He reportedly is the first Division I scholarship football player from France. He has 25 catches this season.
18. Purdue’s opponents have made all 14 of their field goal tries.
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20. Cardi B was born and raised in the Bronx. If the Hawkeyes or Boilermakers play in the Pinstripe Bowl, they’ll be in the Bronx in late December.