Schwartz: Iowa’s Loss To Purdue In 10 Sentences

November 4, 2018

Written by David Schwartz

Ten thoughts in 10 sentences—Loss to Purdue edition. The Hawkeyes on Saturday lost to Purdue, 38-36, to fall to 6-3.

1. Maybe this is the place to discuss Kirk Ferentz’s displeasure with Saturday’s officiating (subscription needed), but I don’t think so, or rather, I don’t want to, even though, yes, the officiating in the final quarter was bad—especially that bogus pass interference.

2. Maybe this is the place to talk about Iowa’s two-point conversion decisions, but I don’t think so, because in the moment the decisions made sense.

3. No, let’s talk about something else: let’s talk about pass defense and Iowa’s history of struggling to play it well against Purdue, a program that over the last 35 years has found nearly all of its success through the air, whether it’s with Jim Everett, Drew Brees, Kyle Orton or David Blough at quarterback.

4. Also, no, this is not a “Sheesh, how could the Hawkeyes not see this coming?” scenario, because just because you can see something coming doesn’t mean you can stop it, and that’s the beauty—the genius—of an offense like Jeff Brohm’s.

5. Blough went for 333 yards passing and four touchdowns, and everyone in Ross Ade Stadium knew what was coming.

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6. In Purdue’s win over Iowa last season, Boilermakers quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw for three touchdowns and about 230 yards—and that’s when Iowa still had Joshua Jackson at defensive back.

7. The point is, what happened to the Hawkeyes on Saturday is what Purdue wanted to have happen to the Hawkeyes, and in every football game there are two teams.

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8. In a way, I’m mad at myself for not seeing this coming: one of the most innovative passing coaches in all of college football—Brohm—going up against a defense with two freshmen in its secondary.

9. The fact that the Hawkeyes lost by only two points and picked off Blough a couple of times might be one of the most successful feats pulled off by Iowa’s coaching staff this entire season.

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10. None of which, of course, makes the Purdue loss any easier, because for the third time this season Iowa lost a game it had a reasonable chance of winning—that seems to be their calling card for 2018.

* Talk with David Schwartz on Twitter @daveschwartz.

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