WEST LAFAYETTE | For more than two quarters, it looked like Purdue might be ready to change its fortunes.
One mistake changed everything.
The Boilermakers, trailing by a touchdown, picked up three first downs before Raheem Mostert fumbled and Iowa's Christian Kirksey recovered at the Iowa 29. Iowa drove down the field and scored after the turnover, then rolled to a 38-14 win.
"I thought we got a little momentum back to move the ball back down the field and turn it over on the fumble," Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said. "Those are hard things to overcome for the program."
Jordan Canzeri ran for a career-high 165 yards on 20 carries for Iowa. Canzeri, a sophomore who entered the game with 173 yards rushing all season, also scored a touchdown to help the Hawkeyes become bowl eligible. Jake Rudock passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten), which set season highs for total yards (509) and yards rushing (318).
Danny Etling completed 15 of 28 passes for 145 yards, Danny Anthrop caught four passes for 83 yards and a touchdown and Akeem Hunt caught seven passes for 63 yards for Purdue (1-8, 0-5). The Boilermakers were held to 266 total yards.
"It basically comes down to making plays," Purdue's Brandon Cottom said. "Offensively, we didn't make plays."
The Boilermakers have scored 31 points in five Big Ten games, with two of the touchdowns coming in the final minute of play. The Boilermakers have lost seven straight and have not beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team this year.
Purdue caught its first break in a long time when Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley fumbled a punt and Purdue's Armstead Williams recovered at the Iowa 35.
Purdue, which had been shut out its previous two games, finally scored in the second quarter. Etling connected with Hunt for a 26-yard screen pass on third-and-6 to set up the Boilermakers at the Iowa 5-yard line. On third down, Etling found Kurt Freytag for a 2-yard touchdown pass. The extra point tied the score with 5:44 left in the second quarter.