IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Brad Banks didn't offer any inspiring
words in the huddle as Iowa prepared to start a final touchdown
drive Saturday against Purdue.
He didn't need to.
Banks engineered an 87-yard scoring drive with 2:16 remaining
and no timeouts, capped by a 7-yard TD pass to Dallas Clark on
fourth-and-goal to lead the 24th-ranked Hawkeyes past Purdue 31-28.
"He just called the play. ... I think everyone just kind of
knew the situation,'' said Clark, who caught the TD with 1:07 left.
"Everyone just knew what they had to do and they went out and did
their part. It was great the way it turned out.''
The winning drive was the most consistent offensive effort of
the day for Iowa (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten), which was outgained and
outplayed by Purdue (3-3,1-1) for much of the game.
Iowa needed two special teams touchdowns and a 95-yard TD pass
from Banks to Clark just to have a chance win at the end.
Purdue, led by backup quarterback Brandon Kirsch, rallied from a
10-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a 28-24 lead with just
under six minutes remaining.
Kirsch, who replaced Kyle Orton midway through the third quarter
after Orton left with a mild concussion, passed for 163 yards and
scored on a 16-yard run to narrow Iowa's lead to 24-21.
On the next possession, the freshman passed for 52 yards to set
up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jon Goldsberry, giving the
Boilermakers a 28-24 lead.
On Purdue's final possession, Kirsch marched the Boilermakers to
the Iowa 25 before his pass was deflected and intercepted by
"He did a good job going in, he did everything we could ask of
him,'' Purdue coach Joe Tiller said of Kirsch. "The only comment I
have about it is that he deserved better than that.''
Iowa, ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first
time since 1997, needed big plays to overcome a struggling offense
and nine penalties that cost the Hawkeyes 80 yards.
Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, Antwan Allen scooped up a
blocked Berin Lacevic field goal and ran 85 yards for a touchdown.
Iowa's special teams struck again in the second half. Trailing
14-10, Sean Considine blocked Brent Slaton's punt. Jermire Roberts
recovered the loose ball in the end zone to give the Hawkeyes a
"We held on to the football (on offense) and now we find a way
to turn it over in the kicking game, which is unacceptable,''
Iowa struck with another big play late in the third quarter.
With the ball on the Iowa 5-yard line, Banks threw a short pass to
Clark, who raced to the end zone to give Iowa a 24-14 lead.
Purdue amassed 507 yards on offense, most of them coming through
the air as Kirsch and Orton carved up an Iowa secondary ranked last
in the Big Ten.
"We got outplayed a lot, on offense and defense a lot of the
game,'' Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "But we played well on
special teams, and when we had to have it we had it today. (Purdue)
could sure feel like they won the game, but somehow, some way, our
guys found a way to win a football game and that goes a long
Iowa scored first on a 51-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding, who
has now made 14 consecutive field goals this season.
But Purdue responded when Orton threw a 61-yard touchdown pass
to John Standeford.
Purdue's second score came after Stuart Schweigert recovered an
Ed Hinkel fumble. Purdue, aided by a personal foul penalty when
Matt Roth hit Orton on a third down, marched 71 yards in 13 plays,
capped by Jerod Void's 1-yard dive to take a 14-3 lead.
Orton was 22-of-37 for 247 yards and a touchdown before leaving.
Receiver Taylor Stubblefield caught 13 passes for 149 yards and
Standeford caught 6 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Iowa running back Fred Russell, the Big Ten's leading rusher,
finished with 121 yards on 22 carries.