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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands \u2014 The Iowa basketball team went down to its first defeat of the season Monday and there wasn\u2019t much suspense about it.

Louisiana held the Hawkeyes without a field goal for seven minutes in the first half and built a 20-point halftime lead, continuing on to hand Iowa a 80-71 loss in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic at John Gray Gymnasium.

The Hawkeyes (3-1) will face the loser of a game between Wyoming and South Dakota State at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Louisiana takes on the winner of that game at 1:30 p.m.

After the score was tied at 10-10, the Ragin Cajuns went on a 21-1 scoring run while the Iowa offense struggled to accomplish anything. It was 37-17 at halftime.

The Louisiana lead peaked at 44-20 before the Hawkeyes finally began mounting a comeback. They got as close as nine points (70-61) on a 3-point field goal by Isaiah Moss with a minute, 51 seconds remaining, but could not get any closer as Ragin Cajuns guard Frank Bartley continually burned them with drives to the hoop.

Moss and Jordan Bohannon led the second-half charge. Moss scored 22 of his career-high 24 points after halftime and Bohannon scored 18 of his 21 in the last 20 minutes.

Louisiana, which came in averaging 101 points per game, was led by Bartley with 17 points. JaKeenan Gant added 16, Bryce Washington 15 and Justin Miller 14.

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Now five days away from kickoff, senior leaders Josey Jewell and Sean Welsh are trying to nudge Iowa forward following Saturday\u2019s lethargic performance in a loss to Purdue.

That, as well as all-conference honors for a former Hawkeye and a big day for Christian Kirksey in the NFL, are all part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes.

Delivered at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:

1. Shortly after Saturday\u2019s 24-15 loss to Purdue, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell talked with his teammates about the 6-5 situation the Hawkeyes find themselves in heading into the final game of the regular season.

\u201cI talked a little bit to the team about where do you want to be,\u2019\u2019 Jewell said. \u201cWhere do you want to be at the end of the season? Do you want to go to Detroit? Or, do you want to go somewhere where it\u2019s kind of warm at least? You think about the end goal and get it into perspective.\u2019\u2019

2. Coming out of the loss at Wisconsin, Kirk Ferentz talked last week about the challenge his team faced was finding a level of consistency in its performance.

That message didn\u2019t translate to results.

\u201cWe were hoping for a higher level of consistency in our play,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said. \u201cThat wasn\u2019t there and that makes it frustrating and it makes it disappointing. I don\u2019t know what else to say about that. That\u2019s where we are at right now.\u2019\u2019

3. Senior Sean Welsh said it would be easy for Hawkeye players to point fingers at other segments of the team following Saturday\u2019s effort against Purdue. He said that wouldn\u2019t be the right thing to do.

\u201cIt really just starts with us. You have to give (Purdue) their due credit. They\u2019ve been playing better this year than the last couple,\u2019\u2019 Welsh said. \u201cThey were multiple up front and they brought a bunch of different fronts and were sound in all of them. They executed.\u2019\u2019

Welsh said Iowa didn\u2019t.

\u201cWhere we need to start is our own execution,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI thought we had a good week of practice. We didn\u2019t bring that to the field.\u2019\u2019

4. Iowa knew Purdue\u2019s defense would put plenty of pressure on quarterback Nate Stanley.

Doing anything about it proved to be the challenge.

Stanley was sacked six times, many on occasions when the Boilermakers charged into the pocket unblocked.

\u201cPurdue is high pressure. We knew that, just under 40 percent with pressure, so that\u2019s a challenge in itself,\u2019\u2019 coach Kirk Ferentz said. \u201cBut, a couple of them were mental errors where we cut guys loose. A couple more were guys getting beat. \u2026 We\u2019re not going to win football games when you cut guys loose.\u2019\u2019

5. In his weekly Sunday interview with the university\u2019s website, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz viewed the inability to flip field position through special teams and modest offensive production as one of the Hawkeyes\u2019 biggest issues coming out of the Purdue game.

\u201cWhen we do get tough field position, we have to be able to move the ball out of there, and then do a better job in our special teams,\u2019\u2019 Ferentz said.

\u201c\u2026 That really played a part in the game, playing with that wind, in two of the four quarters, it becomes imperative that you move the ball out of there, even to midfield. You can punt and make your opponent go the length of the field. We did not do a good job of flipping field position.\u2019\u2019

6. With a game on Friday at Nebraska, the challenge this week for Iowa includes moving beyond Saturday\u2019s loss to Purdue as quickly as possible.

\u201cIn the short window we\u2019ve got, we\u2019ve got to show improvement,\u2019\u2019 Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. \u201cA week like this, this far into the season, a lot of it is mental and it\u2019s going to have to be done.\u2019\u2019

7. Christian Kirksey had a 13-tackle day Sunday for Cleveland in its loss to Jacksonville, highlighting the work of former Hawkeyes on Sunday in the NFL.

Elsewhere, Anthony Hitchens finished with five stops and a tackle for a loss for Dallas, Micah Hyde had four tackles for Buffalo and Desmond King finished with three stops in the Chargers loss to the Bills, Mike Daniels of the Packers had two tackles and Carl Davis collected one for Baltimore in the Ravens\u2019 win over Green Bay and Karl Klug had a sack for Tennessee in its loss to Pittsburgh.

On offense, C.J. Fiedorowicz caught two passes for 28 yards for Houston in its win over Arizona.

8. One-time Hawkeye Derrick Willies missed his fourth straight game for Texas Tech last weekend, sitting out 27-3 loss to TCU that saw former Iowa quarterback Nic Shimonek complete 17-of-33 passes for 137 yards and one interception.

Elsewhere in college football, former Hawkeye running back Derrick Mitchell completed his graduate transfer season by leading Incarnate Word with 54 rushing yards on 14 carries including a three-yard touchdown run.

He also caught two passes for 17 yards in a loss to Prairie View A&M. Linebacker Angelo Garbutt finished with seven tackles and forced a fumble for Missouri State in its loss to Youngstown State and Jalen Embry had one tackle for Northern Illinois in its win over Western Michigan.

9. Former Hawkeye Jerminic Smith has been named as a first-team all-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection for his work as a receiver at Southwest Baptist.

Smith was the second-leading receiver on his Division II team, ranking among league leaders with 580 receiving yards and five touchdowns as part of a 5-5 team.

10. If nothing else, it looks like fans will be able to enjoy a nice November day when the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers meet Friday in Lincoln.

The current National Weather Service forecast for the Black Friday match-up calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of 67 degrees.

Enjoy.

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Former Iowa basketball player Christian Williams revealed Sunday night that he is transferring to Indiana State University.

Williams, expected to be Iowa\u2019s backup point guard this season, announced just before the season began that he planned to transfer.

At Indiana State, the 6-foot-5 junior from Decatur, Illinois, will be joining a team coached by former Iowa assistant coach Greg Lansing.

Williams broke the news on Twitter, noting that he will be \u201cforever grateful\u2019\u2019 to Iowa but saying he is \u201cmore than excited\u2019\u2019 to continue his career at Indiana State.

\u2014 Don Doxsie

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A tough week ended in with another tough loss for the Quad-City Mallards.

Seven days after losing one of their top point men in Justin Kovacs to a hit that garnered a four-game league suspension for Indy's Ryan Rupert, the Mallards fell 2-0 to the Kansas City Mavericks Sunday afternoon at the TaxSlayer Center.

Since losing Kovacs, who had eight points in 11 games, the Mallards have lost three straight games and have been outscored 12-3.

\"We're missing some firepower,\" head coach Phil Axtell said. \"Kovacs is an intricate part of our lineup ... I was happy with our effort again.\"

The team also had to witness Tulsa head coach Rob Murray get carried off the ice on a stretcher Friday night in a game that was suspended after a medical emergency.

\"That's something all of us, everyone from both organizations to the fans, to the first responders, something we'll never forget the rest of our lives,\" Axtell said. \"It's disappointing that we couldn't come out with points but luckily we're only two games below .500 and our division is the tightest division in the league.\"

The Mallards are currently in fifth place in the ECHL Central Division with 12 points, two points out of a playoff spot and six points out of second place.

The team still feels, despite the winless week, it can put things together to start moving up the standings.

\"It's tough, you definitely don't want (three) losses in a row,\" forward Ryan McGrath said. \"We have spurts of great hockey but we've got to finish the full 60, 65, whatever it takes. We're playing some good hockey at times but if we let off the gas pedal here and there it's going to go in our net.\"

Kansas City took advantage of a bounce to get on the scoreboard as Hunter Smith's shot kicked up off the skate and shoulder of Mallards defenseman Dmitry Osipov and into the net at the 11-minute, 58-second mark of the first period.

Jordan Kwas made it 2-0 with a deflection that beat Mallards goaltender Branden Komm with just 10 seconds left in the period.

Despite the score, Komm played well in his first action in 16 days since being acquired in a trade with Idaho two weeks ago, making 26 saves on the night. Tyler Parsons made 28 saves for the shutout.

\"Those kind of bounces happen, you've just got to realize it happened and move on from it,\" Komm said. \"As a goalie, you can help shift momentum in a game by making a big save or killing off a penalty. You want to just play your game, make a big save if it's there, make the saves you're supposed to and hopefully provide some kind of spark offensively.\"

The Mallards went 0-for-6 on the power play and gave up an opportunity when whistled for a face off violation before another power play got started, leading to two minutes of 4-on-4.

\"They pressured hard. Once we got in the zone, we got some opportunities,\" Axtell said. \"In the second period we were hitting seam passes but the kid (Parsons) played well. It is what it is, we were getting good looks ...\u00a0 we didn't capitalize but we had opportunities and the face we had six power plays ... that means we're working hard.\"

Mallards raise money for Genesis: The Quad-City Mallards teamed with Genesis Health System to raise $16,250 for Genesis Family Connects through a jersey auction following Saturday's game against the Kansas City Mavericks.

The highest bid of the night went for the jersey of Sam Warning, the team's top scorer. The jersey was sold for $2,000.

Saturday's auction was the first of two this season that are partnered with Genesis. Over the last two decades, Mallards jersey auctions have raised over $800,000 to benefit Genesis Health System charities.

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Today

Volleyball All-Stars: The top high school senior volleyball players from the Quad-Cities will take the court one last time in the third annual Iowa vs. Illinois Senior All-Star match at St. Ambrose's Lee Lohman Arena.\u00a0

The Iowa roster features seven players from Bettendorf, North Scott and Pleasant Valley, including the Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year in the Spartans' Elissa Moylan.\u00a0

Moline, Wethersfield and Riverdale have multiple representatives on the Illinois squad. Iowa has won the previous two meetings. Former Clinton coach Mark Massey will be the honorary captain.\u00a0

The match begins just after 7 p.m.

Tuesday

Girls basketball:\u00a0Western Big Six play opens for girls basketball. League favorite Rock Island, off to a dominant 4-0 start, hosts Galesburg. Moline entertains Quincy and United Township visits Alleman.\u00a0

On the Iowa side, North Scott begins defense of its Class 4A state championship with a home tilt against Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Bettendorf welcomes Linn-Mar to town.

Wednesday

Augustana at Illinois men's hoops: After collecting a pair of home wins over the weekend, NCAA Division III second-ranked Augustana challenges itself with a trip to Champaign to play Illinois.

It will be the Vikings' first game against a Division I foe since winning an exhibition game at Bradley in 2014 and first regular-season contest against a Division I opponent since playing at Gonzaga in 2009.

The game will tip at 6 p.m. inside the State Farm Center.

Friday

Trophy test: Iowa's bowl destination hinges in part on the outcome of its its regular season finale in the annual Heroes Game against Nebraska.

The Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers will play for the Heroes Trophy in a 3 p.m. game at Memorial Stadium, where Iowa looks to add to a string of three consecutive wins in the series against Nebraska.

Iowa is 2-1 in trophy games this season, maintaining possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy and Floyd of Rosedale with wins over Iowa State and Minnesota but losing a chance to earn the Heartland Trophy against Wisconsin.

Mallards hockey: The Wichita Thunder come to the TaxSlayer Center for the first time this season. Going into Sunday, Wichita led the Mountain Division of the ECHL with a 10-2-1 record and has allowed the fewest goals of any team in the league.\u00a0

Quad-City finishes a stretch of playing 12 of its first 15 games at home. Coach Phil Axtell's team will be on the road for the next nine games before returning home on Dec. 20 against Fort Wayne.\u00a0

The puck drops at 7 p.m. Hot dogs and beer will be sold for $2 each.\u00a0

Saturday

Tripleheader at Rocky: The Rock Island Fieldhouse will feature a pair of Rock Island boys basketball games and a girls contest Saturday in the final day of its annual Thanksgiving tournament.

Coach Thom Sigel's boys squad faces Minooka at noon and Bogan at 7:30 p.m. Sandwiched in between is the Rock Island girls facing Rock Falls at 4:30.

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Jordan Bohannon sort of cringes at the memory now.

He admits that there were times last season when he and a few of his Iowa teammates laughingly, lovingly called Cordell Pemsl \u201cFat Boy.\u2019\u2019

Bohannon feels bad about it now. But he loves the fact that the name no longer fits.

\u201cI don\u2019t know if he took that to heart,\u2019\u2019 Bohannon said of Pemsl, his good friend and former AAU teammate. \u201cI hope we didn\u2019t hurt his feelings too much and that\u2019s why he lost his weight. I don\u2019t really know.

\u201cWe were at his apartment early in the year and I saw a couple of Domino\u2019s boxes by his bed. It was like \u2018Cordell, what\u2019s going on now? You eating pizza in bed?\u2019 So I don\u2019t know if that had something to do with it, him changing his diet.\u2019\u2019

Whatever it was, Pemsl did exactly that.

For years, he loved to munch on popcorn and other kinds of junk food. He really loved carbonated beverages, especially Sprite.

He hasn\u2019t completely eliminated those things from his diet but just by greatly reducing his consumption of them, he trimmed about 20 pounds from his 6-foot-8 frame during the two months following off-season surgery for a sports hernia.

The result is a slimmer, trimmer Pemsl. He is playing this season at 235 pounds, down from 256 last season. He is in perhaps the best shape of his life. And coaches and teammates think he\u2019s primed to play the best basketball of his life.

\u201cI haven\u2019t been getting tired as easily as I was last year,\u2019\u2019 said Pemsl, who is averaging 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds going into a game against Louisiana today in the Cayman Island Classic. \u201cI\u2019m able to do more to help the team win.\u2019\u2019

Pemsl said it wasn\u2019t the Fat Boy comments that made him do this.

\u201cI knew there was more to my game that I could be bringing,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cAnd it would be a displeasure to both me and my teammates if I wasn\u2019t being the best version of myself.

\u201cThey were more worried about, 'Well, what you\u2019re best at is being strong and battling down low. Are you still going to still be able to do that?\u2019 I wanted to show them I still can do that but I can guard quicker guys now and they can trust me with the ball on the perimeter, stuff like that. That was kind of my biggest goal is just to help my team as much as I can.\u2019\u2019

Count head coach Fran McCaffery among those who approves of the change.

\u201cA lot of times when guys trim down like that, they don't maintain the strength that they had or the physicality, and he's done both,\u2019\u2019 McCaffery said. \u201cHe still plays strong and tough and physical. He's able to hold his ground against guys that are heavier than him, but he's running better.\u2019\u2019

McCaffery said he had nothing to do with Pemsl\u2019s decision to slim down. He didn\u2019t request it or even recommend it.

\u201cI didn't because I didn't think it was a problem,\u2019\u2019 McCaffery said. \u201cHe was very mobile. He was able to play at that weight, I thought, pretty well. He moved his feet. He positioned himself well. He didn't seem to labor from a conditioning standpoint. A lot of times guys are really good but they just can't keep up. They are quick enough and they are bouncy enough at a heavy weight, but really none of that stuff ever seemed to affect him.

\u201cBut he's clearly better, thinner. And I do think in the long haul, it will be much less taxing on his body.\u2019\u2019

Pemsl figures to see most of his action off the bench this season after starting 14 games and setting a school record for field goal percentage (61.7) a year ago as a freshman.

The arrival of 6-11 freshman center Luka Garza has pushed him to a reserve role. That means Pemsl\u2019s days of playing center are over, but he never viewed himself that way anyway. He is backing up Tyler Cook at his natural position of power forward and even probably could play a little bit at small forward.

Whether Pemsl starts or not, Bohannon said the physical transformation is \u201chuge\u2019\u2019 for his friend.

\u201cYou can tell he\u2019s a lot stronger, he\u2019s a lot more lean,\u2019\u2019 Bohannon said. \u201cHe\u2019s going to be able to add a lot more dimensions to his game now just because of how well he can move side to side and up and down the court.

\u201cHe\u2019s a lot quicker off the ground,\u2019\u2019 Bohannon added. \u201cYou probably didn\u2019t see him get above the rim too much last year but that\u2019s something I think he can really do this year because of how much lighter he\u2019s gotten and how much stronger he\u2019s gotten. That\u2019ll add another dimension to his game and all of our games because teams will need to worry about him dunking on them this year.\u2019\u2019

While Pemsl, who scored a team-high 15 points in a victory over Alabama State last week, has a bounce and quickness he hasn\u2019t had in years \u2014 maybe not ever \u2014 he warned not to look for him to be slamming the ball through the hoop on a regular basis, as Cook does.

He had a chance for an open dunk against Alabama State, but passed it up.

\u201cThat\u2019s not me. I've come to realize that\u2019s not me,\u2019\u2019 Pemsl said. \u201cI\u2019m too crafty for that. I like to be below the rim and use my craft and intelligence.\u2019\u2019

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LOUISIANA VS. IOWA

WHEN: 11 a.m.

WHERE: John Gray Gymnasium, George Town, Cayman Islands

TV: FloHoops.com (online)

RADIO: WFXN (1230 AM), WMT (600 AM)

STORYLINES

\u2022 Iowa improved its record to 3-0 with a hard-fought 85-74 victory over Grambling State on Thursday. Freshman Jack Nunge led the way with 17 points and is now averaging 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Fellow freshman Luka Garza leads the team in rebounding (9.0 per game) and blocked shots (2.7).

\u2022 Louisiana, in its eighth season under coach Bob Marlin, lost its opener to Ole Miss but bounced back to defeat Louisiana College and Savannah State. The Ragin Cajuns scored 67 points in the first half of their most recent game and are averaging 101.3 points per game. Johnathan Stove led them with 16 points in their opener, then injured his heel and ankle in practice and missed the next two games. He may be ready to return today.

\u2022 The winner of this game faces the winner of a game between Wyoming and South Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The losers of the two games meet at noon Tuesday. The final round of the tournament is Wednesday.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

Iowa (3-0)

Ahmad Wagner;6-7;jr.;2.7

Tyler Cook;6-9;so.;12.3

Luka Garza;6-11;fr.;13.3

Isaiah Moss;6-5;so.;13.7

Jordan Bohannon;6-0;so.;9.7

Louisiana (2-1)

Johnathan Stove;6-4;sr.;16.0

Bryce Washington;6-6;sr.;12.3

JaKeenan Gant;6-8;jr.;14.3

Frank Bartley;6-3;sr.;12.7

Marcus Stroman;6-0;jr.;6.3

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Western Michigan was in a zone Sunday and so was Iowa\u2019s Makenzie Meyer.

The sophomore scored 13 of her career-high 21 points in the second quarter to lead the Hawkeyes to a 79-56 victory over Western Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Meyer knocked down eight of the 12 shots she attempted, including five of the eight looks she had from three-point range to help Iowa open a 45-21 halftime lead that went unchallenged.

\u201cIt felt pretty good to come out and knock down some shots,\u2019\u2019 Meyer said. \u201cBefore the start of the second quarter Kathryn Reynolds, our director of basketball operations, told me I needed to look for my shot a little more.\u2019\u2019

That proved to be good advice, allowing Iowa to build on the first-quarter work of Alexis Sevillian.

Making her second straight start in place of injured Kathleen Doyle, Sevillian scored 10 of her career-best 19 points during a tone-setting opening quarter.

Sevillian\u2019s work on the perimeter was complemented by the 15-point, 13-rebound performance of Megan Gustafson which started with six points in the paint in the first six minutes.

\u201cWe got what the defense gave us and my teammates did a great job of getting all of us open shots,\u2019\u2019 Sevillian said.

Iowa (4-0) finished with 24 assists on 29 baskets and benefitted from a season-low eight turnovers.

\u201cThe assists, that\u2019s something we talk a lot about,\u2019\u2019 coach Lisa Bluder said. \u201cWe ask our players to sometimes pass up a good shot in order for us to get a great shot and I\u2019m seeing them buy into that.\u2019\u2019

She particularly liked the ball movement she saw against the zone defenses the Broncos (2-2) threw at the Hawkeyes.

Bluder felt that led to Iowa to the looks it was getting on the perimeter, leading to a 11-of-26 performance from three-point range.

\u201cThat was the first time anyone has played any significant amount of zone against us and I felt like we handled it,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cThey wanted to slow us down but we moved the ball and shot the three well. It\u00a0was good to see Makenzie hit five of them.\u2019\u2019

Meyer, whose previous high of 16 points came last February against Ohio State,\u00a0credited teamwork\u00a0for making it happen.

\u201cWe\u2019re sharing the ball really well right now and when I got the open look, I shot,\u2019\u2019 she said.

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Five things to think about following the Iowa football team's 24-15 loss to Purdue on Saturday:

1. The good

Iowa's best punt of the day was delivered by quarterback Nate Stanley.

After being sacked for an 11-yard loss to leave the Hawkeyes in a fourth-and-20 predicament from the 34, Stanley dropped his second punt of the season on the Purdue 3-yard line.

He delivered a 31-yard effort that two plays later positioned Nathan Bazata to collect a safety which provided Iowa with its first points of the game.

Stanley, who punted in high school, now averages 39 yards per punt.

2. The bad

It was great to see senior offensive linemen Ike Boettger and Boone Myers walk onto the field Saturday for Senior Day ceremonies without the help of walking boots.

That is progress for the two seniors who were expected to anchor the Hawkeye offensive front.

The only thing better would have been to have seen the two in uniform, but that wasn't going to happen and that won't happen in Friday's regular-season finale at Nebraska.

Their absence is being felt. The consistency of Iowa's offensive line has been lacking in the on-the-job training program Tristan Wirfs and Alaric Jackson are taking part in.

Both will be fine in time, but remain works in progress and that has left quarterback Nate Stanley vulnerable.

He was sacked six times on Saturday. Purdue tackled four other Hawkeyes behind the line as well.

Stanley was hurried on two other occasions and ended up a quarterback rating of 97.2, his second-worst performance of the season but an improvement over the previous week's effort at Wisconsin.

The fundamental flaws and the mental ones - drive-killing penalties - are impacting an offense that has scored two touchdowns in its last eight quarters of football.

The objective of an effective front five its physically overmatch the opponent across the line. That's tough to do when you are frequently beating yourself.

3. The ugly

If you play cornerback, you're going to make plays.

And, you're going to get burned.

It's a high-visibility high-wire act that requires a certain ability to maintain focus from one play to the next.

\"As a defensive back, you don't want to give up a catch and you don't want to give up a touchdown,'' Iowa's Josh Jackson said following Saturday's game. \"If you do, you need to have short-term memory and you need to come back and make a play.''

Iowa lacked that focus early in the second half and it cost the Hawkeyes dearly.

With Jackson in lockdown mode on the left side, Purdue picked on the right cornerback and the one-on-one match-up it had there. Quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw six straight passes to Anthony Mahoungou during the first two drives of the third quarter.

Five were completed, two for game-turning touchdowns, and one drew a pass interference call on Manny Rugamba.

A 42-yard touchdown pass to Mahoungou ended Rugamba's day. Michael Ojemudia gave up a 35-yard pass play on Sindelar's next attempt and that ended the brief appearance of Ojemudia.

Freshman Matt Hankins replaced him and two plays later, Purdue was celebrating in the end zone again with a 21-9 lead.

Jackson was shifted from the left side to the right on the next series but the damage had been done and the hole was too deep for a struggling Iowa offense to overcome.

That stretch - taking only 3 minutes, 1 second - was as ugly as it gets for a pass defense that has generally been sound this season.

4. The reality

The numbers don't lie.

Struggle-filled performances the past two weeks have sent Iowa tumbling in national offensive statistics.

Among the 130 programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Hawkeyes woke up this morning to find themselves rated 117th in total offense, 107th in rushing offense, 87th passing offense and 87th in scoring offense.

Iowa ranks 112th in the country in first downs, 112th in red zone offense and 97th in third-down conversion percentage.

That's the reality of where Iowa is at right now.

For the fifth time this season, the Hawkeyes were held below 100 rushing yards on Saturday and the bottom line in each of those games has been a loss.

In the six games Iowa has topped 100 yards on the ground, the Hawkeyes have won.

The Hawkeyes averaged 2.2 yards per carry on Saturday, about two yards per attempt below where Iowa wants to be on running plays.

The Hawkeyes leaned toward the run against Purdue, particularly on first down where Iowa ran the ball on 17 of its 29 first-down snaps and averaged 2.5 yards per carry.

That doesn't cut it in Big Ten play.

The silver lining?

The Nebraska team Iowa plays on Friday is giving up 205.8 yards per game on the ground, 13th among Big Ten teams.

5. The moving on

Iowa doesn't have much time to dwell on Saturday's loss and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

With a game at Nebraska on Friday this week, that accelerates the Hawkeyes' preparations and Iowa's work on the Cornhuskers begins on the practice field today.

In this instance, being forced to flush the Purdue problems and turning attention to a Nebraska team dealing with its own collection of issues is probably not a bad thing.

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Thanks in part to inexcusable number of late-season cupcakes that top-rated teams feasted on Saturday, there really wasn't much of a chance for change at the top of my ballot for this week's Associated Press college football poll.

Alabama, Clemson and Auburn all routed nonconference opponents they had no business playing this late in the season, creating part of the stability that exists on a ballot which sees the top nine spots unchanged from a week ago.

Miami and Wisconsin withstood league challenges and line up behind the Crimson Tide at the top of my ballot.

Clemson and Oklahoma sit in fourth and fifth, with Ohio State, Auburn, Georgia, Penn State and Notre Dame rounding out my top 10.

Oklahoma State, 10th last week, drops to 16th after its loss to Kansas State.

The changes this week are where they have been continuously this season, in the bottom 7-8 spots and reflecting the parity that exists within that 18-40 range in college football.

Four of my bottom eight from a week ago lost last week.

Three -- West Virginia, North Carolina State and Army -- are not on this week's ballot. Michigan dropped four spots but hung in there at 25th after testing the Badgers on the road Saturday.

Joining the fray for now are a pair of 8-3 teams, LSU and Northwestern, and 9-2 Boise State.

Here is my ballot for this week's AP poll, which will be released early this afternoon:

1. Alabama

2. Miami (Fla.)

3. Wisconsin

4. Clemson

5. Oklahoma

6. Ohio State

7. Auburn

8. Georgia

9. Penn State

10. Notre Dame

11. USC

12. Central Florida

13. Washington State

14. Washington

15. TCU

16. Oklahoma State

17. Memphis

18. Stanford

19. Michigan State

20. Mississippi State

21. South Florida

22. LSU

23. Northwestern

24. Boise State

25. Michigan

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