RUDOCK RESTS: Jake Rudock was cleared to play if needed Saturday, but the combination of a dominating defensive performance and enough offense to get by allowed Iowa to rest its starting quarterback in the 24-10 win at Purdue.
“He would not have been 100 percent,’’ coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We did not want to put him out there if we didn’t have to and put him at risk of going backwards.’’
Rudock suffered what is now being labeled a hip pointer in Iowa’s win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 20 and missed a couple of days of practice during the past week.
He did go through pregame warm-ups and showed decent mobility, but watched the game from the sideline as C.J. Beathard made his starting debut.
“Things worked out about as well as we could have hoped,’’ Ferentz said.
Tyler Wiegers, the only other quarterback on scholarship at Iowa, made the trip but Iowa coaches hope to redshirt him this season.
FOR STARTERS: Beathard became the first Iowa quarterback to win his first career start on the road since Jason Manson quarterbacked the Hawkeyes to a win at Syracuse in 2006.
Beathard’s start ended a string of 17 consecutive starts by Rudock.
ROOKIE ROLE: Jonathan Parker had a career-long 47-yard kickoff return against the Boilermakers and recorded the first receptions of his career. The redshirt freshman caught two passes for 43 yards, including a 34-yard grab which led Iowa to a game-tying field goal during a 15-play, 78-yard drive during the second quarter.
HITTING THE HIGHWAY: Because of air traffic control issues throughout the Chicago region on Friday, Iowa ended up traveling by bus to Purdue on Friday.
Four buses transported the Hawkeyes from Iowa City to West Lafayette.
“The charter service did a great job of locating buses to get us here,’’ Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta said.
The Hawkeyes returned to Cedar Rapids on a charter flight following Saturday’s game.
SIDELINED: Running back Damon Bullock and receiver Matt VandeBerg did not make the trip to Purdue for Iowa after suffering late-week injuries on the practice field. Both injuries were described as “short term.’’
As expected, fullback Macon Plewa did not make the trip. Plewa did take snaps in practice last week and is expected to return to full participation as Iowa prepares for Indiana following this week’s bye week.
PICK SIX: The 39-yard interception return by Frankie Williams for Purdue’s first points of the game marked the first pick six by an Iowa opponent since Michigan’s Brennan Beyer returned an interception seven yards for a score in a game last season at Kinnick Stadium.
It was Williams’ second interception of the season and first Purdue that returned for a touchdown since Josh Johnson and Ricardo Allen returned picks for scores in a 2012 game against Marshall.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Kevonte Martin-Manley and Mark Weisman continued to climb Iowa career charts with productive days Saturday.
With his 23-yard touchdown catch in the final minute of the third quarter, Martin-Manley moved into the fifth spot on Iowa’s career receiving charts. He caught five balls for 74 yards, passing Danan Hughes and Ronnie Harmon who each had 146 career receptions. Martin-Manley now has 148 catches, four shy of Kahlil Hill in the fourth spot on the Iowa list.
Weisman rushed for 76 yards on 24 carries, making him the 13th back in Iowa history to run for 2,000 yards. Weisman now has 2,050 yards and passed Marcus Coker to move into 12th on the Iowa career list.
FRUSTRATING DAY: Purdue quarterback Danny Etling said Iowa didn’t surprise the Boilermakers with anything, but dealing with the Hawkeyes proved to be a different story.
While Iowa ran a season-high 88 plays, Purdue was limited to an average of 2.5 yards on its 62 plays as it compiled 156 yards of offense.
“They didn’t show us anything we didn’t already know,’’ said Etling, who was sacked four times, intercepted twice and forced into a pair of quarterback hurries. “We just need to change the protection. It’s unacceptable and we need to get it fixed.’’
A TIMELY BREAK: Iowa has the first of two October bye weeks during the upcoming week.
“It’s a good time for it,’’ Weisman said. “We’ve been going at it for a couple of months now and guys are a little banged up. We can use a bit of a break to heal a bit and get ready for the rest of the Big Ten season.’’
— Steve Batterson