The Hawkeyes need one more win to become bowl eligible and their best chance for that win might be on Saturday. Iowa visits Purdue, who is 1-7 overall and has their first six-game losing streak in 20 years and has been shutout two weeks in a row.
The 5-4 Hawkeyes have their own issues. Iowa has scored just 19 points in regulation over the last two weeks and are now tied for 11th in the Big Ten at 25 points per game.
The rushing game is now averaging just 4 yards per carry and the passing game isn't much better -- with just 205 yards per game with 12 TDs and 10 interceptions.
The Hawks say they just need to get back to the basics.
"Once you get the running game going it's easier to throw those play-action passes in and that opens up the passing game a lot more," said junior tackle Brandon Scherff. "We've got to a do a better job with our details and not getting those penalties and really focus in on trying to improve."
"We got to play more physical out there and play Iowa football," said running back Mark Weisman. "Iowa football has a lot to do with playing physical and running the ball out there. Obviously we really haven't been doing that lately. We've got to get back to that and get back to it this week and see where that takes us."
Iowa and Purdue play at 11:00 am Saturday on the Big Ten Network. The Hawkeyes are favored by 15 points.
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