WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. Senior Mike Daniels rarely lets a smile crack his face, but he was grinning Saturday.
Daniels and Broderick Binns made life miserable for the Purdue quarterbacks and sparked the Iowa defense to its best performance of the season.
“Me and Mike, being fifth-year players and the most experienced players, we have to step up and make plays when we needed them,” Binns said. “Today that happened.”
Daniels had four 5½ tackles for loss on the season coming into the game,and had four Saturday, including two sacks. Binns added a sack, and they were applying constant pressure.
“Those are two veteran players that we are counting on,” Ferentz said. “They have a lot of energy out there and everybody fed off of that.”
The defense gave up a season-low 282 yards and forced three of the four Boilermaker turnovers.
Binns’ pressure on Robert Marve led to Tanner Miller’s second interception.
“Broderick played a heck of a game,” Daniels said. “He’s an inspiration for the whole defense to play better. I know he really gets me going.
“Doing the right thing catches up to you, and Broderick does the right thing.
The duo also led the team in tackles, Daniels with eight and Binns with seven.
“It feels good,” Binns said. “We were out there having a good time, celebrating. We know it’s not 2009 when Adrian (Clayborn) had 11 sacks … we’ve got to be happy with anything we get.”
MORE RECORDS FOR McNUTT: Marvin McNutt caught a 26-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive and a 51-yard catch in the fourth quarter for his 11th and 12th scoring catches of the season.
McNutt tied and then broke the single-season record for receiving touchdowns (11) set by Maurice Brown in 2002.
But the senior was upset about the touchdown catch he dropped.
“I was pissed off,” McNutt said of the drop. “I was real mad especially knowing it’s a touchdown. You don’t drop those.”
McNutt seldom does. He finished with nine catches for 151 yards.
PROTECTED RIVAL: Iowa and Purdue might have been thrown together as protected rivals without a strong reason, but the two teams showed a little animosity at the end of the game.
After Purdue’s apparent touchdown was ruled a fumble and Iowa took over, the first knee by Vandenberg ended up in personal foul flags for both sides, a lot of jawing and a punch thrown by Dwayne Beckford that got him ejected.
“One shove led to another shove,” Vandenberg said. “It was one of those stupid situations. We’ve got to make sure we’re smart; got to stay away fromthat.”
NO REDSHIRT FOR MCCALL: The mystery of running back Mika’il McCall and his eligibility was answered Saturday when the true freshman came into the game in the second quarter.
McCall injured his ankle in the season-opener and according to Ferentz, has been cleared to play the past three weeks. But he continued to sit out.
The speculation was that McCall may try for a medical hardship to get an extra year of eligibility.
But McCall came into the game in the second quarter and had two carries for four yards. But on his second carry he fumbled it at the Purdue 7-yard-line and wasn’t seen from again.
“We had planned that going in,” Ferentz said of McCall’s playing time. “It didn’t work out today. He’ll bounce back. I’ve been really impressed by Mika’il.”
INJURY REPORT: Freshman running back Jordan Canzeri suffered a hamstring injury in practice and didn’t make the trip to Purdue.
Linebackers James Morris and Tyler Nielsen missed time Saturday but returned to action.
Ferentz said Canzeri may be cleared this week and didn’t see any other injuries becoming problems.
BOWL UPDATE: Two bowl games were at the game Saturday — the Ticket City Bowl and the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl.
Purdue (5-6) needs to win at Indiana next week to be bowl-eligible.
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