IOWA CITY, Iowa – Quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw for 229 yards and a career-high three touchdown passes and Purdue beat Iowa 24-15 Saturday to move within a game of bowl eligibility.
Anthony Mahoungou had 135 yards receiving, catching two of those Sindelar TD receptions in the opening 3:01 of the second half for the Boilermakers (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten).
The Boilermakers won their first Big Ten road game of the year and snapped Iowa’s four-game win streak in the series.
Purdue went 75 yards in just three plays to open the third quarter, a drive capped by Mahoungou’s 42-yard TD grab. The Boilermakers then needed just three more plays to go up 21-9 on Mahoungou’s 16-yard score with 11:59 to go in the third.
Noah Fant caught a 6-yard TD for Iowa (6-5, 3-5) with 1:04 to go, but Nate Stanley’s two-point conversion toss was incomplete.
Stanley had 176 yards passing for the Hawkeyes. But Stanley was sacked six times, and Iowa will finish with a losing record in the Big Ten for the first time since 2012.
Purdue, under first-year coach Jeff Brohm, can become bowl eligible with a win over rival Indiana next Saturday in West Lafayette in the annual Old Oaken Bucket game.