Iowa football: Stopping Purdue’s offensive trio key to winning Saturday’s game

IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 18: Running back D.J. Knox #1 of the Purdue Boilermakers is brought down in the second quarter by linebacker Ben Niemann #44 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 18, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 18: Running back D.J. Knox #1 of the Purdue Boilermakers is brought down in the second quarter by linebacker Ben Niemann #44 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 18, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /
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IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 18: Running back D.J. Knox #1 of the Purdue Boilermakers is brought down in the second quarter by linebacker Ben Niemann #44 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 18, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 18: Running back D.J. Knox #1 of the Purdue Boilermakers is brought down in the second quarter by linebacker Ben Niemann #44 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 18, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /

The Iowa football team faces a talented Purdue team Saturday. The key to winning will be stopping their trio of dynamic offensive players.

It’s time to finally move on and focus on this upcoming week’s game. Last week was a tough loss to swallow for Iowa football fans, but there are still four games left in the season and the Hawks have another tough game Saturday against the Purdue Boilermakers.

Although recent history hasn’t been kind to Purdue when they face off versus a Kirk Ferentz-led squad, Purdue actually has the upper hand on Iowa. A win Saturday would further close the gap between these two teams historically and put the Iowa football team one step closer to winning the Big Ten West.

In past weeks, we typically highlight the three key matchups that Iowa will need to win in order to emerge victorious from their games. This week we are changing it up a little bit because of what Purdue brings to the table. The Boilermakers are 97th in the nation in yards allowed per game, so we know their defense isn’t exactly a strength despite returning several starters from last year’s program.

Their offense, however, has been lighting up the scoreboard consistently this season. Led by senior quarterback David Blough and offensive weapons DJ Knox and Rondale Moore, this Boilermaker squad is pretty adept at scoring.

The Iowa football team has shown they can put up points against bad defenses (just look at Minnesota or Indiana as a reference), and they’ve shown that their top-ranked defense can withstand some tough challenges (such as stuffing Penn State last week). They, however, have yet to face a trio like these guys so far this season, which is why we will be outlining what each guy brings to the table and how the Hawks match up.