DALLAS (FWAA) Behind a career day for wide
receiver David Bell and a staunch defense that forced six turnovers,
the Purdue Boilermakers went into Kinnick Stadium
and knocked off the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes 24-7 to earn the
Cheez-It Bowl National Team of the Week honor for games
of the weekend of Oct. 16, as selected by the Football Writers
Association of America.
This is the third time for Purdue (4-2) to earn this honor from
the FWAA and first since 2018, when on the same weekend of the season
(Oct. 20) the Boilermakers beat then-No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20. All
Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.
Similar to that 2018 upset, Purdue never trailed and used a stout
defensive effort to pull off the upset on the road. The Boilermakers
intercepted four passes and held Iowa to 271 total yards, only 76
on the ground. The defense harassed the Hawkeyes with 10 tackles-for-loss
and four sacks.
Meanwhile, Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell hit 30-of-40 passes
for 378 yards and two touchdowns, ran for a score for the first
time in his career, and set up Bell for a career day. Bell finished
with 11 catches for a career-best 240 yards, the second-best receiving
day in Purdue history that included a Boilermakers' season-long
60-yard reception. Bell now has 14 career games with at least 100
receiving yards, tied for the most in program history.
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm kept Iowa guessing throughout, including
using three different quarterbacks on a first-and-goal series in
the first quarter. O'Connell played the bulk of the time but both
second-string Jack Plummer and Austin Burton contributed beyond
that first series.
"I didn't know if it was going to work or not," Brohm
said. "But we wanted to have some creativity and let our guys
go out and play and throw some punches."
Purdue has won two in a row over Iowa and four of the last five
in the series and is 3-2 at Kinnick Stadium since 2012. The Boilermakers
host Wisconsin at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on the Big Ten Network. They
have won three of their last four against the Badgers.
This is the 20th season the FWAA will select a national team
of the week. Each honored team will receive a custom Cheez-It "care
package" along with a hand-crafted game ball made in America
by Dallas-based Big Game USA, the nation's leading manufacturer
of custom footballs.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 16 are:
Oklahoma State (6-0): Tanner Brown's fourth
field goal of the game gave the Cowboys their first lead and
Spencer Sanders' scrambling 10-yard touchdown run with 2:18
to play capped a 32-24 victory over No. 25 Texas on Saturday
to keep the No. 12 Cowboys undefeated. Jason Taylor II's 85-yard
interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter kept
the Cowboys in the game as OSU came back from 17-3 and 24-13
deficits in Austin.
ULM (3-3): The Warhawks won on Calum Sutherland's
53-yard field goal with 1:44 left, but it was a 28-point third
quarter that surged ULM to its third win over the season, beating
Liberty 31-28 at Malone Stadium. ULM, 32-point underdogs, got
three interceptions while quarterback Chandler Rogers was 9-for-9
for 91 yards in the pivotal quarter.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America
consists of journalists, broadcasters, publicists, photographers and key executives
in all areas of college football. The FWAA works to govern media access and gameday
operations while presenting awards and honors, including an annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its programs and initiatives, contact Executive
Director Steve Richardson at 214-870-6516 or email@example.com.
About the Cheez-It Bowl
The Cheez-It Bowl takes place on
Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 5:45 p.m. ET in Orlando, Fla. The postseason contest is hosted
by Florida Citrus Sports, a Central Florida-based nonprofit, and annually features
top teams from the Atlantic Coast and Big 12 Conferences. Cheez-It®, the best-selling
cracker brand in the United States, signed on as the game's title sponsor in 2020
as part of its season-long support of college football. Last bowl season, No. 21
Oklahoma State beat No. 18 Miami 37-34 in front of an audience of Cheez-It "Wheel
Live Fans." This year's Cheez-It Bowl will be the 32nd edition of the game and its
21st in Orlando.
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