Bell scores three TDs, Boilermakers outlast Hawkeyes for 24-20 victory

Aidan O'Connell threw for 289 yards and connected with David Bell for three touchdowns in Purdue's win over Iowa.
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The Aidan O’Connell-to-David Bell connection was working for the Boilermakers on Saturday as Purdue beat Iowa 24-20 in the Big Ten’s opening weekend of play.

Bell scored three touchdowns and racked up 122 yards on 13 receptions, and Purdue (1-0) came out on top in the back-and-forth battle with Iowa (0-1).

O’Connell was 32 of 51 for 289 yards. He connected with Bell for three touchdowns and also threw two interceptions.

Down by three, the Boilermakers recovered a fumble with six minutes remaining. O’Connell and company drove down the field for the final score, a six-yard pass to Bell, to put Purdue up 24-20.

The Hawkeyes got the ball back with one last chance but were unable to convert on a fourth-and-10 with just over a minute left. Purdue’s defense sealed the deal with the stop, and the Boilermakers celebrated opening the 2020 season with a win.


Purdue: The Boilermakers play at Illinois next Saturday.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes play Northwestern at home next Saturday.