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Trailing 9-7 entering the second half in Iowa City, quarterback Elijah Sindelar and wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou set about turning the tide against Iowa right after the kickoff. Targeting Mahoungou on four straight passes, Sindelar's last completion to the Frenchman on the drive proved to be the biggest. Taking the snap from shotgun formation at the Iowa 42-yard line, Sindelar found his target early ...
... looking immediately in Mahoungou's direction, the sophomore signal-caller threw a perfect pass over the top of the defender right into his target's hands at the 12-yard line. The senior wide receiver easily took it the rest of the way for the score and a 14-9 Purdue lead.
So Says Anthony
"Elijah threw me the ball a couple times before that play, and we were able to get the offense rolling to start the second half. Before the snap on that play, I saw that the corner had decided to play me using a press technique. I looked at Elijah while he is getting ready to snap the ball, he quickly turned his head toward me, and we made eye contact. Behind my visor, a little smirk appeared, I knew the ball is coming my way. The play started, I ran past my defender and saw the ball in the air, at this point, the smirk is gone, I am in my zone. I didn't think, I just saw and caught. I knew the defender was not going to catch me, and I crossed the line of the end zone. No time to celebrate, I want more..."
What it Meant
Mahoungou would catch five straight passes from Sindelar to open the second half, including a 16-yard touchdown on the following drive to give the Boilermakers a 21-9 lead on the road. Purdue, which needed to win its final two games against Iowa and Indiana to be eligible for the postseason, would go on to defeat the Hawkeyes 24-15 to set up a crucial, must-win game against Indiana.