No. 6 Iowa tops Purdue 40-20, clinches Big Ten West

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IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 21: Wide receiver Matt VandeBerg #89 of the Iowa Hawkeyes dives for the pylon in the first half in front of cornerback Frankie Williams #24 of the Purdue Boilermakers on November 21, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes and No. 6 Iowa clinched a share of the Big Ten West title and a spot in the league championship game with a 40-20 win over Purdue on Saturday.

LeShun Daniels Jr. ran for two TDs for the Hawkeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP), who’ll play at Nebraska next week in search of their first 12-0 regular season.

Iowa let Purdue get within 20-13 in the third quarter. But Beathard’s 22-yard TD pass to Henry Krieger-Coble with 8:40 left sealed yet another victory for the Hawkeyes.

Austin Appleby had 259 yards passing to lead Purdue (2-9, 1-6), which will play for the Old Oaken Bucket next week against Indiana.

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