Purdue wide receiver Antavian Edison left, is tackled at the one-yard line by Wisconsin defensive back Dezmen Southward after picking up 52 yards on the first play of the game in an NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Updated: Tuesday, 06 Nov 2012, 8:14 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 06 Nov 2012, 8:14 PM EST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue is running out of time to save its season.
The Boilermakers have lost their first five Big Ten games and need to win out to become bowl-eligible. Purdue (3-6, 0-5) travels to Iowa on Saturday with its season on the line.
The Boilermakers said they were fired up after the previous week's 44-28 loss at Minnesota and expected a better performance last Saturday against Penn State.
Purdue grabbed an early lead against the Nittany Lions before falling apart and losing 34-9.
The Boilermakers went 3-1 in nonconference play, including a close loss to Notre Dame, but they have been outscored 189-86 in league games. Hope said the message to his players is that he still believes in them, but they need to get it together.