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The highest-graded players from Purdue's win over Iowa, 38-36

Nov 3, 2018; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers running back D.J. Knox (1) runs against Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end Sam Brincks (90) and Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end Anthony Nelson (98) at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

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Spencer Evans converted a 25-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to seal a 38-36 victory for Purdue. The Boilermakers have now won five of their last six contests, and the team is now firmly back in the Big Ten's West Division title hunt.

[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5 Overall

Purdue offense

Terry Wright, WR – 80.9 overall grade
 David Blough, QB – 77.4 overall grade
 Isaac Zico, WR – 69.7 overall grade
 Shane Evan, G – 67.1 overall grade
 D.J. Knox, RB – 64.0 overall grade

Purdue defense

Jacob Thieneman, S – 78.6 overall grade
Giovanni Reviere, EDGE – 69.9 overall grade
Antonio Blackmon, CB – 67.7 overall grade
Simeon Smiley, CB – 66.3 overall grade
Markus Bailey, LB – 64.1 overall grade

Iowa offense

Alaric Jackson, T – 83.3 overall grade
Ross Reynolds, G – 78.7 overall grade
Noah Fant, TE – 70.7 overall grade
Nate Stanley, QB – 68.4 overall grade
Ivory Kelly-Martin, RB – 68.4 overall grade

Iowa defense

Amani Hooker, CB – 91.7 overall grade
Anthony Nelson, EDGE – 84.0 overall grade
Sam Brincks, DI – 80.7 overall grade
Geno Stone, S – 74.2 overall grade
Jake Gervase, S – 73.0 overall grade

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