Purdue OC Nord to miss Iowa game

Purdue is looking to snap a five-game losing streak when it goes to Iowa this weekend, and now the Boilermakers will have to overcome the absence of their offensive coordinator.

The team announced Friday that playcaller Gary Nord will not make the trip to Iowa City. Nord has been hospitalized since Wednesday after injuring his back and will remain under doctor's care at a Lafayette hospital.

Head coach Danny Hope and receivers coach Patrick Higgins will split the offensive coordinator duties during Saturday's game, a school spokesman told ESPN.com.

Purdue has averaged just 17.2 points during its five game-skid. In the last four of those games, the Boilermakers have scored a touchdown on their opening possession, only to stall for large stretches of game time.