David Bell knows he could not accomplish his big game alone.

It would be understandable for Bell to puff his chest and take a heavy dose of the credit for Saturday’s win by the Boilermakers. In the 24-20 win over Iowa, Bell was a destructive force for the Purdue offense.

Missing fellow star receiver Rondale Moore and head coach Jeff Brohm, Bell stepped up in a big way with 13 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. That includes the game-winning score with just over two minutes left in the game. Bell’s numbers were a game-high for either team.

When asked to discuss the win on Monday, Bell deflected a large portion of the credit. He pointed to great play calls made by Brian Brohm and the work of QB Aidan O’Connell to find him with the ball:

“I just think the correct play calls on the type of defense they run, just putting me in the right position,” said Bell, “And also Aidan (O’Connell) reading the defenses pretty good and seeing me wide open was a good thing.”

Even if Bell will not accept the credit, he definitely deserves plenty of praise. He stepped up for his team in a big way to start the season.