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PITTSBURGH, Pa – C.J. Beathard was the spark Iowa needed to jump start a stagnant offense.  Beathard led the Hawkeyes to 17 points in the second half, and a 24-20 win at Pittsburgh.

Starting quarterback Jake Rudock left with a knee injury at halftime.  Meanwhile, Beathard completed 7 of 8 passes for 98 yards.  One of Beathard’s passes was a 62-yard catch  by Damon Powell, Iowa’s longest play of the year.

When asked about his quarterbacks after the game, Kirk Ferentz told ESPN, “it’s a good thing to deal with, but we have faith in both guys.”

Who do you think should start at Purdue next week?  Comment below, or send us a Tweet using the hashtag #13now to join the debate.


  • Ron Hamilton

    Why would anyone doubt Jake? He had 2 longballs that his recievers dropped. One was even flipped up in the air for the defense to pick off. Jake is a good QB. It’s nice to have this problem. We need to pick it up on the defense of the pass. That’s a Big problem for the Hawks!

  • jim smith

    Face it neither are gonna win much. Just luck the long ball was caught yesterday and Pitt didn’t score another td.

  • Statistical Anomaly

    CJ has the intangible quality of acting as a catalyst that inspires his teammates to play up to their potential. Jake, unfortunately, does not.

  • Casey

    Jake is a good Qb but beathard seems to give a boost to the team that Jake cannot and if it’s not broke don’t fix it. Cj has an obvious chemistry with the team even the defense played better just saying

  • Jeremy Haines

    I don’t think we’ve seen enough of Beathard to really give an accurate opinion. I recall a certain quarterback who played an awesome game at Ohio state when Stanzi went down. Turned out to be just an average qb.

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