C.J. Beathard Leads Hawkeyes to Blowout 42-3 Win Over Rival Cyclones

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Cy-Hawk trophy staying in Iowa City was never in doubt on Saturday night as Iowa dominated in-state rival Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium.

The No. 16 Hawkeyes jumped all over the Cyclones early, as many expected, and ultimately won 42-3 in the 64th all-time meeting between the schools.

Iowa outgained Iowa State 435-291 in total yards and was led by outstanding quarterback play from C.J. Beathard, who registered one of the best games of his career and particularly shined in the first half. The senior completed 19-of-28 passes for 238 yards overall and scored four total touchdowns. 

The dynamic running back tandem for Iowa also showed up in a big way as LeShun Daniels carried the ball 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Akrum Wadley flashed his elusiveness and posted two total touchdowns on the night.

(Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

(Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

The Cyclones' top wide receiver Allen Lazard reeled in seven catches for 111 yards against the Hawkeyes, but that was just about the only highlight of the night for his squad.

Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning was replaced by backup Jacob Park in the second half after struggling mildly as he completed just 8-of-20 passes for 86 yards and one interception.

Daniels and Wadley both scored on touchdown runs in the second half to extend Iowa’s already comfortable lead, but this matchup was essentially over by the end of the first half when Iowa went into the locker room with a 28-3 lead.

The second quarter featured Beathard sneaking in for a touchdown from 1-yard out, as well as the quarterback finding wide receiver Matt VandeBerg on a difficult rollout pass in the corner of the end zone for a 12-yard score.

The two touchdowns came after Beathard connected with tight end George Kittle for a 9-yard score and then Wadley on a 26-yard touchdown by the 5:42 mark in the first quarter.

With the win, Kirk Ferentz, who signed an extension through 2025 on Tuesday, now holds a 9-9 all-time record against Iowa State. His team is also 2-0 on the year and extended their winning streak at home to nine games.

The Cyclones fall to 0-2 after two straight disappointing efforts and continue to search for answers in Matt Campbell’s first season at the helm.

In their next games on Sept. 17, the Hawkeyes host North Dakota State and the Cyclones travel to TCU.