PITTSBURGH - Iowa left Heinz Field Saturday with a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Pittsburgh. It also exited here with a quarterback "situation."
Ok, perhaps it's a controversy or headed that way. If you haven't done so, please pick a side.
Jake Rudock has started the last 17 games for Iowa, including this one against the Panthers. When he went down with an injury late in the second quarter, C.J. Beathard led three second-half scoring drives, two that ended in touchdowns, during a 24-20 win.
"This isn't the first time we've seen (Beathard) do good things," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We have two good quarterbacks. Usually if you have two (quarterbacks) you don't have any, but this is a situation where we have two."
Rudock played well in the first quarter Saturday but the Iowa offense ran just five plays in the second period because the Panthers possessed the ball for most of the period. He finished 5 of 10 for 80 yards and a touchdown while Beathard ended up 7 of 80 for 98.
Ferentz said Rudock's injury did not appear serious. The coach did not commit to who would be behind center next week should both quarterbacks be healthy enough to play at Purdue.
"I don't know that. I can't answer that. How can I know that? I'm sure we'll see some opinions," Ferentz said.
While the coach plays the role of Switzerland and the fans take a side, the principles remain united.
"We don't read into it. We don't let that fuel us," Beathard said. "Our relationship doesn't change. He was supportive of me while I was in there just like I'm supportive of him. We're friends."
Rudock suffered a sprain, Ferentz. The coach did not say where the injury was located.
"I don't think it's anything devastating but we'll probably know more (Sunday)," Ferentz said.
Riley McCarron returned to the lineup after hurting his shoulder on Kids Day last month. He stepped in for Matt Vandeberg to return punts.
QB: Rudock, Beathard, Wiegers.
RB: Wiesman, Bullock, Canzeri, Kenny, Daniels, Parker.
WR: Martin-Manley, T. Smith, Vandeberg, Willies, Powell, McCarron, Stone, Hillyer.
TE: Hamilton, Duzey, Krieger Coble, Kittle.
OL: Scherff, Welsh, Blythe, Walsh, Donnal, Myers, Gaul, Croston, Simmons, Ward, Keppy, Boettger.
DL: Rathjen, Bazata, Ott, Hardy, Meier, Spears, Davis, Trinca-Pasat, Johnson, Ekakitie.
LB: Gilson, Perry, Jewell, Bower, Niemann, Spearman, Fisher, Alston.
DB: King, Fleming, Mabin, Solomon, K. Ward, Draper, Lomax, Lowdermilk, Gair, Rucker, Taylor.
ST: Ellis, Koehn, Kidd, Kornbrath, Kluver.
Kick Return: Canzeri/Parker, Weisman, Fisher, Krieger Coble, Jewell, Powell, Kenny, Hillyer, Perry, Kittle, Niemann.
Kick Coverage: Gair, Fisher, Taylor, Fleming, Jewell, Koehn, Spearman, Rucker, King, Perry, Kittle.
Punt Return: McCarron, Spearman, Bower, King, Lowdermilk. Davis, Trinca-Pasat, Ott, Meier, Alston, Fleming/Mabin.
Punt Coverage: Kidd, Kluver, Fleming, Rucker, Perry, Spearman, Fisher, Hillyer, Taylor, Niemann, Fisher.
EXTRA-POINTS: Iowa has won three straight road games, and five of its last six on the road…Each of Iowa’s four games this season has been decided by one possession. It marks the first time in school history Iowa opened the season with four straight games decided by one possession…Iowa converted on all three fourth-down attempts. The Hawkeyes are 6-for-7 on fourth down this season…K Marshall Koehn connected on a 52-yard field goal in the third quarter (0:48). It was a career long and ties for the eighth longest in school history. Koehn recorded a touchback on all five kickoff attempts, raising his season total to 16…Redshirt freshman DB Malik Rucker made his Hawkeye debut today. Rucker appeared on special teams. WR Riley McCarron made his season debut…SS John Lowdermilk led Iowa and tied his career best with a game-high 11 tackles.