WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Reporters tried various ways to lure C.J. Beathard into handicapping the Hawkeyes quarterback position. The sophomore from Tennessee refused to bite.
Beathard politely told the media to ask the coaches. It was their decision. He was going to prepare like he always had going forward.
Iowa enters a bye week before welcoming Indiana to Kinnick Stadium on Oct. 11 for Homecoming. Jake Rudock is expected to be healthy for that contest. Coach Kirk Ferentz isn't saying if Rudock or Beathard will start behind center.
"It's the same as I approach any bye week, just mentally prepare and practice hard," Beathard said. "The reps I get I'm going to do the best I can with those reps."
Rudock, a junior, had started Iowa's previous 17 games before Beathard took the reigns on Saturday. Rudock injured his hip at Pittsburgh last week. While he was cleared medically to play against Purdue, Ferentz said he didn't want to risk further injury.
Beathard completed 17 of 37 passes (there were about a half dozen drops) for 245 yards and a touchdown. He threw an ill-advised first quarter ball that was returned for a touchdown, the Boilermakers only one of the day.
Beathard settled down after a shaky start against Purdue. He's now led the Hawkeyes on seven scoring drives (five touchdowns) in the last six quarters.
"It was a my first start ever. I was a little nervous going into it but those go away real fast. The Pick-6, that was my mistake; bad play. I wish we could have that one back but we won the game. That's all that matters," the sophomore said.
You can watch all of Beathard's postgame interview from Purdue right here: