Rob Report: 2 Quarterbacks, No Problem

The two-quarterback system Iowa planned on using Saturday worked out well as the Hawkeyes dropped Indiana, 45-29, at Kinnick Stadium. Coach Kirk Ferentz talked about his signal callers in the Rob Report, which also includes an injury update, news and notes.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - If Saturday served as an audition for playing time, Jake Rudock looked like the leading man. C.J. Beathard showed well in a supporting role.

Together, Iowa's quarterbacks turned in an admirable performance in a 45-29 win against Indiana. The Hawkeyes rolled up 426 yards of offense in scoring 38 points, by far their best output of 2014.

Rudock started for the 18th time in the last 19 games and played all of the first quarter. In that period, he threw touchdown passes of 72 and 12 yards. The junior saw his first action since injuring his hip in the first half at Pitt on Sept. 20.

Beathard came in for a series early in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes went three and out on it. Rudock finished out the half and and ran the first two possessions of the third quarter.

The Hawkeyes turned back to Beathard late in the third period. After another three and out, he engineered a key touchdown drive that increased the lead to 45-21 with 13:17 to play in the game. He picked up 20 yards on a designed run to gain the first down on a third and nine.

Coming into the game, Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz didn't make it public how he would use his quarterbacks, only that Rudock would start.

"You play things by feel," he said. "And nothing's really changed. We like both guys."

Ferentz committed to playing two quarterbacks against Indiana. The coach stopped short of doing that Saturday when asked about next Saturday's game at Maryland.

"We'll see. We'll cross that bridge when we get there," Ferentz said. "If we do, I'll feel good about it. I like the way Jake and C.J. work. They practice well."

Rudock finished 19 of 27 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Beathard completed 2 of 5 passes for nine yards during his three series. He added 28 yards rushing on four carries.

"I walk away feeling about like I did coming in here," Ferentz said. "That's the one position where I think we have two guys we can win with. And that's a really good thing."

Ferentz said that Tyler Wiegers worked with Iowa's offense during the bye week while Rudock rested. The true freshman is not set to play unless the two guys ahead of him get hurt.

"He got better as well," Ferentz said.

INJURY REPORT: Iowa lost starting right guard Jordan Walsh to an ankle injury on the game's first series. He did not return.

"I don't think anything too bad," Ferentz said. "Can he play next week? We'll probably know more (Sunday) or maybe Monday and Tuesday."

Two players in the two-deep did not dress on Saturday due to undisclosed injuries. Receiver Derrick Willies and offensive lineman Boone Myers were sidelined.

"We're hopeful to have them both next week," Ferentz said. "Probably know more (Sunday) and know more Tuesday when we talk."

Damon Bullock and Matt Vandeberg returned on Saturday after missing the Purdue game due to health. Macon Plewa got back on the field for the first time since the Ball State game on Sept. 6.

NEXT MAN IN: With Walsh going down, the Hawkeyes turned to fifth-year senior walk-on Tommy Gaul. The West Des Moines Dowling Catholic product saw the first meaningful playing time of his career, sliding in at center and pushing Austin Blythe to Walsh's right guard spot.

"Teammates love the guy," Ferentz said of Gaul. "They singled him out here after the post game (in the locker room). It's fun when you see things like that and you can feel really good about what he did to help us win today."

EXTRA-POINTS: Iowa's 28 points first-quarter points was the most it scored in the opening period since putting up 28 against Ball State on Sept. 3, 2005…The 38 first-half points the Hawkeyes notched tied for the most they've posted in the opening 30 minutes in a conference game under Kirk Ferentz (Minnesota, 2005)…10 different Hawkeyes caught a pass today, the fourth time this season at least 10 of them recorded a reception. Iowa is 4-0 in those games…QB Jake Rudock’s 72-yard touchdown pass to WR Damond Powell was Iowa’s longest play this season…CB Desmond King recorded his first career interception in the first quarter. King returned the interceptions 35 yards for a touchdown…DE Nate Meier recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-best four solo stops. LB Reggie Spearman tied his career high with seven tackles. DE Drew Ott tied a career high with 1.5 sacks…The Hawkeyes have played 49 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the longest streak of any school in the nation. Iowa has converted on 143 consecutive PATs during the streak…Mark Weisman's two rushing touchdowns pushed his career total to 24, tying David Hudson for fourth in program history. (Shaw, 33; Banks, 33; Betts, 25).


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