After a tremendous performance in leading the Iowa Hawkeyes in come-from-behind fashion to defeat rival Iowa State, quarterback C.J. Beathard claims some honors this week as he was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the distinction with Nebraska running back Terrell Newby.
Beathard was an integral part of Iowa's big victory over the Cyclones on Saturday. Not only is he the vocal leader of the team and keep everything in check offensively, he also kept the team in the game in the first half nearly by himself. He threw a rocket to wide receiver Tevaun Smith for a touchdown, but he did most of his damage on the ground in the first half. Beathard was just shy of 100 yards rushing in the first half, including using his legs to squirt out of a couple dangerous situations deep inside their own territory in third and long scenarios.
In the second half, Beathard went to work in the passing game. He and receiver Matthew VandeBerg hooked up several times, including a long strike down the middle of the field that converted a third and 21. The other big play was a strike to Riley McCarron in the corner of the end zone off of a double move that put the Hawkeyes up for good.
It was just his first start in the Cy-Hawk rivalry, but Beathard handled it with flying colors. He finished the evening 15-25 passing for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also tallied 77 yards rushing on 10 carries.
The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and the rest of the Iowa Hawkeyes take on Pittsburgh this Saturday night in Kinnick Stadium.