Iowa's Beathard wins national award
C.J. Beathard’s fourth-quarter heroics against Iowa State were seen by plenty.
The Hawkeye quarterback threw two touchdowns in the final two-and-a-half minutes at Iowa State to bring the Cy-Hawk Trophy back to Iowa City.
As a result of that late dominance, Beathard earned some national recognition. The junior signal-caller was selected as the Manning Quarterback of the Week.
Beathard got the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.
Beathard’s top competition came from Washington State’s Luke Falk, who completed 47-of-66 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-34 win at Rutgers. Third in voting was Paxton Lynch from Memphis who led the Tigers to a blowout win on the road over Kansas, 55-23, to snap a 19-game losing streak against Power Five teams.
In just his third start, Beathard is already making Kirk Ferentz’s decision to start him over Jake Rudock look like a good one. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 thanks to Beathard’s 426 passing yards and four touchdown tosses, in addition to his 103 rushing yards and a pair of scores.
Beathard and the undefeated Hawkeyes will face their toughest challenge of the young season when former Michigan State defensive coordinator and current Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi comes to Iowa City for a showdown on Saturday night.