IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard was named Big Ten Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after just his third career start for the Hawkeyes.
Beathard is the first Hawkeye to be given the offensive award since Marvin McNutt Jr. in 2011, and the first quarterback since James Vadenberg, also in 2011.
The junior led Iowa to a comeback win over rival Iowa State on the road Saturday, finishing 15-of-25 with 215 yards and three touchdowns. His 25-yard touchdown to Riley McCarron in the fourth quarter gave the Hawkeyes the lead with 2:14 left in the game. Beathard also carried the ball 10 times for 77 yards overall, showing his athletic ability on runs of 44 and 57 yards in the first half.
“We are not going to give up, and I think that we just know that there was never any doubt in our mind that we were going to win the game,” Beathard said following the win. “It was just a matter of when we were going to turn it on and we decided to turn it on in the second half.”
In the team’s first two games – both victories – Beathard has completed 30-of-49 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns, with zero interceptions. He’s also added 103 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.