For those in attendance at Saturday’s Big Ten matchup between the Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes, it appeared that Kirk Ferentz went to the bullpen in the third quarter. It happened right after Jake Rudock threw an interception which led to a Wisconsin touchdown, so without any clarification, it seemed like the sophomore had been yanked. C.J. Beathard entered the game and took the rest of the snaps for the Hawkeyes. But as it turned out, Rudock was dealing with knee issue.
So for a minute the words ‘quarterback controversy’ were floating around Hawkeye land. However, Ferentz essentially squashed any thoughts of that on Sunday when he commented on Rudock:
“Jake could have gone back in late in the fourth quarter. It didn’t seem like the wise thing to do.”
Rudock is also officially listed on the team’s depth chart as the starting QB for this Saturday’s game against Purdue.
Anybody who follows the Hawkeyes knows that Ferentz is typically a coach who sticks with his guys. He’s not known for making major changes mid-season, and certainly not at QB. On top of that, Beathard didn’t look great on Saturday. He went 4-16 for 70 yards and also threw a pick. Rudock didn’t have a great day, either, but no one on the Iowa offense did.
The unit continued its up-and-down play against the Badgers by being terribly ineffective in the red zone and by failing to take advantage of good field position. The lowly Boilermakers are no doubt coming along at the right time in the season for the Hawkeyes, who are trying to become bowl eligible.