It was a Hollywood ending for the second coming of “Sunshine”. Known for his golden locks reminiscent of “Sunshine” from Remember the Titans; CJ Beathard surpassed all expectations as he rallied the comeback against the Pitt Panthers. There was a different energy to the entire team once Beathard entered the game, and now Coach Ferentz has the difficult job of deciding which quarterback will open up the Big Ten slate.
The Boilermakers of Purdue host the Hawkeyes this weekend, and despite overall records; both teams are 0-0 in Big Ten play. Purdue has struggled to find an identity this season, losing to MAC opponent Central Michigan; but hanging in tough against Notre Dame. Possibly a case of playing up or down to their competitors level, and if that’s the case Iowa better be aware.
Last weekend’s comeback could not have happened without the Hawkeye defense stepping up and shutting down Pitt in the second half. Carl Davis and Drew Ott have to continue to be disruptive on the front lines. The secondary is still a work in progress, being out of place at times; but it is much improved from week one. Defensive Back Desmond King needs his own shout-out, for his NFL worthy efforts.
Where has this Greg Davis offense been? Restless fans have been asking, well; more like demanding to see a vertical threat, and Iowa delivered. Even Tecmo Bowl fans know a good passing attack opens the holes for the run game. Iowa proved they have talent at the wide outs and if used properly, can be playmakers. The only question left, is who will get them the ball. To be fair, you have to give Rudock credit for how he has played, getting Iowa back into the Ball State game. The argument for Beathard is not a knock on Rudock, CJ just might be the better game day quarterback.
Please join us at one of the THREE official gamewatch Barney’s locations and enjoy 40% off food and beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).
There will be no raffle this week.
If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to order your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. They can be purchased at your favorite gamewatch location for $15. Please find your Gamewatch coordinator for details. Limited supplies are left.
Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
(Gamewatch host Justin Drake, Isaiah Scales, and Jake Krengel)
Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Patrick Carberry and Randall Adams)
Redondo Beach: 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, Redondo Beach, CA
(Gamewatch hosts Garrett Darland and Alvin Chang)
We look forward to seeing everyone. GO HAWKS!!!
LA Iowa Board of Directors