C.J. Beathard accomplished something Sunday no former Iowa quarterback had done in 22 years.
That, along with the Hawkeyes beginning preparations to face Northwestern’s career rushing leader and Derrick Mitchell’s big day, is all a part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news.
Delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa, here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. It took only 22 years, but Iowa finally had a former quarterback complete a pass in an NFL game on Sunday.
C.J. Beathard completed 19 of them actually and following his 19-of-36 effort for San Francisco in its loss to Washington, the rookie quarterback was named the 49ers starter for next week. Beathard threw for 245 yards, including one touchdown pass.
He was intercepted once after replacing Brad Hoyer in the San Francisco lineup.
“It was pretty cool,’’ Beathard said of the experience following the game.
Two of his completions went to former Hawkeye George Kittle, who finished with four catches for 46 yards in the game.
Beathard’s effort came 22 years to the day since a one-time Iowa quarterback threw a pass in an NFL game.
Dan McGwire was the last to do that, throwing a pass for Miami on Oct. 15, 1995. McGwire played for Iowa in 1986 and 1987, starting two games.
He transferred to San Diego State prior to the 1988 season after losing a three-way battle for the starting quarterback position that included eventual starter Chuck Hartlieb and Tom Poholsky.
2. Christian Kirksey finished with five tackles and five assists Sunday to lead Cleveland in its loss to Houston, among the highlights of former Hawkeyes not named C.J. Beathard in the NFL this weekend.
Desmond King also had a solid day for the Chargers, finishing with four tackles and returning one kick 20 yards in a 17-16 win over Oakland.
Elsewhere, Mike Daniels had two assists for Green Bay and Jaleel Johnson recorded one for Minnesota in the Vikings’ win over the Packers and Adrian Clayborn finished with one assist for Atlanta in its loss to Miami.
3. Iowa’s percentage of blitzes is down a bit so far this season over the Hawkeyes’ typical percentage, something defensive coordinator Phil Parker is aware of.
“We’re probably around 10 percent or something like that right now, but we’re usually 17-to-19 percent,’’ Parker said. “We blitzed on fourth-and-one or something at Iowa State and gave up a touchdown, but the next time we come back fourth and three, we run the same blitz and it’s minus-two (yards). It’s a guessing game. You’ve got to keep them guessing.’’
4. Limiting explosive plays is among Iowa’s defensive priorities during the second half of the season.
Defensive coordinator Phil Parker said the Hawkeyes have been able to overcome several long gains with their bend but don’t break philosophy.
“I think our deal is to become a little more disciplined in tackling and our penalties and make sure we are all on the same page with communication,’’ Parker said.
5. Iowa receiver Matt VandeBerg enters competition this week having caught a pass in the last 25 games he has played for the Hawkeyes.
The senior has 121 career catches, 11th on Iowa’s all-time list and five behind Marv Cook in the fifth spot.
VandeBerg currently sits 20th on Iowa’s career list with 1,488 receiving yards.
6. In Saturday’s 11 a.m. game at Northwestern, Iowa will be facing the Wildcats’ career rushing leader.
Justin Jackson became the school’s all-time rushing leader on a three-yard carry during the first quarter of Northwestern’s 37-21 win at Maryland.
He also moved into the top 10 on the Big Ten’s all-time list with his 171-yard effort, averaging 6.1 yards on 28 carries to craft his biggest game since gaining 224 yards in the Pinstripe Bowl at the end of the 2016 season.
Jackson has rushed for 4,639 yards during his career.
7. Derrick Mitchell rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns to help Incarnate Word win its first game of the season Saturday.
The Iowa graduate transfer’s day in a 33-24 win over Lamar included a 74-yard touchdown run late in the first half.
Highlighting other performances by former Hawkeyes elsewhere in college football, Nic Shimonek completed 24-of-39 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns for Texas Tech in its 46-35 loss at West Virginia.
Jerminic Smith caught 10 passes for 115 yards and gained nine yards on two carries for Southwest Baptist in a win over William Jewell.
Northern Illinois grad transfer Jonathan Parker returned one kickoff 24 yards for the Huskies in a 14-13 win over Buffalo.
8. Television plans for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game at Northwestern were finalized late Saturday night.
ESPN2 will air the Hawkeyes’ game against the Wildcats.
9. Julian Vandervelde will share his thoughts today at the Davenport Grid Club luncheon.
The former Hawkeye, a Davenport Central alum and former NFL lineman will join college and high school coaches from the Quad-City area at the noon luncheon at the Knights of Columbus, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport.
Tickets are priced at $10 each and include a buffet luncheon. Grid Club lunches are open to the public.
10. When the Hawkeyes take the field Saturday at Northwestern, it is expected to be a pleasant late October day along the shores of Lake Michigan.
The current National Weather Service forecast for Evanston on Saturday calls for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 71 degrees.