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C.J. Beathard took his first snaps of the season Saturday.

And the Hawkeyes' backup quarterback nearly stole the show, before eventually being upstaged by starter Jake Rudock in a 17-13 come-from-behind victory.

"It was awesome," Beathard said of his first appearance in 2014. "It was an adrenaline rush. That's for sure."

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The sophomore from Tennessee completed two of three passes in his only series of the game. His lone incompletion was nearly a 38-yard touchdown to Damond Powell, which was ruled incomplete after a video review.

"At first, I thought it was a great catch," Beathard said. "Everyone was pumped, and then they said they were reviewing it.

"I heard on the headset, 'This could get overturned. It's close.' "

The first thing you notice about Beathard is he tends to choose his words carefully.

It's understandable.

Iowa coaches tossed out the idea of using two quarterbacks, but Rudock is a proven starter. Beathard doesn't want to stir things up, he just wants to get onto the field.

"I had a little time to mentally prepare," Beathard said. "Sometimes, you don't know when it's going to happen.

"You have to make sure you're ready for it."

One thing we've learned: offensive coordinator Greg Davis has been designing specific personnel packages for Beathard, putting him in the huddle with freshman running back Jonathan Parker, Derrick Willies and Powell.

There are also more zone-read plays when Beathard is under center.

"Now I know what it's like a little bit, what kind of plays I'll be working with," Beathard said. "That could change, too. Who knows?"

And who knows when we'll see Beathard again?

"I don't know if my package will even be used this week," Beathard said. "We'll see."

Beathard was an observer when Rudock led two late drives in Saturday's win.

"He got the job done at the end of the game," Beathard said of Rudock, "when it needed to be done."

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