West Virginia vs. Iowa State: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
FINAL: West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24
The monkey is finally off the back of West Virginia.
After five straight losses, the Mountaineers have finally snapped the streak and attained bowl eligibility.
The WVU defense made enough plays, including recovering a fumble in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to support Tavon Austin and the WVU offense.
Iowa State battled behind a strong performance from freshman quarterback Sam Richardson, but fell just short of the playmaking Mountaineer attack.
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Here's my final game recap. Thanks for following along folks. Happy Thanksgiving!
Box score, courtesy ESPN:
FINAL: West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24
Can you say "bowl eligible?" After winning its first five games, WVU has finally won its sixth game.
Play stands. ISU fans aren't saying "ooo" or "Wooooody"
Paul Rhoads is fired up and rightfully so. I wouldn't be surprised to see this overturned. Then again, I wouldn't be surprised to see it stand, either. It was close, but I don't think he made it.
Looked like Shawne Alston had a very favorable spot there.
West Virginia is just a few first downs away from bowl eligibility, but ISU is holding strong still. Only one timeout left for the Cyclones. Remember, they burned one earlier in the half.
Iowa State Fumble
West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24—Fourth Quarter, 3:55
West Virginia didn't deserve the ball back. ISU deserved the score, but Jeff Woody coughs it up and freshman Karl Joseph for WVU recovers.
That just might be the game.
Another stupid penalty on third down from West Virginia. Absolutely unbelievable how many bone-head penalties WVU has committed.
Excellent play by Darwin Cook to knock that touchdown loose from the hands of Josh Lenz.
Sam Richardson just continues to make plays for ISU. He has made some very "un-freshmanlike" plays in the fourth quarter.
Wow, terrible penalty by Josh Francis there. Absolutely unacceptable and it couldn't have come at a worse time.
WVU had the ISU drive stopped, but that penalty will keep it going.
Tavon Austin just changes football games. Plain and simple. Where would WVU be without him?
West Virginia Touchdown
West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24—Fourth Quarter, 6:31
I was wrong.
Tavon Austin with a 75 yard run AND the two-point conversion. That's two big plays to give WVU the lead.
My prediction: Tavon Austin will make a big play on this drive. Could be wrong though.
Iowa State Field Goal
Iowa State 24, West Virginia 23—Fourth Quarter, 6:42
Edwin Arceo just sneaks that one in from 49 yards out to give ISU the lead back. The Cyclones would still be driving if it weren't for a drop by West.
Jeff Woody goes beast mode on WVU for a huge first down run!
This has just been an ugly game on all three sides of the ball for both teams.
West Virginia Field Goal
West Virginia 23, Iowa State 21—Fourth Quarter, 9:35
Freshman Jordan Thompson couldn't quite haul in that third-down catch. Tough play to make for a kid that's 5'7" short.
Bitancurt doinks in the field goal to give WVU a lead. He really flirted with disaster there, knocking it off the left upright and in.
...And he follows it up with a delay of game. Another penalty for the Mountaineers, can they overcome the mistake?
Great throw form Smith hitting J.D. Woods all the way across the field, pinning his feet to the green near the sideline.
Iowa State Punt
Iowa State 21, West Virginia 20—Fourth Quarter, 11:51
WVU comes up with the stop it needed, corralling Richardson on third down. Tavon Austin took the ensuing punt all the way back to pay dirt, but freshman K.J. Dillon was called for the hold—that hurts. Austin had already passed that tackler.
That penalty won't help ISU's cause at all. Not a smart decision to shove over a defender who was just standing and watching after the play was over.
West Virginia Punt
Iowa State 21, West Virginia 20—Fourth Quarter, 13:57
Great hit by Henry Simon to force the drop from WVU. Pressure on the West Virginia defense here, as another score may cripple the Mountaineer charge.
Shawne Alston now over 100 yards rushing today as ISU burns its first timeout.
Cyclone defense not only keying on Austin, but also angry at him. They've been jawing all day long.
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