Cactus Bowl 2016: Game Grades, Analysis for West Virginia vs. Arizona State

Zach SheltonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2016

West Virginia QB Skyler Howard
West Virginia QB Skyler HowardMatt York

West Virginia 43, Arizona St. 42—Final

West Virginia holds on to win a wild Cactus Bowl, turning in a game-winning drive to beat Arizona State by a 43-42 margin.

Skyler Howard led the way for the Mountaineers with five touchdown passes, including the game-winner, and a Cactus Bowl-record 532 yards through the air. Receiver Shelton Gibson led the skill players with 116 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Wendell Smallwood picked up a huge first down on the final drive.

For the losing side, Mike Bercovici matched Howard with five touchdowns, but was unable to connect on a last-ditch attempt on 4th-and-10.