The West Virginia Mountaineers fall to 3-3 (1-2 Big 12) after the Iowa State Cyclones’ second half explosion gave them the 38-14 victory.
West Virginia’s Austin Kendall went to the locker room after taking a hit in the Mountaineers’ opening drive, which brought Jack Allison onto the field for the first time since week 2.
Regardless of who was playing quarterback for WVU, the Mountaineers’ first touchdown was scored on defense — Tykee Smith made a heads-up play to grab a bobbled pass and returned it 19 yards for the touchdown.
Iowa State followed it up with a methodical 11-play, 65-yard drive capped off with a touchdown rush from Breece Hall, his first of 2.
Both teams would keep it even both on the stats sheet and on the scoreboard, taking a 14-14 scoreline into the locker room.
The third quarter belonged to the Iowa State. West Virginia went three-and-out to start the second half, which led to an Iowa State touchdown on the ensuing drive.
West Virginia could hardly get their offense moving in the third. The Mountaineers scraped together just 28 yards of total offense, with a total of -1 rushing yards. Each of their three drives ended in punts.
Iowa State would finish the game off in the fourth quarter, tacking on 17 points to extend the lead.
Brock Purdy was kept relatively in check by the Mountaineers, who only allowed him to pass for 229 yards, a touchdown and an interception — well below his season average of 315.6 yards per game. The story of the game, though, was the Iowa State rushing attack — in addition to Hall’s 2 touchdowns, he ran for 130 yards.
The Mountaineer offense was dormant in the second half, gaining just 35 yards with each of their drives ending in a punt. Quarterback Jack Allison finished the contest with 140 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
His touchdown was a connection to T.J. Simmons at the end of the first half, a 19-yard pass to tie the game up before halftime.
WVU’s early-season woes in the run game seemed to resurface, with the Mountaineers garnering just 32 yards on the ground.