WVU Football Concludes Home Game Schedule with Win Over Cyclones
WVU Football ended this season’s home game schedule with a four game winning streak after defeating Iowa State at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, November 28th. The win came after some odd, lack luster fake punt attempts from ISU Head Coach Paul Rhoads who had nothing to lose as he was given notice that he would not be the Cyclones Head Coach next season following their loss to Kansas State. Despite Iowa State’s fake punt attempts – two of which were successful against West Virginia’s punt return team – WVU struggle to keep their head above water until halfway through the 3rd quarter. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen commented after the game, “Glad that’s over,” as he spoke about his team’s performance on Saturday.
After stopping the Cyclones’ first possession of the second half, the Mountaineers began to pull further ahead. Josh Lambert sent both a 34-yard field goal on the board, setting the score at 16-6. Starting quarterback Skyler Howard followed suit, running 32-yards for a touchdown after Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood combined with Howard for an 83-yard scoring drive to put the Mountaineers within scoring distance.
The third fake punt attempt met with misfortune for the Cyclones as they went against the WVU defense. WVU got the ball at the ISU 15-yard line a Shell was able to carry it into the end zone for a touchdown.
The West Virginia defense carried their stellar performance from the shutout victory over Kansas with 3 turnovers and 5 sacks.
WVU remains bowl eligible after Saturday’s win. Both Fox Sports and CBS Sports predicts West Virginia to play in the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2 against California in a Big 12, PAC 12 match-up. ESPN projections for West Virginia put them in either the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl against LSU or the Cactus Bowl with California. The experts at SB Nation also have West Virginia appearing in the Cactus Bowl, but facing USC in Tempe, Arizona.
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Saturday’s best performance was given by the entire West Virginia defense. Coming off of a shut out victory over the Jayhawks on Saturday, November 21st, the WVU defense continued their strong performance against ISU on Saturday.
The defense finished the game on Sataurday with 5 sacks, a 3 turnovers against the Cyclones. WVU was able to hold Iowa State at 284 yards, while the offense put up 415 yards against the Cyclones. The opposition averaged a mere 3.5 yards on 80 plays.