Recap: Iowa State vs. West Virginia
Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Skyler Howard threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, as the West Virginia Mountaineers claimed a 37-24 win over Iowa State in Big 12 Conference action at Jack Trice Stadium.
Mario Alford caught two of those TD passes and finished with five catches for a game-high 86 receiving yards. Rushel Shell carried 22 times for 146 yards and a score for the Mountaineers (7-5, 5-4 Big 12), who likely needed another win to strengthen their bowl chances after entering the game with three straight losses.
The Cyclones (2-9, 0-8) have now dropped five in a row and will try to win at TCU next week in order to avoid finishing winless in league play. Sam B. Richardson threw for 275 yards and two scores, while Aaron Wimberly tallied 113 total yards (77 rushing, 36 receiving) to go along with one rushing TD and one receiving TD.
Shell scored on a 54-yard run just over two minutes into the game to stake the Mountaineers a quick 7-0 lead.
The Cyclones answered with an eight-play, 80-yard drive, which Wimberly capped with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Later in the first quarter, Wimberly caught a 5-yard TD pass from Richardson to put ISU on top, 14-7.
The Cyclones scored again at the 11:57 mark of the second quarter when Richardson found Tad Ecby for a 29-yard touchdown.
WVU stopped the bleeding five plays later as Howard hooked up with Alford for a 29-yard scoring strike.
On the Mountaineers' next possession, Alford found the end zone for a second time on a 4-yard grab from Howard on 3rd-and-goal to tie the score at 21-21.
WVU closed out the half with two field goals from Josh Lambert; a 46-yarder at the 4:39 mark and then a 32-yarder as time expired to make it a 27-21 game.
Cyclones kicker Cole Netten accounted for the only points of the third quarter with a 34-yard field goal, which capped a 14-play, 54-yard drive.
But the Mountaineers began to take control in the final frame. Howard tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Daikiel Shorts to push the lead to 34-24 with 9:10 to play in regulation. Lambert tacked on three more points with a 43-yard field goal at the 5:35 mark, and the WVU defense held strong the rest of the way.
Surely mindful of last year's triple-overtime loss to ISU that marked the Cyclones' biggest comeback victory in program history (24 points), the Mountaineers defense this time made certain to shut the door as the second half progressed.Game Notes