FINAL: West Virginia 38, No. 22 Iowa State 31

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West Virginia running back Leddie Brown (4) rushes for a touchdown against Virginia Tech during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/William Wotring)

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West Virginia is set to host its first ranked Big 12 opponent of the season in the 22nd-ranked Iowa State Cyclones. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET

The Mountaineers are down two starters — tight end Mike O’Laughlin and cornerback Nicktroy Fortune. TJ Banks will slot in at O’Laughlin’s spot, while Charles Woods will get the start at corner after his big game at TCU.

Stop here for updates as the game unfolds.

4TH QUARTER

FINAL: West Virginia holds on to beat No. 22 Iowa State, 38-31.

0:48: The Cyclones convert, but call timeout as they find themselves in a 3rd and 14 situation on the WVU 38. Dante Stills just came up huge for the Mountaineers, coming off the edge to strip the ball from Purdy — the QB is quick, though, and falls right on it.

1:34: Iowa State calls timeout in the middle of its 6-play drive, as they have the ball on the WVU 41. The Cyclones get a little help from a pass interference call (again, WVU fans would say it was questionable), but right now, it’s 4th and 1.

3:42: WVU whittles a little more than two minutes off the clock before they give the ball back to Iowa State with a punt. The Cyclones take over on their own 15 yard line.

5:57: The play stands after review. The Mountaineers are taking over on their own 20.

5:57: Purdy and Hall lead the Cyclones on a big drive down the field with their feet, with the quarterback getting the ball right up to the two yard line. ISU calls another run for Hall, but he fumbles and the ball goes into the end zone, which results in a West Virginia touchback. The play is under review.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (38-31) – 9:25: Leddie Brown opens and closes the drive for the Mountaineers — first, he dashes up the right sideline for a 20-yard gain, then he closes the drive off with a 2-yard punch for a touchdown. In between, Jarret Doege gets two big completions — one to Isaiah Esdale for 14 yards and a first down, then Bryce Ford-Wheaton gets the Mountaineers inside the 10 with a 45-yard grab in traffic up the left sideline.

11:42: West Virginia forces another Iowa State punt as the Cyclones get just five yards on five plays (with the help, or lack thereof, of a holding penalty). WVU gets them right back on the punt with a hold of its own, though, and starts on its own 13 after the flag.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (31-31) – 14:49: The Mountaineers take a risk by going for it on 4th and 3 on the ISU 22 — it pays off, as Doege finds Winston Wright for a 22-yard touchdown to cap off a massive 12-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game up.

3RD QUARTER

END 3Q: The Mountaineers trail 31-24, but are moving down the field with possession.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (31-24) – 6:06: Breece Hall gets yet another big gain, nearly breaking it for a score, but Exree Loe catches up and stops him short of the goal line. After two big stops for the WVU defense, Brock Purdy pulls it on the option and trots into the end zone from one yard out to take the lead.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (24-24) – 8:36: Doege wastes no time in making up for the miscues. Garrett Greene starts the drive off at QB, but can’t get much. Doege comes in and takes just two plays to score — starting with a 35-yard connection to Winston Wright, then finding Bryce Ford-Wheaton for an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (24-17) – 11:07: After a couple runs to Leddie Brown, Jarret Doege airs it out to Bryce Ford-Wheaton and looks to make the connection — but the receiver is called for an offensive pass interference (WVU fans would call it a questionable call). It all goes downhill from there — Doege gets a delay of game penalty, then throws a pick six on a Leddie Brown swing route. Jake Hummel gets the takeaway and the score from 24 yards out.

13:26: WVU’s defense comes out hot — they force a three-and-out on a negative Iowa State drive to give the Mountaineer offense an early opportunity in the third quarter.

Iowa State opens the half with possession.

2ND QUARTER

HALF: West Virginia and Iowa State head to the locker room tied at 17. The Cyclones will start the half with the ball.

FIELD GOAL IOWA STATE (17-17) – 0:18: WVU’s defense bends, but it doesn’t break — the Cyclones threaten with some big gains to start the drive, but they stall after a couple of incompletions from Purdy. He is on track to double his incompletion total for the month — entering this game, he only had 14, but through two quarters, WVU has forced seven. Andrew Mevis pegs on three more points for ISU to tie the game up before half.

1:18: West Virginia gets a few yards, but they still end up going three-and-out. Tyler Sumpter flips the field with a 47-yard punt, giving the Cyclones the ball on their own 42.

2:18: The West Virginia defense is hanging tough. Iowa State moves the chains once, but the Mountaineers force Purdy to throw two straight incompletions to bring up fourth down. Corey Dunn kicks one of the best punts of his career for 43 yards, pinning WVU on its own five.

5:03: The Mountaineers get some momentum offensively, notching two big gains to sniff Iowa State territory. It comes to a crashing end, though, as Doege hits Bryce Ford-Wheaton in the hands on a slant route, but the receiver can’t quite hold onto it — Craig McDonald grabs the tipped ball and sets the Cyclones up on their own 35.

6:33: Matt Campbell is leaning heavily on Breece Hall, as he opens this drive with three straight gives to the tailback to open the drive. WVU tightens up after the Cyclones move the chains, though, and force a punt as ISU tries to go through the air on the next three downs. Mountaineers take over on their own 18.

FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (17-14) – 9:29: Tony Mathis punches through the line for a pair of gains totaling 17 yards on the first two downs, then Jarret Doege gets the Mountaineers into the red zone. Two losses and an incomplete pass for WVU eliminate the hopes for another touchdown, though, and Casey Legg gives WVU its first lead from 31 yards out.

13:28: Josh Chandler-Semedo sacks Purdy to set up a 4th and 20 to set up a big punt for ISU — Corey Dunn kicks it 42 yards and gives Isaiah Esdale the opportunity to bring it back 27 yards to the ISU 45.

1ST QUARTER

END 1Q: Iowa State has a second down situation in a tie ballgame to start the second quarter.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (14-14) – 0:18: Jarret Doege drops a dime into Bryce Ford-Wheaton’s bread basket from 20 yards out to tie the ballgame back up. WVU goes 9 plays and 75 yards, as they knot it up in the final seconds of the first quarter.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (14-7) – 4:29: Purdy goes deep on first down and finds Tarique Milton wide open as WVU blows a coverage — Milton walks into the end zone and the Cyclones take the lead from 68 yards out.

4:40: West Virginia goes three-and-out as the Mountaineers give Garrett Greene their first taste of the game. Brown takes the first down handoff for three yards, then Greene and Doege go for back-to-back incompletions to force the punt. ISU takes over on its own 32.

5:31: Iowa State goes three-and-out for the first time this game as the Mountaineers stuff Breece Hall. Brock Purdy nearly gets the first down on a third down scramble, but he slides just before the chains. Isaiah Esdale calls for the fair catch on WVU’s own 18.

TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (7-7) – 7:05: Leddie Brown punches it in from two yards out to answer Hall’s score, capping off a 12-play, 75-yard drive for WVU. Jarret Doege gets a few big completions on that drive — one goes for 19 yards to Winston Wright on the opening play, then another gets the Mountaineers in the red zone as he finds TJ Banks for 17 yards.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (7-0) – 11:39: It takes just three plays for Breece Hall to find the end zone. After a run and a pass call from Iowa State, hall takes it 70 yards to the house to get the Cyclones up early.

12:44: Jarret Doege opens the game with a 10-yard connection to Sam James for a first down. WVU opts for two straight hand-offs to Leddie Brown , which each go for 4 yards, but he gets stuffed on third down and WVU punts. Iowa State starts on its own 17.

West Virginia will start the contest with the ball.

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