FINAL: West Virginia falls to No. 9 Iowa State, 42-6

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MORGANTOWN, WV – NOVEMBER 14: West Virginia Mountaineers running back Leddie Brown (4) on the field prior to the college football game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 14, 2020, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

West Virginia is in Ames, Iowa for its penultimate game of the season against ninth-ranked Iowa State. This contest kicks off at 3:35 p.m. ET on ESPN.

This matchup has massive implications regarding the Big 12 Conference title. The Cyclones have already clinched a share of the regular season championship, but a victory over West Virginia will give them the title outright and solidify their berth to the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 19.

West Virginia is a longshot for an invitation to the title game, but they’re still alive if they get the help they need. The Mountaineers need to finish their final two games with wins, then hope Oklahoma State falls to both TCU and Baylor (as of kickoff in Ames, the Cowboys are trailing the Horned Frogs).

Be sure to stop back here for updates as WVU’s clash with Iowa State unfolds.


FINAL: Iowa State runs out the remainder of the clock and defeats West Virginia, 42-6.

FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (42-6) – 2:46: Sumpter tacks on another three points for West Virginia from 36 yards out. The 13-play drive goes 49 yards and will likely be West Virginia’s last offensive possession.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (42-3) – 7:07: Iowa State moves 73 yards down the field in under five minutes to tack on their sixth touchdown of the game. Purdy throws his third touchdown of the game, this time to Breece Hall, who is now over 150 yards on the day with two touchdowns. WVU’s defense has now given up 459 yards on the day — their highest total allowed all season.

FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (35-3) – 12:00: Tyler Sumpter fills in for Casey Legg, and drills a kick from 32 yards out to cap off a 67-yard drive for the Mountaineers. This breaks the shutout.


End 3Q: Iowa State owns this one through three quarters, 35-0.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (35-0) – 0:07: Kene Nwangwu bursts through the line for 47 yards for the quick Cyclone score. That drive lasts just 4 plays and goes for 78 yards.

1:58: West Virginia is forced to its third three-and-out of the game. Iowa State will start on their own 22.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (28-0) – 3:10: The Cyclones march down the field in five plays and score with a 16-yard pass from Purdy to Charlie Kolar. Breece Hall was tough to bring down for WVU on this drive, bringing his rushing total to 83 yards on the day. Purdy now has 174 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns.

4:50: West Virginia turns it over on downs after an otherwise solid drive. Doege seemed to find a rhythm, highlighted with a 25-yard connection with Winston Wright. Garrett Greene also took a snap and ran it up the gut for 7 yards on 2nd and 10 — but a crucial drop on an open pass by TJ Simmons kills the drive.

7:54: Iowa State punts for the second time this half after a 5-play, 15-yard drive. WVU gets the ball on their own 35.

11:07: The Mountaineers go all pass on this drive — and at first, it works. Doege connects with Sean Ryan twice in a row for 17 yards to move into Cyclone territory, and eventually bring up 4th and 6. They go for it, but TJ Simmons runs his route a little too shallow and is stopped just short of the sticks. Turnover on downs.

12:59: West Virginia forces their first three-and-out of the game. They’ll start their drive on their own 42 after a 10 yard punt return by Alec Sinkfield.

Iowa State starts the second half with the ball.


HALF: West Virginia trails No. 9 Iowa State, 21-0.

1:11: Iowa State has forced 4th down for West Virginia, WVU’s second three-and-out of the season. Alec Sinkfield takes his first carry for three yards, then Doege is sacked twice to bring up fourth down. Matt Campbell is hoping to keep some time on the clock after WVU’s punt so they can try to add some extra points to their total before half.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (21-0) – 2:49: Penalties give Iowa State a tough task — 1st and goal on the 26 — but Purdy’s arm gets Iowa State back close, then eventually in the end zone with a connection to Landen Akers. Purdy is having a game so far — 10-for-12 with 127 yards and two total touchdowns.

4:34: Iowa State calls timeout after starting their march down the field. West Virginia is having trouble stopping the pass, as Purdy has completed three passes for 25 yards — but a pass interference penalty from Nicktroy Fortune gives the Cyclones a boost. ISU is in WVU territory on the 24 yard line.

7:56: West Virginia begins to put together a strong drive — Jarret Doege completes six passes to a few different receivers to move the ball deep into Cyclone territory — but Doege loses track of the line of scrimmage and throws an illegal forward pass on third down. That bumps WVU back five yards, extending the field goal attempt to 41 yards for Casey Legg — and he misses. Leddie Brown is still struggling with just 11 yards on seven carries.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (14-0) – 14:17: Brock Purdy keeps it on the zone read and dashes in from 10 yards out. That was another long drive for the Cyclones — 11 plays for 44 yards. Purdy has been a threat through the air as usual, but he’s obviously hurt the Mountaineers on the ground — he has 25 yards on three carries so far in this one.


END 1Q: Iowa State leads West Virginia 7-0 with the ball in the red zone.

3:48: West Virginia goes three-and-out in their second series — and this one hurts, because they can’t get past their own 10. Leddie Brown is off to a slow start with just 9 yards on five carries. Cyclones start on the West Virginia 44.

TOUCHDOWN IOWA STATE (7-0) – 5:51: Breece Hall bounces outside of the WVU defense to score from 23 yards out. West Virginia had ISU on the ropes a couple times during that 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive, including a 4th and 3 just before the score. Purdy completes all three of his pass attempts for 42 yards, while that touchdown rush from Hall put him into positive yardage territory (22 yards on the game so far).

8:11: We have our first review of the game as Brock Purdy rushes on 3rd and 9 and goes down right at the line. The review gives Iowa State the first down as the Cyclones are on the West Virginia 35.

10:40: Doege gets off to a strong start and leads the Mountaineers on a productive series, but the drive stalls in Cyclone territory. Neal Brown opts to go for it in a 4th-and-2 situation, but Leddie Brown gets called for a false start forcing WVU to punt. Iowa State takes over on their own 20 after WVU’s 8-play, 43-yard drive.

West Virginia receives the opening kickoff. We are underway.

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