Live updates, score of Iowa State football game vs West Virginia
Iowa State goes into Saturday’s game against West Virginia on the right foot, having put together an impressive resume in October. Sorry, Brocktober.
It’s the term used to describe Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy’s accomplishments during this month, and it turns out that it’s not just an eye-catching coat rack. Iowa State hasn’t lost a game since September and the Cyclones are on a three-game winning streak heading into their game against WVU.
Much of that success is due to Purdy’s impressive performance in these games. In October, he went 66-80, a completion percentage of 82.5%, while throwing no interceptions. He threw for 760 yards – averaging nearly a first down test per attempt – and seven touchdowns.
Iowa State also has the advantage against the Mountaineers. The Cyclones recently made it into the top 25, while West Virginia is near the bottom of the Big 12. That doesn’t mean Iowa State can just overtake WVU, and Randy Peterson tells you why.
As the Cyclones try to move up to 4v4 in October, follow here for scores and live updates from today’s game against the Mountaineers.
14: 49 / Q4: Same game, again – Iowa State 31, WVU 31
Doege passes 22 yards to Winston Wright for a WVU touchdown. We’re tied at 31 apiece with most of the fourth quarter to go.
End of third quarter: Iowa State 31, WVU 24
Iowa State is still holding onto its one touchdown lead. But the Mountaineers will be even more at a disadvantage in the final quarter after burning two of their third quarter timeouts to avoid the delay in match penalties. The Cyclones have the three remaining timeouts.
6:06 / Q4: Iowa State opts for quarterback – Iowa State 31, WVU 24
Purdy keeps the ball and throws it to put Iowa State back on top. Cyclones fans owe their thanks to Breece Hall for putting Iowa State in goal position, having traveled 53 yards – with a Mountaineers defenseman holding up – into the red zone.
8: 36 / Q3: Draw, again – Iowa State 24, WVU 24
Doege meets Ford-Wheaton to tie this 24-piece match. Officials examined the play to determine if he had control of the ball when he slipped out of bounds, but the on-field decision stands.
11:07 / Q3: Hummel gets six pick – Iowa State 24, WVU 17
Iowa State put pressure on Doege and he threw the ball straight into Cyclones defenseman Jake Hummel. Iowa State has its first lead since the first quarter.
13: 50 / Q3: WVU delays Iowa State’s first drive
The Mountaineers forced the third and 18, which Iowa State failed to convert to a first down. The ball is back in the hands of WVU after just over a minute of play.
HALF TIME: Iowa State 17, WVU 17
Iowa State was satisfied with a field goal from Mevis, who scored on eight straight attempts. Typical Cyclones playmakers are under constant double coverage, so Iowa State will have to re-evaluate their options when they start the second half with the ball.
5:03 / Q2: McDonald’s with a much needed interception
Doege’s pass rebounded in the hands of Ford-Wheaton and, unfortunately for WVU, directly in the hands of Craig McDonald of Iowa State. Cyclones take over on the 35-yard line.
6: 33 / Q2: Mevis back as a bettor
After Dunn’s previous punt, Mevis was back as Iowa State’s fourth kicker. His kick pushed WVU’s field position behind the 20-yard line, and things are starting to get a little choppy in West Virginia.
9: 29 / Q2: Mountaineers take first lead – WVU 17, Iowa State 14
The Cyclones were able to hold West Virginia to one field goal, but Casey Legg’s kick gave the Mountaineers their first lead of the game. It’s a bit of a celebratory kick for Legg, who received a scholarship earlier this week.
10:27 / Q2: This isn’t the Cyclone defense we’re used to
And it is not in a good way.
13:28 / Q2: What’s going on in Iowa State?
It’s still early days, so no need to hit the panic button just yet. But last week’s report questioned the effectiveness of the Cyclones’ offensive line, and they don’t look good today. Purdy was sacked again in previous practice, but it happened after the previous game, where his lone lineman stood in his way.
Iowa State was forced to kick, and it was Corey Dunn who kicked it. His suspension time wasn’t quite there, and that allowed West Virginia to send him back past the 50-yard line.
End of first quarter: Double coverage with no problem for climbers – Iowa State 14, WVU 14
West Virginia quickly exhibited many weaknesses in an Iowa state defense that was Campbell’s strongest unit. Bryce Ford-Wheaton hit a touchdown despite double coverage and it’s a draw.
The Mountaineers sack Purdy to complete the first quarter.
4:29 PM / Q1: Welcome to Brocktober – Iowa State 14, WVU 7
Iowa State recovered the ball, and on the first play of the new drive, Purdy threw a 68-yard touchdown at Tarique Milton.
7:05 / Q1: We have a draw – Iowa State 7, WVU 7
Leddie Brown rushes two yards down the middle for a touchdown in West Virginia. Both teams are doing well from the start.
7: 49 / Q1: Iowa State defense with some big plays
The Mountaineers have had a few scoring chances on this record. But the Iowa State defense snapped a long pass in the end zone and Zach Petersen just reversed a pass from Jarret Doege.
9: 39 / Q1: update from Mike Rose
Remember a few updates ago when we said Iowa State fans could breathe a small sigh of relief? That is why. Looks like Rose isn’t 100% and her game in West Virginia may have been limited to warm-ups.
11: 39 / Q1: It didn’t take long – Iowa State 7, WVU 0
Breece Hall does what Breece Hall does best and runs the ball 70 yards for a Cyclones touchdown. Iowa State has taken the lead in just three games.
That’s not all good news for the Cyclones, however. After goal practice, tight end Jared Rus headed for the locker room. No update on his status, but could be a tough loss for a relatively healthy Iowa State team.
3:00 p.m. / Q1: Saturday’s match is underway
West Virginia receives first and a kick from Andrew Mevis in the end zone sends the Mountaineers to the 25-yard line. We’ll have to wait and see if Mevis is also the Iowa State bettor today, as he was last week against Oklahoma State.
12:20 p.m .: Iowa State injury update
Linebacker Mike Rose had a few moments in the Oklahoma State game that led people to believe he was dealing with an injury. Although Matt Campbell didn’t clarify the following week, it looks like Cyclones fans may breathe a (slight) sigh of relief.