Iowa State vs. West Virginia
The all-time series between Iowa State and West Virginia has been the typical lower profile program vs. mid-level program series. The two teams have met five times with first coming in 2012 when the West Virginia Mountaineers joined the Big 12. The games gave been blowouts since the first two games in 2012 and 2013. The Mountaineers won in 2012 by a 31-24 in Ames and the Cyclones won in 2013 in Morgantown in a three-overtime thriller by a score of 52-44. The 2014, 2015, and 2016 games were all blowouts by and average score of 38 to 16 with the Mountaineers winning all three. Here are the breakdown of three of the games.
November 29, 2014
The 6-5 (4-4) Mountaineers traveled to Ames, Iowa with the hope of having their winning season in the Big 12. The first quarter seemed bleak with the Cyclones going up 14-7 with an Aaron Wimberly 5-yard touchdown. The Mountaineers would find themselves in a 21-7 hole with 11:57 left in the second quarter. That is when the Mountaineers finally took over with a 30-3 run. Place kicker Josh Lambert added field goals of 46-yards, 32-yards, and 43- yards. Dakiel Shorts would add a 15-yard touchdown from Skyler Howard, and Mario Alford would add two touchdowns, 29-yards and 4-yards respectively, to send the Mountaineers home with a 37-24 win and their first winning season in the Big 12.
QB Skyler Howard: 21/40 — 285 yards – 3 touchdowns
QB Sam B. Richardson: 26/50 – 275 yards – 2 touchdowns – 2 interceptions
RB Rushel Shell: 22 carries – 146 yards – 1 touchdown
RB Aaron Wimberly: 22 carries – 77 yards – 1 touchdown
WR Mario Alford: 5 receptions – 86 yards – 2 touchdowns
WR D’Vario Montgomery: 5 receptions – 71 yards
November 28, 2015
The 2015 matchup was all Mountaineers, all the way. The Mountaineers would rack up 415 yards of offense on their way to a convincing 30-6 win. Josh Lambert led the way with four field goals. Shelton Gibson added a 60-yard touchdown and Skyler Howard added 32-yard touchdown. Rushel Shell capped the game off with a 9-yard touchdown.