AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s defense held a West Virginia offense that entered the game averaging more than 525 yards to just 152 yards in a 30-14 win over the No. 6 Mountaineers Saturday evening at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State improves to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play. WVU drops to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference action.
The Cyclone defense dominated the contest, recording seven sacks for the second-straight game. ISU held WVU’s Will Grier to just 100 yards on 11-of-15 passing. The West Virginia offensive output of 152 yards was its lowest this century. All this was done without the services of injured starting defensive tackle Ray Lima.
Iowa State held just a 20-14 lead at the half despite a 250-112 edge in total offense. The key play of the half came with the Cyclones holding a 20-7 lead and set up to attempt 39-yard field goal to extend the lead. Connor Assalley’s kick was blocked, his first miss of the season, by Kenny Bigelow Jr. and returned 72 yards for a touchdown by Derrek Pitts Jr.
The score remained 20-14 until Deshaunte Jones hauled in a 32-yard strike from Brock Purdy with 12:17 left in the fourth quarter. Purdy then connected with Matthew Eaton for the two-point conversion to make it 28-14. ISU closed out the scoring with a safety on a WVU hold in the end zone with 5:14 left.
Players of Note…
Montgomery rushed for a career-best 189 yards on a career-high 29 carries. He scored one touchdown, just a week after missing his first career game due to injury.
In his first career start, Brock Purdy finished 18-of-25 for 254 yards and three touchdown passes. He has seven touchdown in the last two weeks.
JaQuan Bailey finished with two sacks, moving him up to a tie for fourth in ISU history with Nick Leaders.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Today’s Attendance: 56,629
*Prior to Iowa State taking a first quarter lead, West Virginia was the last team in the nation to have not trailed in 2018.
*Jamahl Johnson, Brock Purdy and Datrone Young made their first career starts for the Cyclones.
*Butler’s 107 yards are the most receiving yards by an Iowa State player in the series against West Virginia.
*Deshaunte Jones caught a pass for the 29th consecutive game, the second-longest streak in school history.
*D’Andre Payne had his second career interception, both of which have come against West Virginia.
*Iowa State improves to 6-0 in October the last two seasons…it is the fourth ranked team the Cyclones have beaten in October in the last two seasons.
*It is the third win over an undefeated team in October (Oklahoma, TCU, West Virginia) the last two seasons.
*ISU’s first win over West Virginia at home.
Iowa State is off next week and returns to action Oct. 27 when it hosts Texas Tech on Homecoming Weekend.