The West Virginia Mountaineers will host Iowa State Cyclones in Big 12 action Saturday afternoon from Mountaineer Field. The Cyclones registered a big 49-24 home win against TCU last week, and the Mountaineers fell 41-32 to #11 Texas in their previous action. Iowa State posted a 30-14 home win against West Virginia last season.
Iowa State Rebounds with Dominating Win vs. TCU
The Iowa State Cyclones enter this game with a 1-1 BIG 12 record. The Cyclones dropped their conference opener 23-21 to Baylor and they rebounded in a big way by posting a convincing 49-24 home win against TCU last week in a game that had the Cyclones favored by three points. Brock Purdy resumed his outstanding play in the winning effort, notching 247 passing yards with two touchdowns. The sophomore QB is having a terrific season, connecting on 70.8% of his passes for 1578 passing yards and a 10:2 TD to INT ratio.
The Cyclones rushing offense is split between several backs and mobile QB Purdy actually leads his team in rushing with 203 yards. Johnnie Lang is coming off as season-best 72 rushing yards against TCU last week. The sophomore RB is averaging 4.7 yards per attempt for 182 yards.
Iowa State features a few big threats in their receiving core led by Deshaunte Jones and Tarique Milton who have combined for over 800 yards. Jones has accumulated 100 receiving yards in two out of his last three games, and he has 444 receiving yards on the year. He will be matchup up against a strong WVU secondary. The Iowa State offense has been inconsistent and they lean heavily on their passing offense.
The Cyclones defense has been quite consistent this season. They have only conceded a combined 47 points in their two BIG 12 games. ISU’s pass defense can be an issue at times as they rank 75th overall. Iowa State is averaging 37.6 points, good for 21st overall. They are allowing an average of 22.2 points, positioning them 44th in the FBS, and they are 0-1 on the road.
West Virginia Falls to #11 Texas
The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to rebound after their two-game winning streak was snapped in a 42-31 home loss to #11 Texas last week in a clash that had WVU as 10.5 point dogs. Austin Kendall came through with a valiant effort in the defeat, recording 367 passing yards with three touchdowns, although he tossed a season-high four picks. The junior QB is having a mediocre season, racking up 1238 passing yards with a 9:7 TD to INT ratio.
WVU continues to receive limited production on the ground. They rank 120th in rushing yards per game which is something to keep in mind in this game. Kennedy McKoy only recorded 30 rushing yards last week, and he leads his team with 181 rushing yards.
Sam Jones will be targeted frequently in this one by Kendall. The talented freshman WR had made four catches in four of his five games played, and he has collected 329 receiving yards. WVU’s best bet offensively will be in the air against an Iowa State team that will give up passing yards.
The West Virginia defense has been up and down this season. They surrendered 427 yards to the Longhorns last week including 216 rushing yards. Their rush defense has been a weakness, placing down at 97th in the FBS. The Mountaineers are scoring an average of 26.2 points, ranking them 89th overall. They are allowing an average of 28.8 points, pegging them down at 84th in the FBS, and they own a 2-1 home record.
The Iowa State Cyclones are:
- 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS win.
- 22-7-1 in their last 30 October games.
- 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 conference games.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 October games.
- 16-33-3 in their last 52 games after recording more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- 1-4-2 in their last 7 games after collecting more than 280 passing yards in their previous game.