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Iowa State clinches Big 12 title spot after thumping WVU 42-6

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Brock Purdy threw for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns, Breece Hall rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown as the Cyclones ran over the Mountaineers 42-6 on Saturday. 

The Cyclones (8-2, 8-1 Big 12) made it known pretty quick that this game wasn’t going to be in West Virginia’s favor. After the Mountaineers came up with nothing to open the game, Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy and teammate Breece Hall marched them downfield for a 7-0 lead. 

After Iowa State’s opening drive of 80 yards in eight plays, things would never trend into the Mountaineers favor. The Cyclones would score on their first three possessions and tallied up a total of 483 yards, and would hold the Mountaineers to 263 total yards. 

The Big 12’s number one defense of West Virginia had trouble stopping anything. Purdy was very efficient only missing on three passes and finishing 20 of 23. 

The two teams have showcased next level defense all season, but Iowa State left no doubt who has that title after Saturday. They ended up with a total of 8 tackles for loss and 3 sacks, and holding the Mountaineers to six points. 

West Virginia (5-4, 4-4 Big 12) didn’t score until 12 minutes left in the game. Tyler Sumpter put them on the board after kicking a 32-yard field goal. 

Jarrett Doege finished 21 of 41 for 209 yards. Leddie Brown had 14 carries for only 48 yards. 

West Virginia remains winless away from Morgantown, falling to 0-4 on the road. 

“Extremely disappointing is putting it mildly.” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. 

The win gave Iowa State a locked spot in the Big 12 title game. 

The Mountaineers are back in action against Oklahoma on Dec. 12th. 

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