Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mountaineers take wind out of Cyclones

Despite their first half struggles the Mountaineers were able to send the seniors off with a win, 30-6 over the visiting Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday in front of just over 42,000 Mountaineer fans on a cold and soggy afternoon at Milan Puskar.

The Mountaineers struggled to get their ground game moving in the first half, something WVU has relied upon heavily during their 3 game win streak before today. Iowa State opened up defensively stacking the box and the scheme worked as the Mountaineers only averaged 2.9 yards per carry through the first two quarters.

The Mountaineers, however, were able to go into the half with a 13-6 lead off two Josh Lambert field goals (40, 30) and a 60 yard TD pass to Shelton Gibson

The Mountaineer defense shut out the Cyclones offense in the second half who ended the day with 284 total offensive yards. WVU was able to add an addition 10 points to their lead in the 3rd with another Josh Lambert field goal (34 yds) and a Skyler Howard rushing touchdown. Howard finished the day leading all backs with 82 rushing yards, 32 of which came on this play in the 3rd quarter:

The Mountaineers ended the day with 415 total offensive yards and for the first time in the game seemed to have a balanced offense. WVU finished with 213 yards on the ground and 202 through the air. Skyler Howard finished the day 12-26 for 202 yards and one touchdown. Shelton Gibson led the WVU receiving corp with 6 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown.

The Mountaineers finished off their scoring with a 9 yard touchdown run by Rushel Shell who finished the day with 43 yards on 10 carries.

Iowa State finished the season 3-9 in what was Paul Rhoads last for the Cyclones. The Mountaineers are currently riding a 4 game win streak into their final game of the season next weekend at Kansas State. After an 0-4 October the Mountaineers finished the month of November 4-0 and are back to .500 in the Big 12 Conference.

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