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West Virginia Hosts Iowa State As They Look to Turn Season Around

West Virginia won their first road game this past Saturday when they made their way to Fort Worth, Texas, against TCU, which ended with a final score of 29-17.

After the vigorous game against TCU, the Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) have good support going into a Big 12 game.

WVU moves back home this weekend for a Big 12 game against No. 22 Iowa State.

WVU and Iowa State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) have played nine times since 2012.

The Mountaineers open the contest as a 7-point underdog to Iowa State whose won three games in a row. The Cyclones are coming into the game with a lot of momentum after winning a big game against No. 8 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

WVU and Iowa State are getting prepared for a defensive battle in Morgantown. Looking at the Mountaineers, they have allowed more than 30 points just once this season. WVU’s most notable contest so far this season was holding Oklahoma, who is the league’s top-ranked offense, to 16 points in a loss.

“They’re a threat, they haven’t returned many this year but in the past just playing against them and scouting them I know That’s something they do well,” WVU HC Neal Brown said.

The Cyclones possess the top-ranked defense in the Big 12, holding opponents to just 17 points per game.

A key player that is going to stick out for this game is running back Leddie Brown. After being held to 57-yards or less in three consecutive Big 12 games, Brown got free for 11 yards and three touchdowns against TCU last week. This was his highest rushing total since he got 161 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech.

Saturday’s game is going to be a lot rougher against Iowa States’ defensive, due to them being 15th nationally and tied for second in the conference. Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Baylor all confined Brown to 3.7 yards per carry or less, so moving into another Big 12 game won’t be easy.

Iowa States’ key player for this week’s game looks to be their veteran quarterback, Brock Purdy who has been starting quarterback since 2018. Purdy has been receiving a lot of attention for the effort he has made in his October games. The Mountaineers have allowed opponents over 8 yards per pass attempt and surrendered slightly under 248 passing yards per game.

Looking at several stats before going into the game, the Cyclone’s points scored in a contest average out to be 32.3 to WVU’s 28.4. Total yards Iowa State averages out 428.9 to WVU’s 390.7. The Mountaineer’s average points allowed 21.7 to Cyclones 17. Both teams tie when it comes to the average number of takeaways.

West Virginia has not scored more than 14 points against Iowa State in the teams’ last three meetings, all three were Cyclone victories.

This week’s game will be held at the Mountaineer Field at the Milan Puskar Stadium. The kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

(Top Photo: Bryan Doughtery)

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