Friday, October 28, 2016

West Virginia entered Saturday’s game with Iowa State without senior quarterback Clint Trickett. Without Trickett, the Mountaineers scored on the opening possession of the game and would roll to a 37-24 win over Iowa State.

On the day, Skyler Howard was 21 of 40 for 285-yards and 3 touchdowns.

Sam Richardson finished 18 of 29 for 197-yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Rushel Shell ran for 137-yards on 19 carries and 1 touchdown.

Shell would get the scoring started on the Mountaineers opening possession when he scored from 54-yards out giving WVU the early 70- lead.

Iowa State would respond with a long scoring drive that was capped off with a 3-yard touchdown run by Aaron Wimberly. Quarterback Sam Richardson was 3 of 4 for 67-yards on the drive.

West Virginia would drive once again, but Josh Lambert would miss the 49-yard field goal attempt keeping the score 7-7.

ISU would take advantage when Sam Richardson found Wimberly for the 5-yard touchdown pass.

14-7 Iowa State.

WVU would get the ball back, but a Dreamius Smith fumble gave it back to ISU.

Sam Richardson would waste little time when he found Tad Ecby for the 29-yard touchdown pass.

21-7 Iowa State early in the second quarter.

The Mountaineers would respond on their next possession. Skyler Howard would find Mario Alford for the 29-yard touchdown pass.

21-14 ISU.

After the Mountaineer defense forced another Iowa State punt, West Virginia would march behind a nice mix of run and pass, then Howard found Mario Alford for the 4-yard touchdown pass. And we’re tied at 21.

WVU defense would force another punt, and the result would end with Josh Lambert connecting from 46-yards out.

24-21 West Virginia.

The Mountaineers would close out the half on the foot of Josh Lambert when he connected from 32-yards out.

West Virginia leads 27-21 at the half.


Team Stat Comparison



1st Downs 16 8
3rd down efficiency
4-8 6-10
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Yards 349 215
Passing 162 145
13-24 11-16
Yards per pass
6.8 9.1
Rushing 187 70
Rushing Attempts
19 21
Yards per rush
9.8 3.3
Penalties 2-20 3-25
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles lost
1 0
Interceptions thrown
0 0
Possession 12:36 17:24


Iowa State had the ball to open the second half, and it would lead to a Cole Netten 34-yard field goal making the score 27-24 WVU with 9:00 left in the third quarter.

That score would stand at the end of the third quarter with Iowa State driving.

After both teams traded punts for much of the second half, West Virginia would add to the scoreboard when Skyler Howard found Daikiel Shorts for the 15-yard touchdown pass.

WVU leads 34-24.

After the Mountaineer defense forced another ISU punt, Josh Lambert would connect on another field goal from 43-yards out extending the lead to 37-24 late in the 4th quarter.

WVU would put the game away when Karl Joseph intercepted Sam Richardson capping the Mountaineer win.

The win puts the Mountaineers at 7-5 on the season, and will likely play in the Liberty Bowl.

If the Liberty Bowl calls, WVU will likely play Arkansas or Tennessee.

Team Stat Comparison



1st Downs 25 22
3rd down efficiency
7-16 7-20
4th down efficiency
0-1 3-4
Total Yards 570 410
Passing 285 275
21-41 26-50
Yards per pass
7.0 5.5
Rushing 285 135
Rushing Attempts
38 40
Yards per rush
7.5 3.4
Penalties 5-50 4-35
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles lost
2 0
Interceptions thrown
0 2
Possession 24:34 35:26
















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