Iowa State throttles No. 6 West Virginia 30-14

 
 
Updated 10/13/2018 10:08 PM
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  • Iowa State wide receiver Deshaunte Jones, right, catches a 32-yard touchdown pass in front of West Virginia safety Toyous Avery Jr. (3) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    Iowa State wide receiver Deshaunte Jones, right, catches a 32-yard touchdown pass in front of West Virginia safety Toyous Avery Jr. (3) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • Iowa State fans celebrate on the field after an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    Iowa State fans celebrate on the field after an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • West Virginia wide receiver Gary Jennings Jr. (12) is tackled by Iowa State defensive back D'Andre Payne (1) after making a reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    West Virginia wide receiver Gary Jennings Jr. (12) is tackled by Iowa State defensive back D'Andre Payne (1) after making a reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • West Virginia quarterback Will Grier watches from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    West Virginia quarterback Will Grier watches from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) celebrates with teammate tight end Dylan Soehner after an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) celebrates with teammate tight end Dylan Soehner after an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) celebrates with teammate David Montgomery (32) after an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) celebrates with teammate David Montgomery (32) after an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • Iowa State running back David Montgomery (32) runs from West Virginia cornerback Hakeem Bailey (24) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    Iowa State running back David Montgomery (32) runs from West Virginia cornerback Hakeem Bailey (24) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, right, runs from Iowa State defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, right, runs from Iowa State defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) looks to pass as he gets a block from teammate David Montgomery (32) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) looks to pass as he gets a block from teammate David Montgomery (32) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V, center, celebrates with teammates after catching an 18-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V, center, celebrates with teammates after catching an 18-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

  • Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy, left, runs around West Virginia cornerback Derrek Pitts Jr. (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa.

    Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy, left, runs around West Virginia cornerback Derrek Pitts Jr. (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Associated Press

AMES, Iowa -- It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback.

The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably.

Freshman Brock Purdy threw for 254 yards and three TDs and Iowa State throttled West Virginia 30-14 on Saturday, handing the Mountaineers their first loss in emphatic fashion.

David Montgomery had a career-high 189 yards rushing for the Cyclones (3-3, 2-2 Big 12), who capped a wild day by beating a Top 25 team for the fifth time in seven tries after dropping 20 in a row to ranked teams.

"I thought at times that we played a lot of complete football," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. "We continue to grow."

West Virginia (5-1, 3-1) was the fourth Top 10 team to fall Saturday. LSU pounded No. 2 Georgia 36-16, No. 7 Washington fell 30-27 in overtime at No. 17 Oregon, and No. 8 Penn State lost to Michigan State 21-17.

Iowa State scored 20 straight points after spotting West Virginia an early touchdown off a turnover. Purdy, in his first career start, then found Deshaunte Jones through a pair of defenders on a sprawling 32-yard TD grab that put Iowa State ahead 28-14 with 12:17 to go.

The story of the game was Iowa State's defense, which dominated the high-flying Mountaineers. West Virginia gained just 152 yards, 420 below its season average, and Grier was sacked seven times. Iowa State also held the Mountaineers to 1 for 10 on third downs.

Fittingly, the Cyclones sealed the win by forcing a hold in the end zone for a team safety and a 30-14 edge with 5:14 left.

Will Grier had arguably his worst game as a Mountaineer, throwing for just 100 yards on 11 off 15 passing. West Virginia was outgained by 346 yards, a stunning figure for a team that hadn't even trailed in rolling up five straight wins.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers still control their destiny in the Big 12, with games against Texas and Oklahoma left on the schedule. But their playoff hopes are currently out of their hands. Still, it's early, and if West Virginia can regain the offensive form they showed through the early part of the season it'll be tough to beat. But this was a bad, bad loss. The Mountaineers' only solace was that three other top-10 teams lost on a wild Saturday.

Iowa State: The Cyclones have held all six of their opponents below their season average, which has been instrumental the team's bounce back from a 1-3 start. Can Iowa State grab the second spot in the Big 12 title game? Probably not - but the schedule will ease up considerably and these Cyclones seem capable of going on a run.

IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. MUCH, MUCH WORSE FOR WEST VIRGINIA.

Iowa State appeared to catch a break when, up 20-7, an interception by Josh Norwood inside the West Virginia 5 was overturned. That set up a Cyclones field goal try - which was blocked by Kenny Bigelow, Jr. and returned 72 yards for a touchdown by Derrek Pitts Jr. Those two plays likely produced a 10-point swing in favor of the Mountaineers, since kicker Connor Assalley hadn't missed a field goal all year. Pitts was carried off in the fourth quarter, unable to put weight on his left leg.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

West Virginia's fate will rest on how many voters realize what kind of defense Iowa State has in 2018, and how well the Cyclones have played in big games over the past two years - especially at home.

HE SAID IT

"David was David tonight," Campbell said. "You saw a healthy David Montgomery for sure." Montgomery missed last week's game with an upper arm injury and had yet to have a breakout game this season.

UP NEXT

West Virginia hosts Baylor on Oct. 25.

Iowa State is off next week.

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