Cyclones Win OT Thriller

Thoughts from Iowa State's 2013 finale, a 52-44 win at West Virginia

How does Iowa State conclude the worst season in the Paul Rhoads era? With perhaps the most exciting game, winning 52-44 in triple overtime at West Virginia, coming back from a 31-7 deficit.

The Cyclones (3-9) battled back with a 54-yard touchdown run on a read-option from Grant Rohach then a short Rohach strike to Quenton Bundrage to cut the score to 31-14 midway through the second quarter.

  • Rohach earned the right to enter camp as the starter, going 25-for-39 with 339 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

  • West Virginia's Charles Sims eclipsed the 100-yard mark well before halftime, scoring on runs of seven and 76 yards.

  • Nigel Tribune did not play Saturday. The Iowa State Daily noted on Twitter that the freshman cornerback missed a treatment session on Friday, leading Paul Rhoads to instruct defensive coordinator not to play Tribune.

    Kenneth Lynn started in place of Tribune.

    If the report is correct, and Rhoads held Tribune out as a disciplinary reason, it's bogus. Rhoads might have his own policies in place, but Tribune is a player who needs all the experience he can get, as he'll be the only returning starter in the secondary next season.

    Meanwhile, defensive tackle David Irving continues to play despite the expectation he'll enter a plea deal with Story County after his mid-November arrest for domestic assault, simple assault. Irving missed a game.

  • With the exception of a Bundrage drop, the Cyclones got nice performances from the two presumptive aerial weapons for next season, Bundrage and tight end E.J. Bibbs.

  • Bundrage ties Todd Blythe for most touchdowns in a single season, with nine.

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