West Virginia's Emotional, Intellectual Defensive Leaders Talk Seniors, Victory Over Iowa State

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia held Iowa State scoreless over the final two quarters in a 30-6 win, giving a proper sendoff to seniors like K.J. Dillon and Shaq Petteway. The two defenders, along with coordinator Tony Gibson, dissect the effort and execution.

It wasn't as easy as it looked for West Virginia, depsite the Mountaineers holding ISU more than 125 yards eblow their season average. The Cyclones (3-9) never looked comfortable after some early running success, and ended the game with 284 yards after racking up more than 400 in seen of their last nine contests. The reason? A combination of execution and solid tackling by WVU's defense, as Gibson put the team in position to make plays. Dillon, who had a key interception early, speaks to that development, and how Kyle Rose rallied the team in the locker room at halftime to seize the mometum and the eventual win. Dillon also delves into his interception, which thwarted an early drive, and the difference in the defensive play over the final three quarters.

Next, Gibson discusses how he tried to corrall Iowa State's length at receiver on the outside, and the run fits and match-ups he tried to exploit. Gibson also details the senior class and his thoughts on what they both brought to the program and left as a legacy, even with at least two games left. Gibson also talks matching Iowa State's churning running game, and hiss changes at halftime, and what the key was to the second half shutout.

And finally, fellow senior Shaq Petteway, who led the team with eight tackles, six solo, goes in depth on the seniors, and how it became a total team goal not to lose to Iowa State on senior day two seasons after the West Virginia program did just that in 2013. Petteway also discusses the slopiness of the game, and what how he hopes the team will be remembered after winning four in a row following a brutal October stretch.


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