West Virginia Finished the Home Slate With a 6-1 Mark. Here's a Look at Odds, Ends and Analysis

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia held Iowa State scoreless in the second half to boost their resume with another Big 12 win. Here's a helping of insights to go with the Thanksgiving leftovers.

  • Twenty seniors were honored in West Virginia's last home game of the season, six of whom have been around since West Virginia's Orange Bowl victory in 2011. 
  • After a three-and-out on West Virginia's first possession, Iowa State quickly gashed the Mountaineers with two big runs, but a KJ Dillon interception quickly changed momentum as Skyler Howard connected with Shelton Gibson on the very next play for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Gibson weaved past multiple defenders to get in the end zone for the first time since scoring at TCU. It was his second longest this season after a 70 yard touchdown against Baylor. 
  • A disappointing spot midway through the first quarter led to a failed fourth down conversion for West Virginia, and handed the Cyclones the ball on their own 42-yard line. Ten plays later Iowa State broke their goose egg with a 33 yard field goal to get on the board 7-3. 
  • Shelton Gibson had his second big play of the day when he returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards against one of the better coverage units in the conference. Josh Lambert capped the drive with a 40 yard field goal to extend the Mountaineers lead to 10-3. 
  • With 11:02 left in the second quarter, ISU's Joel Lanning was intercepted by Daryl Worely at ISU's 45 yard line. It was Worley's fifth pick of the season. But again, Iowa State held the Mountaineers to a Josh Lambert 30 yard field goal to push West Virginia's lead to 13-3. 
  • It was the first time Lambert has made at least two field goals since going 2/2 against Liberty. His season high was three against Georgia Southern. 
  • West Virginia held Iowa State to fourth down twice on ISU's final first half drive, and twice the Cyclones converted. Albeit, West Virginia only surrendered three points from a 49 yard field goal to close out the half leading 13-6. 
  • At the half, ISU led in most major offensive catagories with 178 total yards, 58 rushing yards,  and 12 first down conversions. The Mountaineers dominated the defensive box score with three sacks, 38 total tackles and two turnovers - which could have been three if not for a Nick Kwiatkowski drop early in the first quarter. 
  • Iowa State tried to pick up where they left off in the first half by going for their third fourth down of the day, which was quickly shut down by Noble Nwachukwu and Christian Brown who jammed Mike Warren in the backfield. 
  • Skyler Howard's first turnover came with 10:14 left in the third quarter. Howard forced the ball into double coverage over the middle looking for Jordan Thompson. But the turnover didn't end up being too costly. The defense forced the Cyclones to punt, then drove the field allowing Lambert to hit his third field goal of the day extending the lead to 16-6. On that drive, though, Howard connected with Gibson for a 52 yard catch, but had to settle for only three. Lambert tied his season-best with three FGs.
  • At the 3:38 mark in the third quarter, Howard redeemed himself with a 32 yard designed touchdown run extending WVU's lead to 23-6. Great vision and pure athleticsim from Howard helped him glide into the end zone. 
  • On the Cyclones ensuing drive, Jeremy Tyler forced and recovered his first fumble of the season at ISU's 46 yard line. It was his second forced fumble, but first recovered of his career. 
  • Shelton Gibson's big day with 148-receiving yards is a new career high, and is his first time over the 100 yard mark since Maryland (130). 
  • West Virginia has 21 interceptions this year, which is a tie for second best in the nation. Only Arkansas State and Boise State have more. 
  • Iowa State showed poise early, but stalled on drives late in the game. With their backs to the endzone, Iowa State failed to convert on fourth down with 11:12 left in the game. Three plays later, Rushel Shell tumbled into the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown to really put the game out of reach 30-6. 
  • A few seniors had notable perfomances. Shaq Petteway led all players with eight total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Nick Kwiatkowski also added seven total tackles. KJ Dillon's interception was a turning point for West Virginia in the first quarter, and led to their first touchdown. 
  • West Virginia was perfect in the red zone going 3/3, but with only one touchdown. 
  • Elijah Wellman's first carry of the game came late in the fourth quarter for 14 yards, which is a career long. 
  • Overall the offense his the 200-200 mark again with 202-passing yards behind Skyler Howard, and 217 rushing yards. Skyler Howard and Wendell Smallwood combined for 145-rushing yards. 

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