West Virginia finished the game with more than 200 rushing yards, but most of those numbers came in the second half. Wendell Smallwood, above, had a season low 72 rushing yards, but it was the threat of running that allowed passes down the field to open. Total rushing numbers are good for stats, but touchdowns are the goal every time in the red zone. Here Smallwood discusses how WVU was able to open the run game, but how it can still improve inside the twenty.
Shelton Gibson, meanwhile, had a career day with 148 receiving yards and a touchdown. Gibson has been quiet the past few weeks, with only one catchin the past three games. Against Iowa State, it was obvious the game plan was to get him as many touches as possible, and the Cyclones' focus of stopping the run gave him more chances to have an impact. Gibson brings another deminsion to the offense with his speed and ability to make defendes miss in space, and he must continue to make defenses pay for single-covering him. Here Lonnie Galloway explains why his play was vital in the victory.
Skyler Howard continues to improve in the run game. He's been making better decisions, and is finding holes with his feet to help open the ground attack. Howard discusses why West Virginia didn't underestimate the Cyclones, and how the crowd helped get him going even if they weren't cheering his name.