In case you weren't aware (and judging by the attendance, you more than likely were not), a football game took place in Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, as Iowa State dropped their final home contest of the year to West Virginia, 37-24.
After falling behind 7-0 early in the first quarter, the now 2-9 Cyclones scored 21-straight points to hold a 21-7 lead after a quarter of play, but the Mountaineers battled back to score the game's next 20 points as they held a 27-21 half time lead.
Rallying behind a surprisingly competent defensive effort in the third quarter, Iowa State chipped away at the West Virginia lead with 34-yard field goal from Cole Netten, but those would prove to be the last points of the day for the Iowa State offense. The Mountaineers effectively put the game out of reach with a touchdown strike with 9 minutes left on the clock and added a field goal later in the quarter to make the final margin of victory a little more comfortable.
With the loss, this closed the chapter on the home careers of a senior class that only won two home games over the past two seasons, finishing just 2-11 during that span.
Sam B. Richardson got off to a hot start and was 10-13 for 137 yards and two touchdowns after a quarter of play, but finished just 26-50 with no more scoring strikes and a couple interceptions sprinkled in. Aaron Wimberly and Tad Ecby were the benefactors of Richardson's TD tosses. Wimberly also managed 77 yards and a rushing touchdown on the ground.
While the defense was effective at times, this marked yet another 500+ yard game from an opponent's offense as West Virginia churned out 570 yards and was remarkably balanced with both 285 yards on the ground and through the air. Iowa State did recover two fumbles and came up with a big 4th down stop, but it simply wasn't enough for this much maligned unit.
Iowa State regrettably has one more game left in this miserable season and it likely will not be pretty as the Cyclones travel to Ft. Worth to take on #5 TCU, which will undoubtedly be trying to score style points in an effort to impress the playoff selection committee.
It's almost over, Cyclone fans. Just one more painful week.