This week we have the OTHER newest member of the Big 12 in West Virginia. I can’t confirm, but I can only imagine “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is playing 24/7 everywhere you go. Anyway, the Cyclones and Mountaineers have only crossed paths 7 times, all coming since West Virginia joined the Big 12 in 2012. Iowa State has only beat West Virginia twice, but both Cyclone victories came in dramatic fashion.
In the second matchup in 2013, the Paul Rhoads-led Cyclone squad saw themselves down 31-7 early in the second quarter, before freshman quarterback Grant Rohach remembered how to play football, and led the team to a 52-44 triple-overtime win. While he threw for over 330 yards and 4 touchdowns, he is not who we will be looking at this week.
Iowa State is facing the sixth-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers in the fall of 2018, which featured a Hesiman-hopeful in West Virginia quarterback Will Grier. The Cyclones came into the game at just 2-3, which had some college football fans thinking Iowa State was not the team they thought they were. This was also coming just after one week after freshman quarterback Brock Purdy would see the field for the first time in the cardinal and gold and torch Oklahoma State’s defense.
West Virginia would open up against this sold out crowd with a punt, followed by Iowa State punting, then West Virginia once more before intercepting Brock Purdy. The Mountaineers capitalized on the turnover, as Will Grier found David Sills on an 18 yard touchdown pass to break the 0-0 tie.
On the ensuing Cyclone possession, the offense drove down the field and Brock Purdy got his playmaker, Hakeem Butler, the ball from 4 yards out. The Red Wedding got stops on the defensive side of the ball, and the offense scored on two straight possessions via David Montgomery and a freshman-to-freshman connection with Brock Purdy and Charlie Kolar. After a missed PAT and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, the Cyclones would take a lead into the half, 20-14.
Let’s not forget to talk about halftime.
Iowa State's halftime show was... different. pic.twitter.com/vwGYLpwG7h— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 14, 2018
Different? Maybe. Entertaining? You bet. This went viral and goes to show that the ISUCF’V’MB is also changing with the times, like the Cyclone football team.
After a scoreless 3rd quarter, we go to the 4th, where the Brock Purdy threaded the needle on a 32 yard touchdown pass to Deshaunte Jones, followed by a Matt Eaton 2 point conversion catch just a few minutes into the closing period. To top of the scoring this evening, this stifling defense would force a safety, and blow the non-existant roof off Jack Trice Stadium.
As soon as that clock hit triple zeros, the Cyclone faithful made their way onto the field.
Brock Purdy finished his first career start completing 18 of 25 passes for 254 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Hakeem “The Dream” Butler hauled in 6 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, while David Montgomery rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.
This week’s best Cyclone performance is: You. The fans. This game was electric for 60 straight minutes, thanks to Cyclone Nation. As soon as the team took the field for pregame warmups, the crowd erupted with “oo”s and “ah”s when they get the first look at the brand new all-black uniforms, and danced to our new unofficial fight song, the “Juicy Wiggle” for the first time. Unprofessional and all, these fans are indeed the best damn fans in all the land.