Just in case you thought Iowa State was going to just take their Championship Game berth, which had been locked up via Texas’ win over K-State, and be fine with whatever happens, that didn’t happen.
From the opening kick on, Matt Campbell’s Cyclones seemingly set out to make statement against an acclaimed Mountaineer defense that Iowa State is to be taken seriously not just in the Big 12, but in the College Football Playoff picture as well.
Breece Hall opened up the scoring with a ridiculous 23-yard scamper, which was followed by a 10 yard keeper for Brock Purdy, and LANDEN AKERS’ FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION.
Meanwhile, Jon Heacock was going to work, completely neutralizing the WVU run game, and forcing Jarrett Doege into making difficult throws downfield, most of which did not go well at all.
The third quarter was more of the same for Iowa State, as Charlie Kolar scored one of the most disrespectful touchdown catches you’ll see all year, and Kene Nwangwu finally got the chance to turn on the afterburners and house one from 47 yards out.
West Virginia eventually decided to ruin everything by kicking a couple useless field goals in the fourth quarter, but the offense retaliated with a Breece Hall receiving touchdown on 4th and 5.
All in all, an absolutely dominant performance from start to finish.
If the CFP is looking for style points, Iowa State put on just about the best show you could ask for.
Next up: the Big 12 Championship.