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Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Preview and Predictions 10-12-2019


Quarterback play is a vital component for any football team, especially in the offensive-minded Big 12 Conference. Signal-callers coming off performances at the opposite end of the spectrum will tangle when Iowa State tries for a ninth consecutive win in October when it travels to West Virginia on Saturday.

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Sophomore Brock Purdy recorded his record-setting fourth-straight 300-yard offensive performance in the Cyclones' 49-24 win over TCU last weekend; he passed for 247 yards on 19-of-24 attempts and two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 102 yards with two TDs on the ground - the fourth player in FBS to achieve multiple pass and run TDs in FBS this season. "I think Brock is really special, I don't know if I have any different feeling for the words that I could use for Brock Purdy that I use consistently all year," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said after the win. "He's a guy that gives us the ability to be a dual-threat football player and I think when they overload in the run game, he's got the ability to take some heat off of the running game and I thought today he did that when he needed to." On the other hand, West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall threw four interceptions in last week's 42-31 loss to No. 11 Texas, but first-year coach coach Neal Brown was quick to jump to the defense of his grad transfer signal caller who passed for 367 yards. "I know all you want to talk about are the interceptions, (but) that's the best game (Kendall's) played without watching it on tape," Brown said. "The first interception he threw was his fault. He read the wrong coverage. The next three, two of them were in the receiver's hands and third one we had a guy run the wrong route."

TV: 4 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Iowa State -10.5.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (3-2, 1-1 Big 12): Purdy ranks fifth nationally in both total offense (356.2) and passing yardage (315.6) and is the program's career leader in completion percentage (68.3) as well as passing efficiency (167.8) - which ranks third among active FBS quarterbacks with at least 325 attempts. Senior Deshaunte Jones ranks seventh in receptions per game at 7.4 and is one of six players in FBS with multiple games of 10 or more catches, while sophomore Charlie Kolar is second on the team in receptions (20) and ranks ninth among tight ends in receiving yards (54.8) and 10th in catches (4.0). Led by sophomore linebacker O'Rien Vance, who leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally in sacks per game at 1.3 (6.5), the defense is giving up just 19.6 offensive points in regulation, has not yielded a first-quarter touchdown and is limiting opponents to 3.2 yards per rush - 32nd in FBS.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (3-2, 1-1): Kendall finished 31-of-46 with three touchdowns among his career-high yardage total against the Longhorns, but two costly picks in the fourth quarter led to 14 points and an 18-point deficit. "The story of the game - we had four turnovers. We missed two field goals. That's six points," Brown said. "We get a turnover in the third quarter with a chance to tie the game, and we have to kick a field goal. That's four points, (and) that's a ten-point swing. That was the story of it." Junior T.J. Simmons finished with seven catches for a career-high 135 yards and a touchdown, becoming the Mountaineers' first 100-yard receiver this season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. West Virginia leads the all-time series 5-2. West Virginia entered this game last season 5-0 and ranked sixth but was shut out in the second half of a 30-14 road loss to the Cyclones.

2. Alabama is the only other Power 5 program besides Iowa State without a loss in October since 2017.

3. The Cyclones' offense has only two true three-and-outs this season, tied for first nationally, and is 22-of-23 in the red zone (16 TDs, six field goals) to rank eighth.

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Milan Puskar Stadium
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.
Capacity: 60,000

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Last Injuries

West Virginia Mountaineers

  • Vandarius Cowan

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Cowan is recovering from knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Austin Kendall

    Chest
    Prob Sat | probable

    Kendall was removed from the previous game with a chest injury. He is likely to be available Saturday versus Oklahoma.

  • Hakeem Bailey

    Suspension
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Bailey was ejected from the last game for targeting and will be suspended for at least the first half of Saturday's game versus Oklahoma.

  • Sam James

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    James is sidelined with a head injury, but he is projected to face Iowa State on Saturday.

Iowa State Cyclones

  • O'Rien Vance

    Upper Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Vance missed the last game with an upper body injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available Oct. 26 versus Oklahoma State.

  • Greg Eisworth

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Eisworth has an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will play against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

  • Kene Nwangwu

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Nwangwu is dealing with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday versus Oklahoma State.

  • Greg Eisworth

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Eisworth has a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Texas Tech.

  • Kene Nwangwu

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Nwangwu is dealing with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Texas Tech on Saturday.

  • Colin Newell

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Newell is sidelined with a sprained right knee, and it is unclear when he will return to action.

  • Kene Nwangwu

    Hamstring
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Nwangwu has a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will play against West Virginia on Saturday.

  • JaQuan Bailey

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | out

    Bailey has an ankle injury and is expected to miss an extended period.

west-virginia-mountaineers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Austin Kendall 4 0 125.669 0 144 94 3 0 0 6 871
Jack Allison 1 0 33.200 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Kennedy McKoy 4 0 151 0 48 3
Leddie Brown 2 0 105 0 19 1
Martell Pettaway 3 0 54 0 21 2
Alec Sinkfield 4 0 40 0 14 0
Austin Kendall 4 0 26 0 22 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Sam James 4 0 263 0 26 0 1
T.J. Simmons 4 0 125 0 13 0 0
George Campbell 3 0 100 0 4 0 3
Sean Ryan 4 0 98 0 10 0 0
Tevin Bush 2 0 95 0 6 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Josh Chandler 4 0 18 14 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Hakeem Bailey 4 0 17 5 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1
Sean Mahone 4 0 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dylan Tonkery 4 0 13 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Josh Norwood 3 0 11 10 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Evan Staley 4 0 6 9 44 10 10
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Sam James 4 0 8 0 27 142
Alec Sinkfield 4 0 1 0 39 39
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Ali Jennings 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Austin Kendall 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
George Campbell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Josh Growden 4 0 0 886 0 60 22 0 0
Kennedy McKoy 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Alec Sinkfield 4 0 4 0 16 28
Logan Thimons 1 0 1 0 0 16

iowa-state-cyclones-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Re-al Mitchell 1 0 252.800 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 9
Brock Purdy 3 0 172.427 0 102 75 1 0 0 6 989
Deshaunte Jones 3 0 .000 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 51
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Kene Nwangwu 3 0 106 0 12 0
Brock Purdy 3 0 98 0 20 3
Breece Hall 3 0 82 0 17 0
Sheldon Croney Jr. 3 0 76 0 22 1
Johnnie Lang 3 0 75 0 17 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tarique Milton 3 0 304 0 13 0 2
Deshaunte Jones 3 0 257 0 20 0 1
Charlie Kolar 3 0 177 0 14 0 0
La'Michael Pettway 3 0 159 0 12 0 3
Sheldon Croney Jr. 3 0 39 0 5 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Greg Eisworth 3 0 14 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Mike Rose 3 0 12 12 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5
Lawrence White 3 0 11 16 0 0 1 25 3 0 0 0
Marcel Spears Jr. 3 0 11 12 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 3
Anthony Johnson 3 0 9 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 7 3
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Connor Assalley 3 0 7 8 42 13 13
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Johnnie Lang 3 0 3 0 24 46
Kene Nwangwu 3 0 2 0 35 58
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Brock Purdy 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Datrone Young 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sheldon Croney Jr. 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brock Purdy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Deshaunte Jones 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Joe Rivera 2 0 0 272 0 44 7 0 0
La'Michael Pettway 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Re-al Mitchell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Tarique Milton 3 0 2 0 7 13
Datrone Young 3 0 1 0 0 0