Iowa State exposes a mediocre West Virginia defense. New installed Freshman Quarterback Brock Purdy looked much more like the Heisman contending quarterback than his counterpart Will Grier on Saturday night. Iowa State’s defense held the highly regarded, but recently under-performing West Virginia offense to only 14 total points in this game.
The cyclones leaned on a tough defense, a strong running attack, and big plays to get a huge win over the sixth ranked Mountaineers. Teams that go into Ames without a defense are set up to have a tough night. The Cyclones make life difficult even for the best offenses and their offense takes a step forward at home.
This win sets up a big game in two weeks when the Red Raiders roll into Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones will have two weeks to prepare for the Red Raiders while Tech faces the team sitting at the bottom of the conference in the Kansas Jayhawks this coming Saturday before preparing for the Cyclones.
The Red Raiders should match up much better against the Cyclones in a few weeks with their much improved defensive unit, an explosive offense, and hopefully a healthy Alan Bowman. With wins over the next two weeks the Red Raiders would set up a huge matchup with the Longhorns at Jones Stadium while being right in the thick of Big 12 title contention.