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West Virginia beats No. 14 Iowa State 20-16

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) A scolding from coach Dana Holgorsen after a double-digit loss a week ago helped West Virginia's players regain their focus and throw a wrench in No. 14 Iowa State's magical season.

Will Grier threw two touchdown passes, Justin Crawford broke out of a three-game slump with 102 yards rushing and West Virginia held on for a 20-16 victory over the Cyclones on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) became bowl eligible and knocked the Cyclones (6-3, 4-2, No. 15 CFP) out of a four-way tie for first place.

Iowa State trailed 20-0 late in the second quarter and never recovered in losing on the road for the first time.

Holgorsen had publicly ridiculed his team for lacking toughness last week in a loss to Oklahoma State , and the Mountaineers started well Saturday on both sides of the ball and their big lead held up.

''I was proud of our guys with the way that they responded with me kind of calling them out,'' Holgorsen said. ''We ran the ball effectively and played pretty smart.''

Not all the time.

West Virginia penalties extended three scoring drives for the Cyclones in the second half, but Iowa State twice settled for field goals inside the 10-yard line to pull within 20-16. The Cyclones got the ball back with five minutes left after D'Andre Payne ripped the ball from West Virginia's David Sills in the end zone for an interception.

But West Virginia's Kenny Robinson broke up Kyle Kempt's fourth-down pass to Marchie Murdock at the Iowa State 37. West Virginia's Kennedy McKoy then ran for a first down on third-and-17, and the Mountaineers ran out the clock.

''I give so much credit to our kids,'' Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. ''They just kept fighting and kept playing. They gave themselves a chance to win at the end of the football game. We just came up short. A lot of those had to do with some of our inefficiencies in the first half.''

Grier rebounded from his worst performance of the season when he threw four interceptions against Oklahoma State.

He found Ka'Raun White for a 63-yard pass on the game's first series. White would have scored easily except he stepped out of bounds with no one around him at the Iowa State 10. Sills caught a scoring toss on the next play to increase his national lead to 16 TD catches.

White made up for his gaffe early in the second quarter with a 55-yard TD reception from Grier between two defenders. Grier finished 20 of 25 for 316 yards, his eighth 300-yard performance of the season.

But West Virginia was held scoreless in the second half and Iowa State crawled back behind Kempt's 1-yard TD pass to Allen Lazard and three field goals from Garrett Owens.

''I don't think we went out there and relaxed in the second half,'' Holgorsen said. ''I think they played better.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa State: The Cyclones, coming off a 14-7 upset of No. 10 TCU , allowed 524 yards of offense, couldn't come back from its biggest deficit of the season and now has some work to do if it's going to reach the Big 12 championship game.

West Virginia: In knocking off a ranked opponent for the second time this season, West Virginia compiled 208 rushing yards after averaging 75 in its three previous games.

DEFENSE FOR A CHANGE

West Virginia held Iowa State to 350 total yards, only the second time this season the Mountaineers held an opponent to under 400 yards. Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton said the Mountaineers had a physical week in practice and the players fed off each others' emotions. ''It felt like Mountaineer football. That's what it felt like,'' he said. ''We've got to help each other out.''

SURGING CRAWFORD

Crawford had been held to 45, 30 and 47 yards in his previous three games. He was effective in keeping drives going Saturday and had a season-high 25 carries. He left the game after getting up slowly early in the fourth quarter and didn't get a carry the rest of the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa State will likely fall several spots in the AP poll .

UP NEXT:

Iowa State: The Cyclones play No. 11 Oklahoma State at home next Saturday.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers travel to Kansas State next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:23
17-G.Owens 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
72
yds
04:55
pos
16
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:33
17-G.Owens 18 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
81
yds
03:44
pos
13
20
Point After TD 10:48
17-G.Owens extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
20
Touchdown 10:48
17-K.Kempt complete to 5-A.Lazard. 5-A.Lazard runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
71
yds
04:08
pos
9
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:51
17-G.Owens 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
54
yds
04:22
pos
3
20
Field Goal 6:20
30-E.Staley 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
50
yds
04:18
pos
0
20
Point After TD 11:59
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 11:59
7-W.Grier complete to 2-K.White. 2-K.White runs 55 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
114
yds
03:01
pos
0
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:02
30-E.Staley 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
37
yds
02:37
pos
0
10
Point After TD 13:39
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:39
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
01:21
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 23
Rushing 5 11
Passing 13 12
Penalty 5 0
3rd Down Conv 6-14 6-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 340 524
Total Plays 69 72
Avg Gain 4.9 7.3
Net Yards Rushing 101 208
Rush Attempts 29 47
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 4.4
Net Yards Passing 239 316
Comp. - Att. 27-40 20-25
Yards Per Pass 6.0 12.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-30 8-85
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 4-44.8 3-44.3
Return Yards 107 41
Punts - Returns 1-19 2-4
Kickoffs - Returns 4-88 2-37
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 4/4 4/5
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
15 Iowa State 6-3 0310316
West Virginia 6-3 10100020
239 PASS YDS 316
101 RUSH YDS 208
340 TOTAL YDS 524
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Kempt 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.5% 249 1 1 123.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.9% 1108 10 3 146.4
K. Kempt 27/40 249 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 115 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
182 831 8
D. Montgomery 26 115 0 19
K. Kempt 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 -3 0
K. Kempt 3 -14 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Butler 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 62 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 467 4
H. Butler 4 62 0 26
M. Murdock 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 372 4
M. Murdock 6 52 0 20
A. Lazard 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 49 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 526 6
A. Lazard 5 49 1 23
T. Ryen 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 361 1
T. Ryen 6 40 0 15
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 224 0
D. Montgomery 2 17 0 11
C. Allen 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 39 0
C. Allen 1 13 0 13
D. Jones 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 186 0
D. Jones 2 11 0 7
M. Eaton 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 134 4
M. Eaton 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Spears Jr. 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 2 0.0
M. Spears Jr. 8-0 0.0 0
B. Peavy 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 2 0.0
B. Peavy 7-0 0.0 0
W. Harvey 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
W. Harvey 6-1 0.0 0
J. Lanning 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
J. Lanning 6-1 0.0 0
E. Edwards 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
E. Edwards 5-0 0.0 0
R. Wilkerson 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
R. Wilkerson 5-0 0.0 0
J. Waggoner 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Waggoner 4-0 0.0 0
K. Cotton-Moya 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
K. Cotton-Moya 3-0 0.0 0
Ja. Bailey 19 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ja. Bailey 2-0 0.0 0
R. Lima 76 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Lima 2-1 0.0 0
Jo. Bailey 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Jo. Bailey 1-0 0.0 0
M. Alexander 37 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0
V. Trent 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
V. Trent 1-0 0.0 0
S. Benton 46 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Benton 1-0 0.0 0
L. White 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. White 1-0 0.0 0
D. Ruth 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Ruth 1-0 0.0 0
E. Uwazurike 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Uwazurike 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Owens 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
12/16 33/33
G. Owens 3/3 42 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Downing 13 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
47 42.1 2
C. Downing 4 44.8 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Akers 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 22.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 21.1 32 0
L. Akers 4 22.0 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ryen 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 13.6 19 1
T. Ryen 1 19.0 19 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
80% 316 2 1 204.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 3068 30 10 165.8
W. Grier 20/25 316 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 102 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
142 786 7
J. Crawford 25 102 0 21
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 60 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 396 4
K. McKoy 12 60 0 17
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 126 2
W. Grier 5 28 0 12
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 121 1
M. Pettaway 5 18 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Ka. White 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 167 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 739 8
Ka. White 4 167 1 63
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 63 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
69 823 1
G. Jennings 7 63 0 18
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 518 5
M. Simms 4 52 0 21
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 73 0
K. McKoy 2 14 0 16
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 793 16
D. Sills V 2 12 1 10
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 38 0
J. Crawford 1 8 0 8
Defense T-A SACK INT
H. Bailey 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
H. Bailey 10-0 0.0 0
D. Tonkery 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
D. Tonkery 8-0 0.0 0
E. Battle 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
E. Battle 7-0 0.0 0
A. Benton 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 2 0.0
A. Benton 7-2 0.0 1
K. Robinson 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
K. Robinson 5-0 0.0 0
R. Donahue 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
R. Donahue 5-0 0.0 0
D. Long 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Long 4-1 0.0 0
Ky. White 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 3 0.0
Ky. White 4-1 0.0 0
E. Rose 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
E. Rose 2-0 1.0 0
D. Askew-Henry 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 1 0.0
D. Askew-Henry 1-3 0.0 0
L. McDougle 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. McDougle 1-1 0.0 0
M. Daniels 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
M. Daniels 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Staley 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/4 6/6
E. Staley 2/3 36 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 39.9 2
B. Kinney 3 44.3 2 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.5 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 26.6 19 0
M. Simms 2 18.5 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 2.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 4.8 3 0
M. Simms 2 2.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 IOWAST 30 0:45 3 22 INT
9:55 IOWAST 25 1:31 3 8 Punt
4:58 IOWAST 3 4:50 12 43 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:59 IOWAST 25 1:12 3 5 Punt
6:13 IOWAST 32 4:22 10 43 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 IOWAST 14 4:08 11 86 TD
6:17 IOWAST 34 3:44 11 65 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:03 IOWAST 12 0:18 4 29 Punt
12:18 IOWAST 26 4:55 13 67 FG
4:57 IOWAST 20 2:01 7 17 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 25 1:21 4 75 TD
12:39 IOWAST 48 2:37 7 37 FG
8:13 WVU 30 3:15 6 30 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 6 3:01 9 94 TD
10:38 WVU 31 4:18 9 50 FG
1:38 WVU 19 1:36 8 64 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:41 WVU 10 4:21 11 56 Downs
2:29 WVU 35 1:24 3 8 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:34 WVU 8 1:03 4 34 Punt
7:19 WVU 25 2:14 6 -5 INT
2:52 IOWAST 37 2:12 6 19 Game