EditorsNote: Corrects state abbreviation in lead; corrects Purdy TD run to second “quarter” in graf 7; other minor edits
True freshman Breece Hall ran for three touchdowns and Iowa State won its ninth consecutive October game, knocking off West Virginia 38-14 on Saturday in Morgantown, W. Va.
Hall, who entered the game with 84 yards and no TDs on 18 carries, ran for 132 yards on 26 carries. His 12-yard run with 9:39 left in the third quarter gave Iowa State (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) the lead for good, while a 1-yard score on the first play of the second quarter tied the contest at 7.
A second 1-yard TD with 1:42 left made him the second Cyclone to rush for three scores in a game this season, along with quarterback Brock Purdy against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 21.
Iowa State outscored the West Virginia 24-0 after halftime, limiting the Mountaineers to 44 yards in the second half and 190 for the game.
West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) led 7-0 late in the first quarter thanks to a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown by freshman safety Tykee Smith on a tipped pass. The Mountaineers trailed 14-7 late in the first half before T.J. Simmons scored on a 9-yard pass from junior Jack Allison with 28 seconds left before halftime.
Allison, a Miami transfer, entered the game on West Virginia’s second series after starting quarterback (and Oklahoma grad transfer) Austin Kendall suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury and did not return. Allison threw for 140 yards on 18-of-24 passing with a TD and an interception.
Purdy threw for 229 yards with a TD and an interception on 19-of-30 passing and also ran for a 2-yard TD run midway through the second quarter. It was the sophomore’s team-best sixth rushing score of the season and 11th of his career.
Purdy’s 18-yard TD pass to Joe Scates with 6:54 left in the fourth made it 31-14 to lock up another October win. The Cyclones have not lost a game in the month since falling 31-26 to Kansas State on Oct. 29, 2016.
Iowa State stays on the road for its next game, next Saturday at Texas Tech, while West Virginia travels to Oklahoma that same day.
—Field Level Media