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Howard leads West Virginia over Iowa State 30-6

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Skyler Howard threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead West Virginia to a 30-6 win over Iowa State on Saturday.

Josh Lambert kicked three field goals for the Mountaineers (7-4, 4-4 Big 12), who won their fourth straight.

Bowl-eligible West Virginia finishes at Kansas State next Saturday and can reach eight wins in the regular season for the first time since coach Dana Holgorsen's first season in 2011.

Iowa State, with two field goals, was held out of the end zone for the first time this season. The Cyclones (3-9, 2-7) went winless on the road for the first time since 2008.

The game was the finale for Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, who was fired last Sunday and bows out with a career record of 32-55.

It was also the final home game for West Virginia's 20 seniors, who sang John Denver's "Country Roads" on their field together one final time.

K.J. Dillon's interception on Iowa State's opening series set up Howard's scoring toss to Shelton Gibson, who took a short pass and weaved his way across the field for a 60-yard TD.

Gibson finished with six catches for 148 yards. He also had a 53-yard kickoff return to set up a field goal.

Howard went 12 of 26 for 202 yards and led the Mountaineers in rushing with 73 yards. Wendell Smallwood finished with 72 yards, only his fourth game under 100 yards this season.

West Virginia amassed 426 rushing yards last week in a win at Kansas but had trouble getting any traction for most of the game against the Cyclones in a light rain.

After averaging just 2.7 yards per carry well into the third quarter, the Mountaineers ran the ball six straight times on an 83-yard drive, with Howard going 32 yards up the middle to put West Virginia ahead 23-6.

That seemed to sap the will out of Iowa State.

The Cyclones, who had converted two fake punts on the same drive in the second quarter, tried it again on fourth down from their own 15 early in the fourth quarter, but backup quarterback Sam Richardson threw incomplete from the punt formation. West Virginia took advantage of the gift with Rushel Shell scoring from 9 yards out for a 30-6 lead.

The final margin could have been greater.

The Mountaineers settled for a pair of field goals after taking over twice in Iowa State territory following interceptions, and they punted after taking over on downs at midfield.

Mike Warren, the nation's top freshman rusher, led Iowa State with 74 yards, but he didn't get a carry over the final five series. He finished the season with 1,339 yards.

Iowa State's Joel Lanning went 17 of 34 for 163 yards. He was intercepted twice.

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