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West Virginia rolls past Iowa State 49-19

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Skyler Howard threw for 330 yards and tied a career high with five touchdowns and No. 19 West Virginia rolled past Iowa State 49-19 on Saturday.

Freshman Martell Pettaway burned his redshirt and ran for 181 yards in his debut for the Mountaineers (9-2, 6-2 Big 12), who outscored Iowa State 28-3 in the second half.

Howard's 71-yard TD toss to Shelton Gibson and Pettaway's 4-yard touchdown run, the first of his career, made it 35-19 late in the third quarter. Gibson followed with a 40-yard TD catch to give West Virginia to 23-point cushion.

Justin Crawford, who ran for 331 yards against Oklahoma last week, was replaced by Pettaway after two series.

Kene Nwangwu had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Cole Netten kicked four field goals to lead Iowa State (3-9, 2-7). But settling for three instead of converting for seven points - and losing the turnover battle 4-0 - killed the Cyclones chances.

Jacob Park threw for 371 yards and David Montgomery ran for 141 yards for Iowa State.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: The Mountaineers blew a chance at a possible run at the Big 12 title with an ugly 56-28 loss to the Sooners last week. Beating the Cyclones on the road might not seem like much, but the Mountaineers showed resolve in a game that was close for a half.

Iowa State: The improvement the Cyclones made from September to November was impressive, even though the game snowballed out of control Saturday. It figured to take a few years for Iowa State to become respectable in the Big 12. With a full offseason, a year of conference play under his belt and an emerging quarterback in Park, young coach Matt Campbell might get the Cyclones near bowl contention in 2017.

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