Iowa State is at it again.
The Cyclones, for a second-consecutive year, have turned into giant slayers in the month of October, the latest victim sixth-ranked West Virginia, as ISU handed the Mountaineers a 30-14 loss Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.
It’s the second-straight win over a top-25 opponent for the Cyclones (3-3, 2-2) after dispatching No. 25 Oklahoma State last week. This after an October that saw ISU win four-straight with two top-five victories in 2017.
The Cyclones fell behind 7-0 after a Mountaineers touchdown midway through the first quarter, but quickly responded when true freshman Brock Purdy, making his second career start, connected with Hakeem Butler for a four-yard score. Later in the frame, David Montgomery, who missed last week with an injury, added a second touchdown.
ISU went up by two scores in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Purdy to Charlie Kolar.
West Virginia got a boost before halftime, however, when the Mountaineers blocked a field goal attempt and Derrek Pitts, Jr. returned it 72 yards for a touchdown.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Cyclones padded their lead on a beautiful 32-yard pass from Purdy to Deshaunte Jones early in the final frame.
ISU frustrated and contained West Virginia quarterback and Heisman hopeful Will Grier, who went 11 of 15 for 100 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Grier was also sacked seven times despite the fact ISU was without star defensive lineman Ray Lima, who was out with a concussion.
West Virginia had just 115 total yards of offense while the Cyclones accumulated 503.
Montgomery rushed 29 times for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown. Purdy was 18 of 25 for 254 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
ISU is off next week before hosting Texas Tech on Oct. 27.