ISU Beats West Virginia, 52-44, In Triple Overtime Thriller
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State rallied from a 31-7 deficit to force overtime and Grant Rohach hit Justin Coleman for the game-winner on the first play of the third overtime, as the Cyclones beat West Virginia, 52-44, in the final game of the season for both teams. With the win, Iowa State finishes the season 3-9 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12. West Virginia falls to 4-8 overall and 2-7 in league play.
The Cyclones trailed 31-14 entering the fourth quarter. The 17-point deficit comeback victory matches the largest-ever in school history.
The Cyclones had a season-high 575 yards of total offense after totaling 502 last week against Kansas. The Cyclones won the final two games of the regular season for the first time since 2000.
Turning Point of the Game
With Iowa State trailing 38-21 with under 13 minutes left, Kirby Van Der Kamp ran a fake punt 21 yards to convert on 4th and 17 from the ISU 21. The Cyclones completed the drive with a 62-yard strike from Rohach to Quenton Bundrage to trim the lead to 38-28.
The Cyclones wound up scoring a season-high 24 points in the quarter to force overtime. Rohach’s 19-yard TD pass to Coleman with 1:00 left tied the score for the first time in the game.
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Offensive Game Ball Goes To...
A number of players could be mentioned but it was Rohach that led the charge. The redshirt freshman finished 25-of-39 for a career-high 331 yards and four touchdown passes. Rohach also rank for 66 yards, including a 54-yard TD scamper in the first quarter. Rohach is one of three freshmen in school history to record a 300-yard passing game. Rohach has done it twice in back-to-back games.
Quenton Bundrage tied his career-high with seven receptions for 93 yards. With two touchdown catches, Bundrage finished the season with nine scores, tying Todd Blythe for the single-season school record.
Justin Coleman also had a pair of scores through the air, grabbing five catches for 91 yards, including the game-winner in the third overtime.
Shontrelle Johnson’s 72 yards on the ground led a rushing attack that totaled a season-high 244 yards.
Defensive Game Ball Goes To...
Jacques Washington and Jeremiah George, .playing in their final games as Cyclones, stepped up and made big play after big play.
Washington had a team-high-tying eight tackles and also grabbed his first two interceptions of the season. His interception with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter set up the game-tying score. Washington concludes his career with 311 tackles, which ranks 15th in school history.
George finished with seven stops and two forced fumbles in his last game. George concludes his career with 225 stops.
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Cyclone Quick Hits
*E.J. Bibbs had multiple catches in every game this season.
*The 52 points scored is the most since beating Texas Tech, 52-38, on Oct. 2, 2010.
*ISU is 3-0 all-time in triple overtime games and 3-1 in overtime games in the Paul Rhoads era.
*Aaron Wimberly had career-highs of five receptions and 59 yards.
*ISU’s 26 first downs was a season-best.
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