Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/27/13
Iowa State ended a seven-game losing streak with a 34-0 win last Saturday at home against Kansas. The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) will take on the Iowa State Cyclones (2-9, 1-7 Big 12) in the final game of the 2013 season this Saturday at 4 pm. The matchup will be televised by Fox Sports 1. Both teams are heading in separate directions going into their final weekend of play. Two weeks ago, the Mountaineers were blown out by a Kansas team that hadn’t won a Big 12 game since 2010, while the Cyclones took care of business against the same Jayhawks squad last weekend, winning 34-0. The only other win this season for Iowa State came against Tulsa, way back before conference play began. The Cyclones have been close to winning some games, and almost pulled off a victory against the Texas Longhorns, eventually losing by one point. Iowa State’s record is a little deceiving, they’ve at least been competitive in some of their contests, losing close games to Iowa and TCU. Last week seemed to be a break through for the Cyclones, they did what West Virginia could not do, which was beat up on a hapless Kansas team. Because of the overtime loss to Texas the week before hand, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was well aware that a letdown against Kansas might happen. “The Texas game beat us twice,” said Holgorsen. “We talked about it not happening, but it did. Why? You can keep pointing your finger at me. That’s what my job is and I didn’t reach them. I didn’t get them back. That’s on me and I don’t mind saying that.” Not being able to reach this team seems to be a reoccurring theme for Holgorsen, they have not won back to games all season long. Last week, while Iowa State was busy beating up on the Jayhawks, West Virginia was using their bye week to work some of the younger players and rest some of the players that have been used more frequently. It was essentially a developmental week for the program. West Virginia also used the bye week to get healthy, a number of players are injured and some still questionable going into this weekend. Safety Darwin Cook, right tackle Curtis Feigt, linebacker Isaiah Bruce and cornerback Daryl Worley are all questionable. The Mountaineers have twelve seniors who will be playing their final game in Morgantown. Since the move to the Big 12 conference, West Virginia is 11-13 overall and 6-11 in Big 12 play. Iowa State is led by quarterback Sam Richardson, he’s thrown for 1,397 yards, 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. The Cyclones are led by Aaron Wimberly in the running game, who has 515 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Quenton Bundrage leads Iowa State in receiving with 41 receptions for 583 yards and seven touchdowns. For the Mountaineers, quarterback Clint Trickett still leads statistically in the passing game, with 1,249 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Charles Sims is one of the best backs in the Big 12, he’s carried the ball 184 times for 946 yards and nine touchdowns. Kevin White leads the Mountaineers in receiving with 33 catches for 480 yards and four touchdowns. It is unclear which quarterback will get the start for WVU on Saturday. West Virginia will look for its fifth win to end a long, struggling season, on a positive note against the Cyclones.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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