West Virginia beats Iowa State 31-24

West Virginia beats Iowa State 31-24
November 23, 2012, 7:03 pm
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West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, left, runs the ball as he is forced out of bounds by Iowa State defensive back Gage Shaeffer, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)


AMES, Iowa (AP) Tavon Austin turned a touch pass from Geno Smith into a 75-yard touchdown with 6:31 left and West Virginia held on to beat Iowa State 31-24 Friday to break a five-game losing streak.

In the first game between the two schools, the Mountaineers (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) trailed 24-23 when they took over on their own 25 after Iowa State's Edwin Arceo kicked a 49-yard field goal.

Smith took the snap in shotgun formation and immediately flicked the ball to Austin cutting in front of him. Austin, who had been held in check until then, turned the corner and easily outran the pursuit down the left sideline.

Iowa State (6-6, 4-5) then drove to the West Virginia 7, but Jeff Woody fumbled into the end zone and Karl Joseph recovered for the Mountaineers, which ran out the clock.