Iowa State–West Virginia football rivalry

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Iowa State–West Virginia football rivalry
Iowa State Cyclones logo.svg
Iowa State Cyclones
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
West Virginia Mountaineers
First meeting2012
West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24
Latest meeting2018
Iowa State 30, West Virginia 14
Meetings total7
All-time seriesWest Virginia leads, 5-2 [1]
Largest victoryWest Virginia, 49-19 (2016)
Longest win streakWest Virginia, 4 (2014–17)
Current win streakIowa State, 1

The Iowa State–West Virginia football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Iowa State Cyclones football team of Iowa State University and West Virginia Mountaineers football team of the University of West Virginia.


West Virginia and Iowa State first met in 2012 when West Virginia joined the Big 12 conference and is the Big 12's newest rivalry. It could be argued that this rivalry dates back to 1980 when West Virginia stole the plans for Jack Trice Stadium to construct Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium . Before the inaugural meeting the game was unofficially dubbed the Riot Bowl [2] in homage to tendency of Iowa State and West Virginia fans to riot. The game was played on Thanksgiving weekend until 2016.

The rivalry reached new heights in 2018 when Iowa State defeated 6th ranked and undefeated West Virginia, dampening their National Championship hopes and shattering the dreams of Will Grier's Heisman campaign. After the game Iowa State faithful sang John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads ' a song that they had become accustomed to hearing after numerous throttlings at the hands of West Virginia. It was also decided that this will be known henceforth as Iowa State’s Defacto National Championship, much due in part to the fact that they are a sub .500 program all time and that West Virginia is their program’s father. [3]

Game results[edit]

Iowa State victoriesWest Virginia victoriesTie games
1 2012 Ames West Virginia 31–24
2 2013 Morgantown Iowa State 52–44
3 2014 Ames West Virginia 37–24
4 2015 Morgantown West Virginia 30–6
5 2016 Ames #19 West Virginia49–19
6 2017 Morgantown #14 West Virginia 20–16
7 2018 Ames Iowa State 30–14
Series: West Virginia leads 5–2

See also[edit]

  • List of NCAA college football rivalry games


  1. "West Virginia vs Iowa St". College Football Data Warehouse. 2018. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  2. "Introducing The Riot Bowl".
  3. "Iowa State Sings Country Roads After Beating West Virginia & Mountaineers Fans Are Triggered".

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