Despite having the Big 12’s top returning rusher, Justin Crawford, West Virginia hasn’t been able to consistently run the football. Eight games into the season, the Mountaineers rank 69th nationally, averaging just 161 yards per game on the ground.
It’s perhaps more surprising that the defense has struggled. West Virginia is allowing more than 460 yards a game, and that’s with the likes of Delaware State, East Carolina and Kansas accounting for three of its five wins. It’s the first time since 2013 that the Mountaineers are allowing more than 425 yards per game.
West Virginia won last year’s meeting in Ames 49-19. Iowa State had 561 yards of total offense, but did not score an offensive TD.
Milano forced Jalen Richard to fumble while returning a punt, with Mike Tolbert recovering it at the Raiders 14.
On Oakland’s next possession, Derek Carr’s pass over the middle was tipped by linebacker Preston Brown, and intercepted by safety Micah Hyde.
Buffalo then took command by going ahead 27-7 on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Taylor capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive by scoring on fourth-and-inches.
Oakland (3-5) lost for the fourth time in five games, and was unable to carry over the momentum following its dramatic 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Kansas City on Oct. 19.
Watson’s four-touchdown performance led the Texans to 38 points, so it’s tough to be too hard on him for three interceptions. But the Seahawks secondary duped him twice into throwing picks, including one early that was returned by Earl Thomas 78 yards for a touchdown.