Bundrage had 83 yards receiving and two scores and Coleman had 91 yards and two scores, including the game-winner on the first play of the third overtime. Quarterback Grant Rohach made his fourth career start and was 25-for-39 for 331 yards and four scores, but also had a 54-yard touchdown run. That was part of a season-high 244 yards rushing for the Cyclones.
"We just stayed focused and kept on playing," said Coach Paul Rhoads. "You can't rush things in a situation like that. The fake punt probably provided a bit of an energy boost for them, but we never had a surprise onside kick or anything like that. We just kept playing, trusting that our defense could put up some stops and that our offense could do the job.
"We finally got some turnovers of our own to get some gains."
It was the Cyclones (3-9, 2-7) giving away possessions early, though. Rohach threw an interception near his end zone to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Sims for a 10-0 lead. On the next play, safety Karl Joseph recovered a fumble and returned it 38 yards for a score.
The Mountaineers were being outscored 92-64 in the opening quarter this season.
Rohach's touchdown run got the Cyclones on the board, but Trickett and White connected for a 17-yard score. After Iowa State missed a field goal, Sims ran for a 76-yard touchdown that also made him WVU's first 1,000-yard back since Noel Devine in 2009.
The Mountaineers were up 31-7 in what was their most prolific half of the season. They scored 24 points in the first half against Oklahoma State and in the second half against Georgia State.
The Cyclones scored again before the half on a Rohach pass to Bundrage, but the Mountaineers seemed ready to put the game away late in the third quarter. Freshman running back Wendell Smallwood pushed toward the end zone and extended the ball to cross the goal line, but fumbled away possession at the 1.
Iowa State covered the 99 yards in 12 plays and Shontrelle Johnson's short touchdown run made it 31-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Trickett then hit Alford with a short throw on a quick slant and Alford ran away from everyone for a 76-yard touchdown.
It was WVU's second one-play, 76-yard touchdown drive of the game. The other scoring drives were seven plays for 38 yards, two plays for six yards and four plays for 91 yards.
Ultimately, though, it preceded one final collapse by a Mountaineers team that suffered similar letdowns this season against Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State and Texas.
"We talked about finishing all year long," Holgorsen said. "Obviously, that's going to be something that's got to be addressed in the offseason when it comes to the issues we had this year. We've had issues closing games this year. Why can't we close games? It comes down to execution, a burning desire to win, a collection of guys who don't want to let each other down, coaches and players included.
"Obviously, we're not at that point right now."
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