#13 Washington State Holds off #24 Iowa State’s Furious Comeback
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
#24 Iowa State 0 10 10 6 26
#13 Washington State 7 14 0 7 28
In yet another Valero Alamo Bowl that came down to the final minutes, #13
Washington State Cougars successfully held off #24 Iowa State Cyclones to
secure a two-point victory. For the first time in history both the Big 12 and
Pac-12 coaches of the year, Matt Campbell and Mike Leach respectively, led their
teams from the Alamodome sidelines.
Washington State, quarterbacked by Gardner Minshew II, took control of the
first half with a 21-10 lead. In the 7th minute of the first quarter Washington State
scored the first points of the game after Minshew threw a 22-yard touchdown
pass to Renard Bell. Washington State increased their lead to 14 by the middle
of the second quarter after an 88-yard drive that resulted in a 7-yard touchdown
run from Minshew.
A strong Washington State defense held Iowa State scoreless until the 25th
minute of the half when Iowa State’s true freshman quarterback, Brock Purdy,
responded with a 9-yard TD run of his own. Minshew completed his second
touchdown pass of the half to wide receiver Dezmon Patmon to increase their
lead to 14. In the final seconds of the second quarter, Iowa State kicker, Connor
Assalley, cleared the uprights for a 50-yard field goal making it 21-10 at the half.
Iowa State returned for the second half firing on all cylinders, outscoring
Washington State 10-0 in the third quarter. David Montgomery’s 8-yard run and
Assalley’s 23-yard field goal closed the gap to one point. The Cyclone defense
prevented the Cougars from increasing their lead, forcing three consecutive punts.
After a fourth quarter Iowa State fumble recovered by Washington State
linebacker Peyton Pelluer, a 20-yard pass to Davontavean Martin followed by
a 10-yard run from Max Borghi resulted in what would eventually be the game
winning touchdown. In the final five minutes of the game Iowa State scored on a
74-yard drive bringing the score within two. After a failed two-point conversion,
Washington State gained possession and ran out the final minutes on the clock
to become the 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl Champions.
The 2018 game marked the second consecutive bowl game the Cyclones played
in since the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Brock Purdy passed for 315 yards and wide
receiver Hakeem Butler caught nine passes for 192 yards, just six yards shy of
the Alamo Bowl record.
The Cougars 11-2 record marked their winningest season in program history.
After throwing for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Minshew became the Pac-12
single season leader in passing yards and completions, broke the bowl record
for most pass completions with 35 and was named the Valero Alamo Bowl
A mustached Minshew is named
2018 Offensive MVP after
passing for 299 yards.
114 DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM