The Ottumwa Courier

December 2, 2013

Iowa State fires OC Messingham after 3-9 season

LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer

---- — AMES (AP) — A late-season flourish wasn't enough to save Iowa State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham's job.

Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads announced Sunday that Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope had been fired less than 24 hours after Iowa State closed out a 3-9 season with a 52-44 triple-overtime win at West Virginia.

Messingham had been with Rhoads for five seasons, the last two as offensive coordinator. But the Cyclones averaged just 24.8 points a game this season and rank 89th nationally with 143.8 yards rushing per game.

"I want to thank both Courtney and Kenith for their service to Iowa State," Rhoads said. "They have great character and work ethic, and have been excellent ambassadors for the university and community. They worked hard to help elevate our program and have been an important part of the success we have had in this program the last five years."

The Cyclones say that Rhoads won't have additional comment on the moves for at least two weeks.

Messingham was promoted to receivers coach to offensive coordinator before the 2012 season after Tom Herman left to join coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

The Cyclones could never sustain much consistency on offense under Messingham — though an ever-changing quarterback situation had a lot to do with that.

Three different quarterbacks started for Iowa State last season as it finished 6-7 and lost in the Liberty Bowl. Incumbent Sam Richardson hurt his ankle in a season-opening loss to Northern Iowa in September and was never the same.

Neither were the Cyclones.

Iowa State's inexperienced offensive line was decimated by injuries, and at one point the Cyclones lost seven games in a row before bouncing back with wins over Kansas and the Mountaineers to close the season.

Though Pope had a deep talent pool to work with at running back, his players were left to work behind that same patchwork line. No Iowa State running back averaged more than 4 yards a carry this season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Saturday's Game

IOWA ST. 52, WEST VIRGINIA 44, 3OT

Iowa St.	7	7	0	24	3	3	8 —52

West Virginia	17	14	0	7	3	3	0 —44

First Quarter

WVU—FG Lambert 49, 11:36.

WVU—Sims 7 run (Lambert kick), 4:16.

WVU—Joseph 38 fumble return (Lambert kick), 3:57.

ISU—Rohach 54 run (Netten kick), 1:19.

Second Quarter

WVU—K.White 17 pass from Trickett (Lambert kick), 14:55.

WVU—Sims 76 run (Lambert kick), 9:05.

ISU—Bundrage 10 pass from Rohach (Netten kick), 7:23.

Fourth Quarter

ISU—Johnson 3 run (Netten kick), 14:00.

WVU—Alford 76 pass from Trickett (Lambert kick), 13:42.

ISU—Bundrage 62 pass from Rohach (Netten kick), 9:38.

ISU—FG Netten 31, 4:21.

ISU—Coleman 19 pass from Rohach (Netten kick), 1:00.

First Overtime

ISU—FG Netten 40.

WVU—FG Lambert 41.

Second Overtime

WVU—FG Lambert 26.

ISU—FG Netten 26.

Third Overtime

ISU—Coleman 25 pass from Rohach (Bibbs pass from Rohach).

A—33,735.

ISU	WVU

First downs	26	19

Rushes-yards	53-244	36-212

Passing	331	356

Comp-Att-Int	25-39-1	21-38-2

Return Yards	16	6

Punts-Avg.	4-37.0	3-56.0

Fumbles-Lost	4-1	3-2

Penalties-Yards	8-54	6-45

Time of Possession	36:50	23:10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Iowa St., Johnson 18-72, Rohach 9-66, Wimberly 15-52, Van Der Kamp 1-21, Woody 4-17, J.White 3-15, Nealy 2-6, Bundrage 1-(minus 5). West Virginia, Sims 24-149, D.Smith 5-58, Smallwood 4-14, Trickett 3-(minus 9).

PASSING—Iowa St., Rohach 25-39-1-331. West Virginia, Trickett 21-37-2-356, Team 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING—Iowa St., Bundrage 7-93, Coleman 5-91, Wimberly 5-59, Bibbs 3-75, Ecby 2-22, Johnson 1-1, J.West 1-(minus 3), J.White 1-(minus 7). West Virginia, Alford 8-215, McCartney 3-28, Sims 2-30, K.White 2-27, Shorts 2-25, Thompson 2-13, Davis 1-12, Clay 1-6.