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Howard throws 3 TD passes and West Virginia beats Iowa State 37-24

  • West Virginia wide receiver Mario Alford catches a 29-yard touchdown pass in front of Iowa State defensive back Darian Cotton, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    West Virginia wide receiver Mario Alford catches a 29-yard touchdown pass in front of Iowa State defensive back Darian Cotton, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) runs from Iowa State defenders Darian Cotton, left, and Jared Brackens (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) runs from Iowa State defenders Darian Cotton, left, and Jared Brackens (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iowa State quarterback Sam B. Richardson (12) runs from West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (35) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Iowa State quarterback Sam B. Richardson (12) runs from West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (35) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

Backup quarterback Skyler Howard threw three TD passes, Rushel Shell ran for 146 yards and West Virginia beat Iowa State 37-24 Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Howard was 21 of 40 for 285 yards in his first career start in place of Clint Trickett, who missed the game with a concussion.

Mario Alford added two TD catches for West Virginia (7-5, 5-4 Big 12), which finished above .500 in the Big 12 for the first time.

The Mountaineers (7-5, 5-4) erased an early 14-point deficit by closing the game on a 30-3 run. They went up 34-24 with 9:10 left on a 15-yard TD catch by Daikiel Shorts.

Sam Richardson threw for 275 yards and two TDs for Iowa State (2-9, 0-8), which lost its fifth straight.