No. 20 Texas Tech improves to 6-0, earns bowl eligibility and a share of first place in the Big 12 conference with a 42-35 win over Iowa State in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders, working behind a mostly healthy offensive line, put together 666 yards of total offense, including 415 passing from true freshman Davis Webb starting in place of injured Baker Mayfield. Webb finished the day 35 for 56 with three touchdowns and an interception.
Tech running backs Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and SaDale Foster each ran for a score and combined for a season-high 251 yards rushing, the most by any Red Raider team in Big 12 play since Spike Dykes was coaching (1999; 257 against Iowa State).
Junior tight end Jace “first down” Amaro had another day at the office, catching nine passes for 143 yards, and sophomore Jakeem Grant added five very physical catches for 90 yards and touchdown. Grant, Eric Ward and Bradley Marquez all caught touchdown passes.
The Cyclones (1-4, 0-2) got on the board early and often in this one, starting with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jarvis West and 12 points off three turnovers by the Red Raiders. Were it not for the return, a missed field-goal and a turnover by the punt return unit, Tech could’ve been up 24-7 at half-time. The Cyclones had just 139 total yards at the break to Tech’s 354.
Iowa State pulled within 42-35 with a touchdown toss from Sam Richardson to E. J. Bibbs with less than 2 minutes left, but the onside kick was recovered by Tech and the victory sealed on the ensuing drive. Richardson kept Iowa State close with 168 yards passing, a touchdown throw and 63 yards rushing.
This was the first time in 25 games the Cyclones allowed an opponent to score more than 40 points, the longest active streak of its kind in the Big 12.
But don’t worry, Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads is still “so proud” of his team.