Oct 12, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (21) is tackled by Iowa State Cyclones defensive tackle David Irving (87) in the second half at Jones AT

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Against Iowa State

The Good

Texas Tech showed that it’s offense is still potent without Baker Mayfield starting. Davis Webb stepped in for his first start of his young career and threw for a Big 12 season high 415 yards passing. The offense ended up with 666 yards on the day, and without 3 costly turnovers this game likely would have been a route. Texas Tech is 6-0 for the first time since 2008, is the first Big 12 team bowl eligible, and Kliff Kingsbury is the first Texas Tech head coach to win his first 6 games with the Red Raiders.

  • The Red Raiders also racked up a season high in rushing yards as Kenny Williams, Deandre Washington, and Sadale Foster all had atleast 80 yards rushing.
  • Texas Tech snapped Iowa States streak of not allowing more than 40 points in a game at 25. That was the longest active streak in the Big 12.

The Bad

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. ( And a kickoff return for a TD to boot). Texas Tech should have run away with this game early, but turnovers and a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown kept Iowa State close all afternoon. The Red Raiders finished with over double the offense that Iowa State did, and got 7 3-and-outs from their defense on the day, but couldn’t put the Cyclones away as Jarvis West returned a kickoff 95 yards, Iowa State recovered a punt that hit Keenon Ward in the helmet, and Jeremiah George intercepted a Davis Webb pass.

The Ugly

Texas Tech is ranked 20th in the country, undefeated, has the hottest head coach in college football right now (both literally and figuratively), and it’s homecoming. Easy sellout right? WRONG. Going back and looking and the tv recording, there were entire sections in the North endzone that were empty. That should be unacceptable for a team to play in when you are in a city with a population of 250k +, have a record 33k + in student enrollment, and have a huge alumni following within 5 hours  that could have been home in time for bed Saturday night.

My point is, you only get 6-7 home games a year. The team is playing awesome, and they deserve nothing more than a raucous home crowd that supports them and intimidates any team that steps into The Jones. This isn’t the Tommy T. era anymore, you have a reason to be excited and a reason to celebrate!

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