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October 12, 2013

Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35

Texas Tech racked up 666 yards of total offense - more than doubling up Iowa State - but the Cyclones still managed to stay close to the 20th-ranked Raiders in a 42-35 loss at Lubbock, Texas.

ISU won special teams and was +3 on turnovers but was dominated both offensively and defensively by the undefeated Red Raiders. Texas Tech's 110th-ranked rushing offense generated 251 yards in the most surprising phase of the game on Saturday.

Iowa State fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12. Texas Tech is 6-0 and 2-0.

Jarvis West's 95-yard kickoff return in the first quarter pulled Iowa State into a 7-7 tie after Tech scored the first TD of the game. West's touchdown's return was ISU's first on a kickoff since Jeremy Reeves returned an onside kick for a score in the Cyclones' 52-38 win over TT in 2010. And it was the first Iowa State touchdown return on a "deep" kickoff since Troy Davis did it in 1994.

West also had a 38-yard punt return to give Iowa State excellent field position with the game tied 21-21 in the third quarter. But the Cyclone offense failed to produce a first down and a fake field goal pass by kicker Cole Netten was underthrown and batted down by Texas Tech.

That was one of two gaffes in an otherwise winning performance by Iowa State's special teams. Senior Deon Broomfield had a clean shot at securing an onside kick attempt with under two minutes to play and Tech leading 42-35. But Broomfield could not maintain control of the ball on a high bouncing kick by Netten and Tech recovered the ball and then successfully ran out the clock by picking up two first downs on its ensuing possession.

But when it came to offense and defense, the game was dominated by Texas Tech.

Freshman backup quarterback Davis Webb completed 35-of-56 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns as the Red Raiders ran 101 offensive plays to 78 for the Cyclones. Jace Amaro caught nine passes for 143 yards for Tech and three different Raider backs rushed for 80 or more yards in the game. The same Iowa State defense that held Texas to 119 rushing yards last Thursday was shredded by Tech's ground game while Webb was also dissecting the Cyclones through the air. Tech averaged 6.6 yards per offensive play.

And Iowa State's offense was beaten even more badly by Texas Tech. The Cyclones averaged only four yards per offensive play. Quarterback Sam Richardson was 15-for-38 passing for 168 yards. ISU had 143 rushing yards with Aaron Wimberly netting 65 before leaving the game in the second half due to back and shoulder injury.

Iowa State had two long drives in the entire game that accounted for nearly half its offense. The Cyclones drove 75 yards on eight plays in the second quarter with Jeff Woody's three-yard touchdown run capping the drive and tying the game at 21. And ISU drove 80 yards on 13 plays in the fourth quarter with Richardson throwing 16 yards to E.J. Bibbs to make it a 42-35 game with 1:54 to play.

The other two Cyclone touchdowns came on short fields gifted to the offense. A Kirby Van Der Kamp punt struck a Tech blocker in the second quarter with Levi Peters recovering the live ball for ISU at the TT 33. Aaron Wimberly scored from four yards out with 9:10 to play in the first half to tie the game at 14-14.

A Jeremiah George interception and seven-yard return gave Iowa State the ball at the Texas Tech 20 with 10:56 left in the game. Shontrelle Johnson rushed twice - for 17 and 3 yards - to get the ball in the end zone with 10:40 to go in the game and pull the Cyclones back within seven points at 35-28.



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