The Texas Tech Red Raiders will host the Iowa State Cyclones in a Big 12 showdown Saturday afternoon from Jones AT&T Stadium. The Cyclones dominated West Virginia by a 38-14 score in their previous action, and the Red Raiders are coming off a tough 33-30 double-overtime road loss to #22 Baylor last week. Iowa State posted a 40-31 home victory over Texas Tech last season.
Iowa State Thumps West Virginia, Eyes Third Straight Win
The Iowa State Cyclones will be aiming for their third consecutive win in this one. The Cyclones defeated TCU followed by a convincing 38-14 road win against West Virginia this past weekend to improve to 2-1 in conference play. Brock Purdy is an outstanding quarterback, accumulating 1807 passing yards with an 11:3 TD to INT ratio on the year. The sophomore QB has recorded at least one touchdown pass in each game this season, and he has completed 69% of his passes. Breece Hall posted his best performance of the season last week, rushing for 132 yards and three touchdowns. The freshman RB hasn’t seen a ton of action, although he leads ISU with 216 rushing yards.
Cyclones’ top receiver Deshaunte Jones did not make a catch against WVU, however, he registered at least 77 receiving yards in three straight games prior to last week. The senior WR is by far Purdy’s top target as he has notched 37 catches for 444 yards. The Cyclones offense is red-hot led by Brock Purdy. If they can continue to receive a big contribution on the ground similar to last week then their offense will be awfully tough to contain going forward.
The Iowa State defense is in a groove, holding their opponents to 24 or fewer points in five consecutive games. The Cyclones are outstanding against the run but will give up yards in the air, so they have a tough task against a strong Texas Tech passing offense. The Cyclones are currently averaging 37.7 points, ranking them 23rd overall. The Iowa State defense is holding opponents to 20.8 points, placing them 36th in the FBS, and they are 1-1 on the road.
Texas Tech Falls in Wild Double Overtime Battle
The Texas Tech Red Raiders enter this one losers of three out of their last four games. The Red Raiders dropped to 1-2 in conference play after a very hard-fought 33-30 overtime road loss to a ranked Baylor team last week. The Red Raiders are playing without ’ #1 QB Alan Bowman who is out with a shoulder injury and will not return for another month. Jett Duffey has been productive in his place, recording over 700 passing yards in his last two games. The junior QB has registered 910 passing yards with a 5:2 TD to INT ratio in about 2.5 games of action.
The Texas Tech running game is dangerous as well. They feature two skilled running backs in Armand Shyne and SaRodorick Thompson. Shyne has rushed for 280 yards on the season, and he is questionable for this one with an ankle injury. Thompson collected a season-high 153 rushing yards against Baylor last week, and he is up to 412 rushing yards on the year.
Red Raiders’ receiving leader T.J. Vasher should be able to find open field against a subpar Cyclones pass defense. The junior WR has made 11 grabs for 156 receiving yards in his last two games, and he has accrued 404 receiving yards on the season. Overall, the Red Raiders offense has fared well in the absence of their #1 QB.
The Texas Tech defense has been an issue this season. They are especially having difficulty against the run which ranks down at 95th in the FBS. The Red Raiders are currently averaging 31.3 points, ranking them 55th overall. They are conceding an average of 27.3 points, placing them 69th in the country. Texas Tech is 3-0 on their home field.
The Iowa State Cyclones are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 road games.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up loss.