Texas Tech remains perfect, downs upset-minded ISU football


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Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Richardson runs the ball during a play in the second half against Texas on Thursday, Oct. 3.

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Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was able to keep his record as the head of the Red Raiders’ program perfect against an upset-minded ISU football team.

The Cyclones (1-4, 0-2 Big 12) comeback attempt fell-short against the No. 20 Red Raiders (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) 42-35 on Saturday afternoon. ISU quarterback Sam Richardson finished the game 15-of-38 passing for 168 yards and one touchdown and 49 yards rushing. Aaron Wimberly finished with 19 carries on the day for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Texas Tech was able to strike first midway through the first quarter at the 6:31 mark on a 33-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Davis Webb to Jakeem Grant to give the Red Raiders a 7-0. Iowa State responded, though, on the next play when Jarvis West took the kickoff return back 95 yards for the touchdown to even the score.

With 1:25 left in the opening quarter, the Red Raiders went to the air again for another touchdown pass, this time Webb connected with Eric Ward for the 4-yard score. The Cyclones came back with a 4-yard score of their own, this time on the ground by Wimberly to tie it up at 14-14.

Rushing touchdowns by Texas Tech’s Kenny Williams and Iowa State’s Jeff Woody kept the score tied at 21-21 at the half. At 7:01 left in the third quarter, the Red Raiders tried to seize control.

Webb threw his third touchdown of the game at the 7:01 mark, a 12-yard strike to Brad Marquez and with 12:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, DeAndre Washington fought his way to the end zone from 12 yards out to put Texas Tech ahead 35-21.

ISU linebacker Jeremiah George picked off Webb with 10:56 left in the game, and the Cyclones began their drive at the 20-yard line of Texas Tech. It was the second interception of the season for Iowa State.

Running back Shontrelle Johnson did the work for Iowa State offensively from 20 yards out, rushing twice for the ISU score to cut the Red Raiders’ lead to 35-28.

With 5:30 left in the game, Texas Tech would go up by two scores again on a 38-yard touchdown run by SaDale Foster and the Red Raiders extended the lead to 42-28. The Cyclones responded with an 80-yard drive, culminating in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Richardson to tight end E.J. Bibbs to cut the Texas Tech lead to 42-35.

Iowa State attempted an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but it was recovered by Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were able to run the ball and drain the clock and remained undefeated at 6-0 on the season.