Cyclones sneak past Red Raiders, 40-31


Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy runs around a Texas Tech defender Oct 27, 2018. Iowa State beat Texas Tech 40-31.

Aaron Marner

Iowa State picked up its third straight win on Saturday in a 40-31 win over Texas Tech. The Cyclones moved to 4-3 (3-2 Big 12), and Texas Tech dropped to 5-3 (3-2 Big 12).

Texas Tech started the scoring with a blocked punt by Thomas Leggett that was recovered in the end zone, giving the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead.

The Red Raiders made it 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal.

Iowa State got back in the game in the second quarter. The Cyclones used a 9-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a David Montgomery touchdown rush from a yard out.

After three straight punts, Iowa State drove 89 yards in seven plays to score its second touchdown and take a 14-10 lead. The drive was capped by a 9-yard touchdown reception from tight end Charlie Kolar.

Right before halftime, Texas Tech scored on a rush from quarterback Alan Bowman to take a 17-14 lead into the halftime break.

Following the break, Cyclone running back and returner Kene Nwangwu took the kickoff back 58 yards, stumbling into Texas Tech territory before going down at the 42-yard line. Iowa State capped off the possession with a 27-yard field goal from Connor Assalley to tie it at 17-17.

Marcel Spears picked off a pass from Bowman and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa State a 7-point lead.

After trading two more touchdowns, the Cyclones took a 31-24 lead.

Texas Tech stripped Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown, tying the game at 31.

After both teams traded punts, a loose ball was recovered by Bowman. He threw it from the end zone but was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety, giving Iowa State a 33-31 lead.

On the ensuing Cyclone drive, Hakeem Butler reeled in a 48-yard catch for another Iowa State touchdown, pushing the lead to 40-31.