Iowa State football keeps rolling with big win at Texas Tech


Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard runs with the ball during the Cyclones’ 45-0 win over Kansas on Oct. 14, 2017. Lazard has 200 career receptions. Lazard has 200 career receptions to his name after this game. 

Aaron Marner

Iowa State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) got its third straight win today when it defeated Texas Tech (4-3, 1-3 Big 12) by a final score of 31-13.

The Cyclones received the opening kick, but a Kyle Kempt interception gave Texas Tech great field position. Red Raider running back Desmond Nisby ran it in from four yards out to give Texas Tech a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point. 6-0, Texas Tech.

Kempt and the Cyclone offense responded well after the turnover. Iowa State went on a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a 13-yard Kempt pass to Allen Lazard for a touchdown. Garrett Owens’ extra point made it 7-6, Iowa State.

Iowa State redeemed itself for the earlier interception when the defense forced a Texas Tech fumble. D’Andre Payne recovered the loose ball at the Texas Tech 34-yard line. While the offense couldn’t punch it in for a touchdown, Owens’ 22-yard field goal attempt was good. 10-6, Iowa State.

Willie Harvey recovered another fumble on Texas Tech’s next possession, giving Iowa State more prime field position. The drive was capped by a Matthew Eaton touchdown reception from four yards out. 17-6, Iowa State.

Before halftime, Iowa State extended the lead with another Eaton touchdown after a 10-play, 80-yard drive. The Cyclones took a 24-6 lead into halftime.

Texas Tech wasn’t done yet, however. The Red Raiders scored with 5:31 left in the third quarter to end Iowa State’s 24-point scoring streak. This time, Texas Tech made the extra point. 24-13, Iowa State.

With time winding down and Texas Tech driving for a comeback, Cyclone linebacker Marcel Spears picked off a pass and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown. 31-13, Iowa State – FINAL.