Iowa State 40, Texas Tech 31
What Happened: A tight game turned Iowa State’s way after Texas Tech tied it at 31 on a Dakota Allen fumble recovery for a score. Red Raider QB Alan Bowman lost a snap and ended up getting tackled for a safety, and Iowa State scored off the following kick on a 48-yard Hakeem Butler touchdown catch.
It was a game of various miscues and big plays. Texas Tech opened the scoring on a blocked punt for a score, Iowa State took the lead in the third on a pick six, and in between the two offenses traded punches until the wild finish.
What Mattered: Texas Tech lost because it screwed up more than Iowa State did. The Red Raiders were penalized ten times for 105 yards, and turned it over three times – Iowa State was flagged just four times and gave it away just once.
– Red Raider LB Dakota Allen had a massive game, coming up with 16 tackles, a tackle for loss, and the fumble for a score. The front seven generated decent pressure, and it wasn’t gouged. It had a decent game, even though the team gave up 40 points.
– The Brock Purdy magic continues for the Cyclones. The young quarterback completed 13-of-27 passes for 250 yards and two scores, and he ran for 47 more. Bowman completed 32-of-56 passes for 323 yards and a score with three picks.
Thoughts: What’s helping out a young quarterback like Purdy? He’s been great, but the Iowa State running game has kicked it in. David Montgomery was magnificent, running 33 times for 125 yards and two scores.
– Iowa State has won three straight, and now it has the relatively easy run coming up with Kansas and Baylor up next. Win those two, and the Cyclones are bowl eligible. There’s a real, live chance that they can get to eight wins – assuming a loss at Texas. But if they win out, they get to play for the Big 12 Championship.