Texas Tech falls to Iowa State, 40-31

Texas Tech falls to Iowa State, 40-31

The Red Raiders arrived in Ames, Iowa looking for redemption after falling to the Cyclones two years in a row.

Special teams stepped up early when sophomore DB, Thomas Leggett, blocked a punt and then scooped it up and scored. Clayton Hatfield added a 28-yard field goal towards the end of the 1st quarter to give Texas Tech a 10-0 lead. 

Later in the second, Jordyn Brooks was called for targeting on ISU's QB Brock Purdy, Brooks was ejected from the game.

On the ensuing drive, Eli Howard was called for roughing the passer on 2nd and 17, which led to a David Montgomery touchdown, which made it a 10-7 game. They would take a 14-10 lead with 4 minutes left in the first half after Purdy found TE Charlie Kolar for a nine yard touchdown pass.

The Red Raiders' offense took it personally on the next drive. Alan Bowman was 8-8 for 66 yards and capped it off with a one-yard rushing TD to give Tech back the lead going into the half, 17-14.

The Cyclones tied the game up at 17 with a 27-yard field goal to start off the second half. Alan Bowman made a costly mistake on the ensuing drive, throwing an interception to Marcel Spears who took it 41 yards to the house to give Iowa State a 24-17 lead. 

It only took Bowman and the Red Raiders two minutes to bounce back, as the freshman QB hit Antoine Wesley down the sideline for a 31-yard TD to tie the game at 24. 

After David Montgomery punched in his second TD of the game to give Iowa State a 31-24 lead, the Red Raiders took advantage of a Dominic Panazzolo punt that backed up the Cyclones inside their own five. Riko Jeffers forced a Brock Purdy fumble and Dakota Allen fell on it in the end zone to tie the game at 31. 

With 4:39 to go, Alan Bowman was called for intentional grounding in the team's end zone, resulting in a safety that put Iowa State on top 33-31. 

On 3rd and 10 with 2:25 left in the game, Brock Purdy hit Hakeem Butler for a 48-yard touchdown to give the Cyclones the lead and the win, 40-31. Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma next weekend. 

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