Texas Tech Host Iowa State
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech will host Iowa State this Saturday, Oct. 10 at Jones AT&T Stadium where the Red Raiders will be looking to notch their 54th all-time Homecoming victory. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. CT and tickets are available for purchase online at texastech.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH. The game will be televised regionally by Fox Sports Net and on Fox Sports Southwest in Lubbock.
Fans may tune into one of the 44 region-wide affiliates of the Texas Tech Radio Network. Brian Jensen returns to the broadcast booth as play-by-play announcer for his 16th consecutive season and is joined by veteran John Harris, who will be in his 33rd year of providing analysis. In his sixth season, Chris Level rounds out the crew as sideline reporter.
Texas Tech (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) is coming off back-to-back losses to consecutive top-5 ranked teams in No. 3 TCU and No. 5 Baylor. It marked the first time in school history that Texas Tech faced two consecutive nationally ranked top-5 teams in back-to-back weeks.
In Iowa State (2-2, 1-0 Big 12), Texas Tech faces its third Big 12 opponent of the year and plays its 1,005th all-time football game as the Red Raiders own a 547-425-32 all-time football record in 91 total seasons. The Red Raiders have accumulated 55 winning seasons and advanced to 36 bowl games. Last year, Texas Tech finished a disappointing 4-8 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12 Conference. The sub-.500 season marked Texas Tech's only second sub-.500 season in the last 22 years. A Texas Tech win on Saturday would match the Red Raiders' victory total from last season.
Iowa State enters Saturday's contest following a 38-13 win over Kansas in its Big 12 opener. The Cyclones opened their season with a 31-7 win over Northern Iowa, dropped a 31-17 home loss to Iowa, then lost a 30-23 double overtime decision at Toledo. Coached by Paul Rhoads, Iowa State averages 255.8 yards passing and 147.5 yards rushing per game and is limiting opponents to 343.5 yards of total offense per game. The Cyclones are led by quarterback Sam B. Richardson, who has completed 64.3 percent of his passes (92-143, 1018 yards), wide receiver Allen Lazard (21 catches for 225 yards) and running back Mike Warren (329 yards on 48 carries).
HOMECOMING IN RAIDERLAND
Texas Tech Alumni from all over the world will reconnect in Lubbock this weekend as Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech Alumni Association host Homecoming 2015. Homecoming festivities begin on Monday and last throughout the week leading up to several highlight events on Friday including the Homecoming Parade (6 p.m. on Broadway), Pep Rally (7:30 p.m. at United Supermarkets Arena) and Bonfire (9 p.m. at the Bonfire Pit/Rugby Fields) and of course, Texas Tech's game against Iowa State. Texas Tech holds a 53-29-3 all-time record on Homecoming after last year's 34-21 win over Kansas (Oct. 18, 2014).
TOP GAMEDAY STORYLINES
• Texas Tech and Iowa State meet for the 14th time in series history and sixth-consecutive season with Tech holding a 10-3 advantage. The series began on Sept. 23, 1967, a 52-0 Tech win in Lubbock.
• Texas Tech owns a current three-game win streak against Iowa State including a 24-13 win in 2012, 42-35 victory in 2013 and last year's 34-31 win. The series' last two games were decided by seven points or less.
• The Red Raiders will be hosting Iowa State on Homecoming where Texas Tech holds a 53-29-3 all-time record.
• This is first time Texas Tech has not faced a preseason AP top-25 team since defeating UTEP, 69-20, on Sept. 12.
• Texas Tech enters its sixth game of the year averaging 50.0 points per game, a mark that ranks No. 3 nationally and No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference.
• Texas Tech's 250 points through its first five games are its most since the Red Raiders totaled 273 points in the same span to open the 2007 season.
• Texas Tech's 250 points mark the third most over the first five games of a season in school history (273 in 2007, 263 in 2005 and 250 in 2015).
• Texas Tech has now scored 30 or more points in five straight games against top-5 ranked teams dating back to the 2011 season.
• DeAndre Washington needs 79 rushing yards to pass Baron Batch (2006, 2008-10) for eighth all-time in the Texas Tech career record book. Washington totaled a then career-high 186 yards on the ground against Iowa State in 2014.
• Patrick Mahomes II is coming off his fourth career performance of 400 or more passing yards against Baylor. The sophomore currently ranks third nationally for both passing yards and total offense and ranks fourth for completions per game and points responsible.