Texas Tech Can’t Quite Recover From Bad First Half, Falls to Iowa State
The Texas Tech Red Raiders were shell shocked in the first half after Brock Purdy and Charlie Kolar were unstoppable to start the game.
Iowa State's lead was big enough for the Cyclones to coast through the second half, with Texas Tech clawing back, but ultimately failing. The final score was 34-24.
In the first half, the Texas Tech Red Raiders were behind by 20, with the Cyclones kicker missing two field goal attempts and a PAT.
Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey would have a similar completion number to Iowa State QB Brock Purdy, but Purdy would have 200 more yards and three more touchdowns. The main mismatch early for the Red Raiders was Charlie Kolar, a 6'6" tight end who totaled three catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
The Red Raiders scored a single touchdown to save face and head into halftime down 20-7.
Iowa State freshman running back Breece Hall was the difference in the second half, totaling 168 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns, including a 75-yard back breaker in the 3rd quarter to respond to a Texas Tech field goal, making it 27-10.
The Cyclones would finish with 560 yards, mostly gained in the first half, and averaged more than 7 yards per rush and more than 11 yards per pass attempt. Brock Purdy's final line was 23-32 for 368 yards and 3 touchdowns with one interception.
Demarcus Fields notched the sole interception, but the Texas Tech offense would miss a field goal on the ensuing possession to make the turnover less important.
The loss pushes Texas Tech to 3-4 for the season, and ends the chances of Chris Beard's Broadway Block Party.