Preview: No. 20 Texas Tech vs. Iowa State

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Texas Tech's matchup with Iowa State this weekend presents a case of polar opposites, particularly at the quarterback position.

Texas Tech's Seth Doege is coming off an outstanding performance in what might be the best road win in program history.

For Iowa State, its starter has been benched and the redshirt freshman replacement, Jared Barnett, is making his first career start. Barnett played in relief of starter Steele Jantz last Saturday against A&M, but finished with no TDs in a 33-17 loss to A&M.

As mentioned above, freshman Jared Barnett is starting at QB for Iowa State. Barnett is 19-44 for 205 yards with no TDs and one INT. However, the freshman is Iowa State's fourth leading rusher with 17 carries for 87 yards. His rushing totals are also enough to make him the Cyclones leader in yards per carry at 5.1 per attempt.

Former starter Steele Jantz figures to be the backup, but don't expect a quick hook for Barnett. Jantz had ample opportunity to perform for Iowa State and has thrown 10 TDs but nine INTs.

Iowa State's run game is led by James White with 89 carries for 444 yards and six scores. After White, Shontrelle Johnson has 51 carries for 247 yards but no TDs. Backup QB Jantz has 78 carries for 180 yards and two TDs. Sophomore Jeff Woody has the Cyclones only other rushing score with 19 carries for 63 yards and one trip to the end zone.

The Cyclones receiving corps is headlined by senior Darius Reynolds who has accumulated 29 catches for 529 yards and six TDs. Next is Josh Lenz who has 28 catches for 323 yards and two TDs. Aaron Horne, a transfer from City College of San Francisco is the third leading receiver with 24 receptions for 261 yards, but no scores. Horne was the favorite target of junior college teammate Jantz. It will be interesting to observe his rapport with new starter Jared Barnett.  Darius Darks, Reid Branderhorst, and Chris Young each have one TD to complete Iowa State's receiving scores.

Coming off a stellar performance against one of the best teams in the country, Seth Doege put Texas Tech in the national spotlight and the top 25 rankings with last week's historic victory over Oklahoma in Norman. The task this week is to play equally well against Iowa State. Expect Doege to rise to the challenge. The junior is now 238-342 for 2,608 yards with 22 TDs and four INTs.

Aaron Crawford is Tech's starting RB. The senior has 46 rushes for 183 yards and one TD. After some nifty runs against OU, freshman DeAndre Washington now has 44 carries for 218 yards and three scores. His touchdowns came against Texas State, Kansas, and K-State. QB Doege has two scores after running one in against Oklahoma. Suspended Ronnie Daniels has one TD to finish the Red Raiders' rushing scores.

Eric Ward paces the Tech receivers with 44 grabs for 430 yards and eight scores. OU hero Alex Torres is next with 39 catches for 475 yards and four scores. Cornelius Douglas has 27 catches for 318 yards and one score, and after him is the recovering Darrin Moore who has 22 catches for 343 yards and four scores. Tramain Swindall and Jace Amaro have two scores and Adam James, Bradley Marquez, and Jacoby Franks have one TD apiece to finish Tech's receiving scoring.

The Texas Tech team that beat Oklahoma last week played with remarkable poise. The Red Raiders committed no turnovers, the offensive line kept Doege mostly well protected, and the defense stymied one of the nation's most prolific offenses. Credit must also go to offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who attacked the OU defense with short and deep passes while also mixing in a delayed draw running play that confused the aggressive Oklahoma defense. It wasn't all roses for Texas Tech, though. The loss of center Justin Keown is definitely a concern.

Iowa State presents a stiff test for a Texas Tech defense that has been less than adept at stopping the run. The Cyclones' freshman QB doesn't have quite the stats or instinct, but plays similarly to K-State QB Colin Klein, who hurt the Red Raiders with his passing and running.  Conversely, Iowa State's defense is not stellar. The Cyclones are 115th in the country in scoring defense, giving up an average of 35.9 points per game. Iowa State is also 112th in total defense, yielding 456 yards per game. The Cyclones are mired in four-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0.

For Texas Tech, conventional wisdom says a letdown game might follow an emotional upset win. Unfortunately for Iowa State, that's unlikely considering the Cyclones knocked off Texas Tech last year. Seth Doege spoke on the topic during Monday's press luncheon:

"We still have that taste in the back of our mouths, so it's just one of those things. We're motivated because we know exactly what they can do to us if we're not ready to play," Doege said.

Put succinctly, the Red Raiders should take down the Cyclones in Lubbock.

Prediction:

Iowa State: 23

Texas Tech: 52

 


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