A Major Letdown: Iowa State Pounds Tech 41-7

The Red Raiders did not look to be over their upset win of Oklahoma and it cost them in the end.

Texas Tech upsets No.3 Oklahoma, 41-38 in Norman snapping a 39-game home winning streak.

That headline was quickly forgotten on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium when Iowa State, which came into the game winless in conference play and 3-4 on the season, took a 24-7 lead into the locker room at the half.

Utter shock and disbelief could be seen on the player's faces and displayed by the fans as they made their way to the nearest exit.

Coming off a huge win that stunned a lot of people across the country, the Red Raiders did not show their ability to move on from that on Saturday in a 41-7 beating administered by the Cyclones.

"Looked like we just couldn't make a play on either side of the ball to get any momentum going," Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said following the loss. "And when we started making a little momentum we got a 15-yard face mask penalty in the middle of the first quarter. It really knocked us for a loop.

"There's no excuses. It starts with me. I didn't get it done. I didn't get them back off Cloud Nine quick enough and enough time to get things going."

A major issue for the Red Raiders was stopping the new quarterback for the Cyclones – Jared Barnett.

Barnett, a redshirt freshman, got his first collegiate start against the Red Raiders, but did not look like an inexperienced quarterback with the poise he displayed in the pocket and ability to run with the ball.

The Garland native took the ball in on a 13-yard scramble to give the Cyclones a 7-0 lead with 10:52 left in the first quarter.

Following a defensive stand, Barnett led the Cyclones 80 yards on six plays with Jeff Woody punching it in on a three-yard run making it 14-0 Cyclones. Barnett finished the game going 14-for-26 for 144 yards and one touchdown, also rushed 19 times for 112 yards as well proving himself as a dual threat quarterback.

"I feel like I just came out here and played my game and lead everyone else around me," Barnett said following the game. "It made it easier for me to do my job. I don't think I did anything super-human. I just came out and did what I was supposed to do."

Tech could not find an answer as on the very next drive Tech quarterback Seth Doege, who finished the game 16-for-32 for 171 yards and no touchdowns and two interceptions and a fumble, threw his fifth interception of the season.

The Cyclones took advantage of this as Barnett found Darius Darks in the back of the end zone, which really took the air out of Jones AT&T Stadium giving Iowa State a commanding 21-0 lead with 2:20 left in the first quarter.

Iowa State was able to put three scores up on the scoreboard and hold Tech to no points in the first quarter, which hadn't been done all season long.

"The first quarter we just never got the ball back for our offense and decent field position to give ourselves a chance … But I think we punted 10 times, and you can't run an offense like this and punt that many times," Tuberville said. "I mean, you've got to score some points, and if we're going to go fast, we gotta be able to score on a lot of those drives."

The Red Raiders finally cut into the Cyclone lead as Doege kept the ball and dove into the end zone getting Tech on the board.

That eight-yard touchdown run by Doege would be the only time the Red Raiders would find the end zone, snapping a 69-game streak of having at least one touchdown pass, as Iowa State played shutdown defense and never took its foot off the throttle on offense en route to a 41-7 blowout of No. 19 Tech.

"I just know we weren't ready to play, and it showed and we embarrassed ourselves and we embarrassed our coaches and our fans and it's something we need to work on," Tech quarterback Seth Doege said. "We have a lot of improvement to do."

The next challenge for the Red Raiders will be taking the show on the road once again, but this time down to Austin to take on a Longhorn team coming off a huge win over Kansas beating the Jayhawks 43-0.

Moving on from this will be the biggest thing for this team to do this week, Tuberville said, and it's not the end of the season because of this loss.

"It's one game. We've won five and we've lost three now," he said. "We're getting ready to head to a big rival next week down in Austin. It will be another challenge for us.

"You gotta get knocked back to reality. Coaches all the way down to managers, players, everybody. That's what it is."


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