Texas Tech vs. Iowa State History

The Texas Tech family has nightmares when it thinks about facing the Iowa State Cyclones. Some may be surprised to know that Tech has dominated the series. Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has certainly looked at the history.

The Texas Tech family has nightmares when it thinks about facing the Iowa State Cyclones.

Some may be surprised to know that Tech has dominated the series.

Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has certainly looked at the history.

"I'll start off just saying I know for a fact," Kingsbury said. "I'm not the last quarterback to lose to Iowa State, so can get that out of the way and move on."

The last quarterback to lose to Iowa State was Seth Doege in 2011. There have been many bad moments for Texas Tech in the series lately.

The Red Raiders hold an 8-3 advantage over the Cyclones. Two of the three Iowa State victories came under Head Coach Paul Rhodes against former Tech coach Tommy Tuberville.

One loss that particularly stings came in 2011 when Texas Tech got walloped 41-7 just a week after upsetting the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman.

"Being a Red Raider," Kingsbury said. "It was not a good night for us, obviously. It was disappointing. But that happens in football. Yeah, obviously I'd cheer for the Red Raiders, so I didn't like that."

Despite the Tommy Tuberville era, Texas Tech has terrific history against the Cyclones starting out with a 52-0 victory in 1967. The Red Raiders also won 24-3 in 1974.

The two teams would not meet again as non-conference foes and the next meeting took place in 1998. Tech won two straight years starting out 4-0 in the series.

Something Kingsbury forgot to mention is he was the first quarterback to lose to Iowa State. Dan McCarney, who now coaches at North Texas, had a quarterback named Seneca Wallace who was on his way to a Heisman Trophy before dropping their last six of seven including the Humanitarian Bowl.

B.J. Symons brought the Red Raider domination back the next season with a 52-21 victory in Lubbock.

The Cyclones may also want to forget 2006 and 2007. Tech put up 42 points in each of those games which is almost as much as the 43 combined Iowa State scored.

It was 2010 when the nightmares started. Tech did not come out well and the nightmare concluded with Iowa State returning an onside kick for a touchdown. Special teams would continue its struggles the next season when Ben McRoy fumbled at the 2-yard line on the first kickoff. Austin Zouzalik eventually recovered the ball for a 12 yard return, but the miscue set the tone for the day.

The losing streak may have continued if it weren't for scrappy defensive play by Texas Tech in 2012. Steele Jantz threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in the Red Raiders 24-13 victory.

The recent memories may be nightmares, but Texas Tech fans should be able to sleep easier knowing that Tuberville is in Cincinnati and Texas Tech has the Kliff Kingsbury swagger.

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