LUBBOCK, TX -- No. 20 Texas Tech edged Iowa State 42-35 Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium to move to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 for the first time since 2008.
Freshman quarterback Davis Webb was outstanding in the first start of his collegiate career, finishing 35 of 56 for 415 yards and three touchdowns and by leading Texas Tech to 666 total yards.
"Baker wasn't ready to go and so Davis was the guy. He played well," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "We had some throws out there he'd like to have back and some things we could of hit, but I liked the way he handled himself and stayed composed. When we needed a drive he made them and that was fun to see."
His three touchdowns went to three separate receivers, with Jakeem Grant, Eric Ward and Bradley Marquez all hauling in scoring grabs.
"Webb 's performance was actually pretty good," Ward said. "He's striving forward as a young player and keeping it consistent with all of his throws. It's kind of hard to be that young and step into the spotlight like that."
His favorite target was tight end Jace Amaro, who caught nine passes for 143 yards.
"For his [Webb] first start I think he played as good as anybody could," Amaro said.
Webb did throw a fourth quarter interception to Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George, which set up a Cyclones' touchdown to cut the Red Raiders' lead to 35-28 with 10:40 remaining.
But the Tech defense held on the ensuing Iowa State possession and running back Sadale Foster appeared to seal the win with a 38-yard touchdown run with 5:30 remaining.
Iowa State answered on the following drive though when quarterback Sam Richardson connected with E.J. Bibbs on a 16-yard touchdown to make it a one-score game again with two minutes to play. But, Texas Tech freshman defensive back Tanner Jacobson recovered the ensuing onside kick and the Red Raiders were able run out the clock.
That wasn't a given though. Tech started the final drive on the Iowa State 48 yard-line with 1:58 to go, but the Cyclones had two timeouts remaining.
A stop would of given Iowa State an opportunity to mount a desperation drive to tie the game up, but the Red Raiders ran the ball on five consecutive plays, gaining 23 yards to wrap it up.
The final drive was a perfect example of how the Tech offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage to pave the way for a season-high 266 rushing yards, not to mention give Webb plenty of time to scan the field for open targets.
The running backs spread the wealth as Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and Foster each rushed for over 80 yards and a touchdown.
"Speaking on behalf of Sadale and Dre, I think we have to give a lot of credit to our O-line," Williams said. "They came in today and blew the D-line off the ball and made our jobs really easy today."
It wasn't all pretty though. Webb's interception was just one of three turnovers, which kept Iowa State in the game.
Despite out gaining the Cyclones (1-4, 0-2) in Big 12) 354-139 in total yards in the first half the Red Raiders found themselves tied at 21-21 due to a dismal performance from the special teams units.
Texas Tech allowed a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown by Jarvis West, who scored untouched. The Red raiders punt return team also fumbled twice, losing one and kicker Ryan Bustin missed a 3-yard field goal.
The Red Raider defense held Iowa State to just 311 yards Saturday and forced eight second half three-and-outs. The defensive line, led by Kerry Hyder who finished with a team-high nine tackles, continually penetrated the Cyclones' backfield to help Texas Tech to a pair of sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Defensive end Branden Jackson turned in arguably his top performance of his career at Texas Tech with five tackles, 2.5 for loss and a sack.
"We're coming along, we're not as good as we want to be," Jackson said. "When you got leaders like Kerry and me, it's easy to play hard when you got someone next to you that's just playing as hard as you've seen since you've been here."
Kliff Kingsbury became the first Texas Tech coach in school history to start 6-0 with the win.
Saturday's victory also makes the Red Raiders bowl eligible for the 20th time in the past 21 seasons.
Texas Tech Fends Off Iowa State, 42-35
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