Iowa State is not what most Tech fans would call a rival.
Many Tech fans would even cheer for the Cyclones as long as Iowa State was not playing against the scarlet and black.
It’s not a heated series, but there have certainly been some interesting moments during it. Some of these are of the most humiliating to the Texas Tech football program. Quite frankly, when one of these brown paper bag moments take place, Iowa State ends up pulling the rare upset of a more talented Texas Tech team.
Tech, who is 9-3 all-time against Iowa State, owned the Cyclones in the first four matchups. Only one was decided by single digits and it came with Tech on the road.
Unfortunately, those aren't the games most folks remember. Instead, many believe Seneca Wallace is still running. Wallace hasn't played for the Cyclones in more than a decade, but his epic scramble from sideline-to-sideline and eventually making his way into the end zone after a big-time block has caused headaches for many all over Lubbock.
Tech responded next season with a 52-21 thrashing in what was a “bad day” for quarterback B.J. Symons. He fell under the 500-yard passing mark for the first time in four games and threw for only three touchdowns. The previous week, Symons lit up Texas A&M’s “Wrecking Crew” for 505 yards and eight touchdown passes.
Iowa State’s then-head coach Dan McCarney, now at North Texas, said “I’m just glad he’s not coming back” in regards to Symons having a great senior campaign.
Graham Harrell enjoyed tremendous success against Iowa State too. Harrell tossed 10 touchdowns and threw for over 700 yards combined in two games against the team from Ames. Each game featured the Red Raiders placing 42 points on the scoreboard and easing to victory.
Kliff Kingsbury was the first starting quarterback to lose to the Cyclones. Prior to the 2013 game, he reminded the media he was not the last. Twice under former Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville the Cyclones pulled off a surprise. In fact, Tuberville is the only head coach in Texas Tech history not only to have a losing record against the Cyclones, but to lose more than once. Mike Leach is the only other Tech head coach to lose against Iowa State.
Tuberville’s losses to Iowa State are the ones that leave Tech fans pounding their heads against walls. In 2010, a Tech team coming off of a nine-win season and a victory in the Alamo Bowl traveled up to Ames and were embarrassed. Nothing seemed to go correctly for Tech. Iowa State raced out to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter. Tech fought back furiously and at one point tied the game up. The Cyclones eventually took a two-touchdown lead, but Tech managed to keep within a touchdown after a score with 1:30 remaining. The Red Raiders tried an onside kick, but Jeremy Reeves caught the ball and ran past a pile of football players going after the ball. The 42-yard kick return for a touchdown sealed Tech’s fate.
The following season, Tech hosted Iowa State the week following an upset of No. 1 Oklahoma on the road. It was deemed as the “greatest victory in program history” at the time. On the other hand, the Cyclones had lost four straight. There was absolutely no way Texas Tech would lose this game.
Texas Tech found a way to lose the game.
Not only did the Red Raiders lose the game, but they were humiliated. Iowa State pounded Tech 41-7 in one of the most embarrassing losses in Tech history. This started a five-game losing skid that would end a 20-year bowl eligibility streak.
Tech has yet to lose to the Cyclones since the 41-7 loss. The Red Raiders hold a 9-3 advantage over Iowa State. Tech looks for its tenth victory against the Cyclones 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.
Sept. 23, 1967 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 52, Iowa State 0
Sept. 14, 1974 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 24, Iowa State 3
Sept. 26, 1998 in Ames: Texas Tech 31, Iowa State 24
Nov. 6, 1999 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 28, Iowa State 16
Oct. 12, 2002 in Ames: Iowa State 31, Texas Tech 17
Oct. 11, 2003 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 52, Iowa State 21
Oct. 26, 2006 in Ames: Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 26
Oct. 6, 2007 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 42,, Iowa State 17
Oct. 2, 2010 in Ames: Iowa State 52, Texas Tech 38
Oct. 29, 2011 in Lubbock: Iowa State 41, Texas Tech 7
Sept. 29, 2012 in Ames: Texas Tech 24, Iowa State 13
Oct. 12, 2013 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35
Texas Tech-Iowa State Series History
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