Texas Tech Continues Streak

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-1, 2-0) beat the Iowa State Cyclones (2-4, 0-2) by a score of 52-12 to extend their win streak to three games. Running back Taurean Henderson led the way with 117 rushing yards, and 52 receiving yards.

The Red Raider offense didn't miss a beat to start the game. Texas Tech drove 80 yards following the opening kickoff to score a touchdown. The drive was finished by a 1 yard quarterback sneak by B.J. Symons. The touchdown gave the Red Raiders an early 7-0 lead.

Iowa State took over after a Symons' fumble. The Cyclones took the ball 64 yards for a touchdown. The drive was topped by a 25-yard touchdown run by Michael Wagner. The touchdown tied the score at 7.

Texas Tech answered with an 80 yard drive. The Red Raiders scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Symons to Carlos Francis. The score gave Texas Tech a 14-7 lead.

Following a defensive stand, the Red Raiders drove 70 yards to score on a 2-yard rush by Taurean Henderson.

Iowa State scored late in the half on a 21-yard pass from Cris Love to Lance Young. The late touchdown made the score 21-14 at the half.

The Cyclones opened the second half with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Love to Lance Young. The touchdown tied the game at 21.

The Red Raiders finished the game with 5 straight scores, 4 touchdowns and a field goal. Symons had 2 more passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown to finish the game with 5 touchdowns to his credit.

Player of Game
Taurean Henderson

Team Analysis

QB - Even when Symons doesn't play his best game, he still puts up huge numbers. The first half saw Symons fumble twice and throw 2 interceptions, while only passing for 1 touchdown. Symons fixed things in the second half, by throwing 2 more touchdown passes. His numbers for the night were 45 of 62 (72.5%) for 487 yards and 3 touchdowns. This gives him the NCAA record for most yards in 4 games. His 2,233 yards in the last 4 games breaks his own record of 2,170 yards.

RB – The Texas Tech running backs finally had a big game. After several low production games, Taurean Henderson had 113 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 13 carries (8.7 yards per carry). Henderson also caught the ball 9 times for 52 yards. Jonnie Mack rushed 6 times for 59 yards (9.8 yards per carry). This performance will make teams think twice about only focusing on the Texas Tech passing attack.

WR - The Texas Tech Receivers continued to do what they do best by getting open and making plays. Perhaps their biggest contribution was their blocking for the running backs. It's good to see that the group is still team oriented enough to do whatever it takes to win.. Carlos Francis was the only receiver with over 100 yards, finishing with 118 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 catches. Wes Welker and Jarrett Hicks also scored touchdowns in the game.

OL – The offensive line did it all in this game. They allowed the offense to gain 240 rushing yards and 535 passing yards for a school record 786 yards of total offense. This group has been lost in all of the attention garnered by Symons, but every player on offense will tell you just how good they are playing.

DL – This was easily the best game of the season for the Texas Tech defensive line. They were in the backfield almost every play. While they only received credit for 2 sacks, they caused problems for the Iowa State offense the entire game. This group was the basis for a great defensive effort.

LB – The linebackers played a good game without senior leader Mike Smith. The group had a couple of busted plays, but overall they played an almost error free game. This group of players has shown the quickest improvement, and should be a key as the season progresses.

DB – If there was a negative on defense it was the defensive backs. Iowa State was able to get several long plays by exploiting match ups in the secondary. Chad Johnson returned to get an interception. Overall this group played well, but a few big plays highlight areas of concern.

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