The first half was controlled by the defenses. Both teams moved the ball well, but neither team was able to put many points on the board. Early in the 1st quarter Adam Benike kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Cyclones the 3-0 lead.
The Red Raiders scored on a drive highlighted by a 25-yard run by Ryan Aycock on a fake punt. Robert Treece scored on a 37-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3. The defenses kept the score tied going into halftime.
In the second half the offenses came to life to decide the game. Iowa State capitalized on an Anton Paige fumble to score the first touchdown of the game. Seneca Wallace scored on an amazing 12-yard touchdown run in which he ran from sideline to sideline as he dodged Red Raider tacklers on his way to the endzone.
Texas Tech answered with 79-yard drive. The drive was capped by a touchdown on a quarterback sneak to tie the game at 10-10.
On their next possession Iowa State scored a touchdown on a 79-yard reverse by receiver Lane Danielsen to take the 17-10 lead. The Cyclones scored the next 14 points to make the score 31-10.
Texas Tech scored a late touchdown on a 1-yard pass to Carlos Francis to make the score 31-17. The Red Raiders where unable to to recover the onside kick, and lost the game by a score of 31-17.
Players of the Game
Texas Tech – Taurean Henderson
Iowa State – Seneca Wallace
QB – Kliff Kingsbury did not have one of his better games. Relying mainly on short passes Kingsbury completed 37 of 50 passes for 272 yards and 1 touchdown. He was also charged for an interception on a pass that went in and out of Wes Welker's hands. Kingsbury also lost a fumble in the second half. While the passing attack moved the ball well, they were unable to get the job done in the red zone.
RB – Taurean Henderson played an important role in the game, unfortunately it wasn't enough to bring a victory. Henderson rushed 12 times for 83 yards. He also caught 11 passes for 46 yards. Henderson kept several drives alive with his rushes throughout the game.
WR – With the exception of Wes Welker the receivers had a fairly quite night due to Kingsbury's reliance on short passes. Kingsbury's favorite red zone target, Anton Paige, had a very quite night with just 4 catches for 29 yards, and no touchdowns. This unit will have to make a bigger impact if the Red Raiders are going to win many games in the Big 12.
OL – The offensive line played a good game for the most part. They gave Kingsbury adequate protection, and blocked well for Henderson. This unit continues to play well, but Tech needs to have good play from the skill positions to win games.
DL – Played a solid game in the first half. The linemen got good pressure on Wallace throughout the game. In the second half they seemed to tire as they started missing tackles on the Iowa State running backs. Overall they showed an improvement over earlier games.
LB – Like the linemen, the linebackers had a good first half. As they game went on they began to miss tackles. The linebackers showed good aggressiveness and tackling throughout the first half. If the linebackers can play like that more often the defense will continue to improve throughout the season.
DB – The defensive backs didn't give up any big pass plays this game. Hanson got back to his normal play as he made some excellent hits and covered his receiver well throughout the game. This unit played well against a good offense. Hopefully they can continue this play in future games.
Special Teams – The special teams played a very average game. There were no big returns during the game. McCann did make a mistake by bringing a ball he dropped out of the endzone. This resulted in bad field position for the Red Raiders. The coverage teams played well, shutting down the Cyclones return men. Treece made his only field goal attempt.