A different Cyclone receiver has led Iowa State in receiving yards in every game this season: Dondre Daley (70 vs. UNI), Jauan Wesley (76 vs. Iowa), D’Vario Montgomery (97 vs. Toledo), Allen Lazard (75 vs. Kansas).
The receiving corps is the most experienced unit for the Cyclones this year.
Iowa State was one of only eight teams in the FBS to return three receivers who have recorded a 40-catch season: Quenton Bundrage, Lazard and Montgomery.
What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?
“I like to draw and stuff like that.”
Did you take a lot of art classes growing up?
“Not really, just bored. I would see something and draw something.”
What do you usually draw?
“I will be in class and I will draw the professor or the kid sitting next to me.”
You ever give the professor your drawing of them?
“No. (laughs). No way.”
It might look like an easy game on the schedule, but don’t let Iowa State fool you.
The Cyclones have played Texas Tech close for nearly 10 years. Last year in Ames, Iowa, the Red Raiders needed a late 44-yard touchdown by Kenny Williams to complete a comeback that saw Iowa State lead 24-14 in the third quarter.
Texas Tech has won the last three games in the series dating back to 2012. But in 2011, Iowa State pulled the biggest upset in the series by coming to Lubbock and blowing out a top 20 Texas Tech team coming off a win versus a top-3 Oklahoma team in Norman.
Many times at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, a few Baylor defenders broke through to the Texas Tech backfield, but each time Patrick Mahomes evaded their grasps.
The Red Raider sophomore quarterback refused to go down.
On the season, the Texas Tech offensive line has allowed just one sack.
Iowa State hopes to add to that number this weekend, led up front by @SACKMAMBA45, better known as Dale Pierson.
The senior Cyclone right end is tied for third in the nation with six sacks so far.
Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks might want to post a sticky note somewhere near his desk as a reminder: Don’t forget Justin Stockton.
The speedy sophomore’s averaging eight touches per game through the Red Raiders’ first five games. On the other hand, he’s doing something with those chances.
Texas Tech defensive end Branden Jackson had one of his better games last season at Iowa State.
It wasn’t anything the Cyclones weren’t doing, Jackson said this week. It’s what Mike Smith, his defensive line coach, was doing.
Jackson registered a quarterback sack, broke up two passes and a couple of his solo tackles were on running plays that gained 1 and 3 yards.
Zach Austin set a pre-game goal both simple and modest: To do his job well enough so people around him could flourish.
Nothing too ambitious for a former walk-on receiver with zero career catches.
Instead, Austin outshined everyone. The Texas Tech sophomore, starting only because Ian Sadler got hurt the week before, came through with eight catches, 110 yards and a touchdown Saturday in a 63-35 loss to Baylor.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday the Red Raiders are targeting November as a possible return date for Ian Sadler, meaning the starting inside receiver would miss at least the next four games with the left knee injury he suffered Sept. 26 against TCU.
Sadler has 15 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
He left the Tech football building Monday walking with no apparent problems.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said starting right guard Justin Murphy won’t play this week because of the knee injury he suffered Saturday, and there could be a three-man competition to replace him.
Redshirt freshman Robert Castaneda and senior Emeka Okafor will be in the mix along with senior Tony Morales, Kingsbury said Monday.
The first month of the season, Morales was the only backup line coach Lee Hays had trusted in key game situations. Morales had trouble Saturday, though, after Murphy got hurt in the second quarter of Tech’s 63-35 loss to Baylor.
I think it’s safe to assume David Gibbs won’t be headed off on the coaching clinic lecture circuit this off-season with last Saturday’s game tape tucked under one arm. Nor with the game tape from the Saturday before.
That’s not instructional video you want to show in a lecture hall.
Texas Tech allowed 750 yards one week, 680 the next and ranks No. 124 — fourth from the bottom — in FBS total defense.
Frisco junior Jack Anderson, one of the nation’s most highly recruited offensive linemen, on Monday announced an oral commitment to Texas Tech via his Twitter account.
Anderson, who’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, has had scholarship offers from at least 43 schools, according to 247Sports.com. That includes 16 programs in The Associated Press Top 25 this week.
Anderson would be part of the class of 2017.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said the injury split end Devin Lauderdale suffered Saturday in the Red Raiders' 63-35 loss to Baylor was “internal bruising” in his upper body, but declined to be more specific.
Lauderdale left the game in the second quarter after catching passes on back-to-back plays and didn’t return. On the first play from scrimmage after Baylor took a 21-7 lead, Lauderdale got cracked by defensive end K.J. Smith for no gain on a tunnel screen.
Nigel Bethel saw his first game action of the season Saturday and got mixed reviews. Texas Tech's sophomore cornerback was credited with two tackles and a pass breakup, but also got flagged twice for pass interference during the Red Raiders' 63-35 loss to Baylor.
“(He) looked like Nigel from last year to me,” defensive coordinator David Gibbs said. “He’s actually practiced good the last couple of weeks, and he earned the right to go play again. And he played like the rest of them — not very good. That’s coaching.”