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Iowa State hasn't played doormat for Tech

Posted: September 24, 2012 - 11:11pm  |  Updated: September 25, 2012 - 12:10am
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Iowa State's Duran Hollis breaks free for a touchdown during the Cyclones' 41-7 win against Texas Tech last season in Lubbock. Hollis is one of four different Cyclones who have had 100-yard rushing days against Tech in the past two years.  Stephen Spillman
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Iowa State's Duran Hollis breaks free for a touchdown during the Cyclones' 41-7 win against Texas Tech last season in Lubbock. Hollis is one of four different Cyclones who have had 100-yard rushing days against Tech in the past two years.
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Each of the previous two summers, many Texas Tech fans looked down the schedule and marked a “W” next to “Iowa State.”

Only it didn’t work out that way.

Not only did Tech lose to the Cyclones two years in a row, the Red Raiders gave poor performances both times. Two years ago in Ames, Tech was down 24-0 before anyone’s pre-game coffee had had time to cool. The Red Raiders rallied to tie, then lost 52-38.

Last year’s 41-7 Tech loss in Lubbock was even worse.

“They brought it to us and took it to us in every form or fashion,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Monday. “We were never even close. Hopefully, we learn from that. We have got a lot of guys back from that same team.”

If the Red Raiders are going to reclaim one of the top rungs in the Big 12 Conference anytime soon, they need to stop tripping over the ISU hurdle. When Tech visits Iowa State at 6 p.m. Saturday, the lead-up will be different from the 2010 and 2011 games.

Like this week, the 2010 game also followed an open date on the Tech schedule. Before that, the Red Raiders had faced Texas in Lubbock. Last year, Tech was coming off its upset of No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.

“Yeah, the vibe around the locker room and building is totally different than it was last year,” Tech quarterback Seth Doege said. “Guys are excited about this game, which they should be. It’s a big first test, and we remember what happened the last two years. They did what they wanted against us, and we didn’t perform very well on offense.”

Perhaps the most amazing statistic from the last two Tech-ISU games is the Cyclones had two 100-yard rushing performances in each game — one apiece by four different players. That’s not even counting the 92 yards rushing quarterback Jared Barnett had last year.

Doege said there are reminders of the losses to Iowa State in the Tech football building, as if anyone needs any.

“I think the fact that the two scores were posted around the locker room is enough motivation for us,” Doege said. “And the fact that it’s our first big test and our first game going into what our common goal is, to win a Big 12 championship, is motivation enough for us.”

This year’s game is even more important because of what comes after. The next five weeks, Tech hosts No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 9 West Virginia, visits No. 15 TCU and No. 7 Kansas State and returns home against No. 12 Texas.

If the Red Raiders can’t beat the Cyclones, when will they be expected to win a game?

If the first three games are any indication, Tech will least take a better defense to Ames than what the Red Raiders threw at the Cyclones the last two years. ISU’s rushing totals in the 2010 and 2011 games were 251 yards and 368, respectively, and the Cyclones broke runs of 61, 65 and 71 yards.

Tech is ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense after wins against Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico. Senior safety D.J. Johnson said the unit is more confident, but knows the non-conference showings don’t count for much otherwise.

“The first three games, to us those are just kind of glorified scrimmages,” Johnson said. “We were still feeling ourselves out, and this is going to be the first real challenge we have had, first game in the Big 12. So it really starts here.”

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Who: Texas Tech at Iowa State

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa

Records: Texas Tech 3-0, 0-0 in Big 12; Iowa State 3-0, 0-0

Last game: Tech 49, New Mexico 14; Iowa State 37, Western Illinois 3

Last meeting: Iowa State 41, Tech 7 last year in Lubbock

TV: Fox College Sports

Line: Tech by 21/2

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In a nutshell...

"The first three games, to us those are just kind of glorified scrimmages." We are all waiting with baited breath for Saturday and some real competition. I hope that they show the Raider Nation over the next six weeks that they are not only a team on the rise but a power to contend with.


No Doubt About It

Now we will begin to find out if we are pretenders or contenders. If this team doesn't make a better showing than last year I will lose all my bets and resign my self-appointed status as absolute expert.

Since I'm broke, I need to win these bets.


Tech is going to win this

Tech is going to win this game....and is going to win It convincingly. This team has a different feel from years past. Tubberville has his coaches in place and key players as well. I really like their chances this week in Ames


@ Bill

Perhaps it is the eternal optimist in me, but I sense that this team is more gritty and determined than in prior years. There seems to be much more desire--and rightfully so, after that abysmal showing last year. I think that the team has a real opportunity to get itself into the mix if they can win convincingly on the road in Ames. GUNS UP!


@ imchimere

This week is huge and the players and coaches know it. I would rather look at this 4th game of the year on a positive note and put last year behind us for good. The team has matured, is more athletic, bigger and faster. The players & coaches for sure have moved on from last years debacle and it looks like it has motivated them. Next year should also set up well for tech based on depth, recruiting and coaches in place.

Vote republican.....Go tech


Importance of Game

Most important game since @OU in 2008.

Will set the tone for the season.

I, too, think Tech will win this game. If they win this game they will be a very small dog at home against Stoops. And Stoops has won 3 of his last 7 against our folks. (And he knows it.)

Go Tech.



I dont think we can overestimate the importance of winning in Ames. If we can come home 4-0 and a burst of confidence that the reality of what we saw in the first three games can also be reality moving forward into the meat of the schedule. If we lose, do we throw our hands up and say thats what I thought? Probably not, depending on the gravity of the outcome. We still will have a full house here (me included) when OU gets here, and OU usually has problems in Lubbock. We obviously have the talent. If the coaches have our guys ready to go at Iowa State I can easily see us being 5-0.


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