Texas Tech opened the game and spent a lot of time in its nickel defense, which meant nickel back Tre Porter was in the starting lineup Saturday and playing extensively.
That was a major change from the first three games. Because all of Tech’s non-conference opponents were option-based rushing offenses, the Red Raiders kept three linebackers in the game and seldom needed a fifth defensive back.
Porter broke up a Steele Jantz pass on third-and-3 late in the first half. That forced a punt, and the Red Raiders scored on their ensuing series.
Tech cornerback Cornelius Douglas had two interception in his first game back in the starting lineup. Douglas had had two Saturdays off, counting the open date, to recover from an abdominal injury.
Douglas’ first interception was a gimme pick early in the second quarter. A Cyclones receiver stopped his route, and Douglas simply had to catch a lob with no one around him.
The second one was on the other end of the highlights spectrum. Early in the fourth quarter, Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz lofted a pass to tight end Ernst Brun, but safety D.J. Johnson blasted the receiver and Douglas grabbed the deflection and ran it back to the 9-yard line.
The Red Raiders scored from there to lead 21-13.
Texas Tech had a second-quarter touchdown overturned on a fairly obvious missed call. From the Iowa State 17-yard line, tight end Jace Amaro caught a pass on the left side, ran down the sideline and dove across the goal line.
A replay showed Amaro clearly stepping out of bounds at the 3, however, and it was caught on the video review.
The Red Raiders scored three plays later, however, on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jakeem Grant.
Twice in non-conference play, Tech recovered “sky” kickoffs that opponents let hit the ground and couldn’t retrieve. The Red Raiders tried it twice more Saturday, but Iowa State’s Jevohn Miller, a 245-pound linebacker, settled under the ball both times around his 20-yard line and made secure catches.
Tech RB DeAndre Washington was in uniform for the first time this season, but did not play. Washington has not played this season after rehabbing from Dec. 14 knee surgery. … Tech PR Austin Zouzalik had his longest punt return of the season, a 27-yard runback across midfield. It positioned the Red Raiders for their only touchdown of the first half. … Iowa State PK Edwin Arceo missed his second point-after kick in four games, which left the door open for Texas Tech to take the lead after trailing 13-7 in the second half ... Iowa State’s A.J. Klein tied an NCAA record for career interception-return touchdowns for a linebacker with his fourth. He matched the mark held by Randy Neal (Virginia, 1991-94) and Dustin Cohen (Miami, Ohio, 1996-99).
Compiled by Don Williams