Each week, we dissect Texas Tech’s football game to find five key developments that will affect the Red Raiders. Here are five things that stood out after Tech’s 24-13 win against Iowa State:
After crushing three cupcakes to start the season, the Red Raiders came from behind to win for the first time this year. Texas Tech trailed late in the third quarter, then scored the game’s last 17 points. The game being tight all the way also meant the Raiders had to keep their composure in a loud stadium with 54,149 making a lot of noise for Iowa State.
Grabbing their share
When was the last time Tech came up with four turnovers in a game? The Big 12 Conference opener last year at Kansas. After that, takeaways came at a trickle, the Red Raiders finishing tied for 85th in the nation. So two takeaways by Cornelius Douglas and one each from Kerry Hyder and Cody Davis amounted to some overdue playmaking from the defense.
Texas Tech’s three-headed rushing attack turned into more of a one-man show. Eric Stephens, SaDale Foster and Kenny Williams split carries equally during non-conference games. Williams shouldered most of the load against the Cyclones, getting into groove with 15 carries for 80 yards. The sophomore might have stepped to the forefront in the competition for backfield touches.
Cracking a poll
Tech entered the USA Today coaches Top 25 on Sunday for the first time since the Red Raiders’ big win over Oklahoma last October. Tech debuted at No. 24. The Red Raiders remained outside The Associated Press Top 25, getting votes from 16 of the 60 voters and totaling 39 points. One AP voter apiece had Tech at No. 20 and No. 22 and two each had Tech at No. 21 and No. 23.
Usually reliable Tech kicker Ryan Bustin missed his first Big 12 field goal attempt, going wide from 41 yards out at the beginning of the fourth quarter. But Bustin rebounded with two minutes left in the game, nailing a 39-yarder with 2:20 left to seal the victory. He might have gained some confidence in the process.
Don Williams and Nick Kosmider