Texas Tech’s struggles with Iowa State continued as freshman quarterback Alan Bowman gave up three interceptions and a costly fourth-quarter safety.
The Cyclones’ defense scored nine second-half points and held the Red Raiders’ offense to one touchdown in the third and fourth quarters, paving the way for Iowa State’s 40-31 victory on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.
Texas Tech overcame loads of adversity, including questionable personal fouls on what looked like normal tackles. Red Raider linebacker Jordyn Brooks was ejected early in the second quarter for hitting Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy in the chest. The review officials ruled that Brooks led with the top of his helmet and, thus, Texas Tech played the final two-and-a-half quarters without one of its best defensive players. Red Raider defensive lineman Josephe Wallace drew a penalty in the fourth quarter for tripping Purdy as the Cyclones quarterback released the ball.
Even so, the Red Raiders came up with key stops in the second half and a defensive touchdown that tied the game at 31. Texas Tech linebacker Riko Jeffers caused Purdy to fumble in the end zone and Dakota Allen recovered for the Red Raider touchdown.
Iowa State took the lead back when Bowman threw away a pass from the Texas Tech end zone and was called for intentional grounding and a safety with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cyclones sealed the win with Purdy’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Butler. It appeared that Butler pushed off of Red Raider defensive back DeMarcus Fields.
However it wasn’t a day when the officials had eyes for Cyclone penalties. Texas Tech was penalized 10 times for 105 yards, while the Cyclones drew just 4 flags for 25 yards.
As much as the lopsided officiating hurt the Red Raiders, Bowman’s turnovers and safety did as much to determine the outcome. Iowa State defensive back Marcel Spears returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown that gave the Cyclones a 24-17 lead early in the second half.