The Texas Tech Red Raiders survived a late push by the Iowa State Cyclones to remain undefeated with a 42-35 win. The Red Raiders are now the only undefeated team in the Big 12 along with the Baylor Bears and one of the only remaining undefeated teams along with Baylor and the Texas Longhorns.
One aspect of the Texas Tech offense that is less talked about is their run game. Against Iowa State, three Red Raiders’ running backs rushed for over 80 yards and a touchdown: Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and Sadale Foster. If Texas Tech can continue to run well, it will open up the pass game even more.
With quarterback Baker Mayfield injured, they’ve had to rely on backup freshman quarterback Davis Webb. He hasn’t disappointed; Webb has now thrown for nearly 1000 yards on the season. He makes smart decisions and shows uncommon poise in the pocket for a freshman QB.
The way the Texas Tech offense is playing is definitely good enough for them to win the Big 12, but they have to stop turning the ball over. Iowa State could have won the game if they had capitalized on some of the turnovers. In the Big 12, defenses are built to create turnovers. Many games come down to whoever scores the most points the fastest. If the Red Raiders turn the ball over against better teams, they might not get so lucky.
Texas Tech’s next opponents are the West Virginia Mountaineers, who pulled off a major upset over the Big 12 preseason favorites, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, due to multiple turnovers. Expect the game to be a lot closer than many predict; the Red Raiders will have to take good care of the ball if they want to go into the game in two weeks against the Oklahoma Sooners undefeated.