Game Preview: Homecoming vs. Iowa State

Game Preview: Homecoming vs. Iowa State

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech returns to Jones AT&T Stadium this Saturday as the Red Raiders host Iowa State for homecoming with kickoff slated for 11 a.m.
 
The game will broadcast to a national audience on FOX Sports 1 with Brian Custer on the call alongside analyst Robert Smith. Fans can also find the game on any streaming device by using the FOX Sports GO app.
 
The Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game over 46 affiliates throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico as Brian Jensen will have the call alongside analyst John Harris, sideline reporter Chris Level and engineer Steve Pitts. The radio broadcast can also be heard XM channel 200, Sirius channel 134 or via the TuneIn app.

SERIES HISTORY

  • This will be the 18th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Iowa State as the Red Raiders are 11-6 against the Cyclones despite losing each of the past three meetings, their longest losing streak in the series.
  • The Red Raiders are 7-2 versus the Cyclones at home as Texas Tech's only two losses to Iowa State inside Jones AT&T Stadium came in 2011 and then in 2017. The Cyclones claimed a 31-13 victory over Tech in their last visit to Lubbock in 2017.
  • Texas Tech is 9-6 against the Cyclones during the Big 12 era. The two schools met twice prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996 as Texas Tech routed Iowa State, 52-0, in 1967 and then added a 24-3 victory in 1974.
  • The two schools combined for 71 points in Ames a year ago as Iowa State scored nine points in the final five minutes to hold off the Red Raiders via a 40-31 victory. Iowa State broke a tie game in the fourth quarter on an intentional grounding call in the end zone, resulting in a safety. The Cyclones sealed the victory with a 48-yard touchdown strike from Brock Purdy to Hakeem Butler with only 2:25 remaining.

HOMECOMING IN RAIDERLAND

  • Texas Tech alumni from across the country will return to Lubbock this weekend for Homecoming festivities on campus, highlighted by the Red Raiders' home game versus the Cyclones. The Red Raiders are 55-31-3 all-time in Homecoming games with wins in nine of their last 12 games dating back to the 2007 season.
  • The Red Raiders will be looking to give the Homecoming crowd another win at home as Texas Tech is already 3-0 inside Jones AT&T Stadium this season. Tech has not recorded victories in each of its first four home games of a season since the 2013 campaign.
  • Texas Tech is 55-31-3 all-time on Homecoming with wins in nine of its last 12 games dating back to the 2007 season. The Red Raiders routed Kansas, 48-16, to win their Homecoming game a year ago.
  • The Red Raiders are 18-5 in Homecoming games during the Big 12 era. Texas Tech has lost consecutive Homecoming games just once during that span, which came during the 2016-17 seasons against No. 20 West Virginia and Iowa State.
  • This is the fifth time Texas Tech has hosted Iowa State on Homecoming as the Red Raiders are 3-1 in those four previous meetings. Tech has averaged 21 points as its margin of victory in its three wins over the Cyclones, who spoiled Homecoming for the Red Raiders with a 31-13 victory just two years ago in 2017.

PROTECTING JONES AT&T STADIUM

  • Through the first half of Texas Tech's home slate, the Red Raiders have more than defended their home field with a perfect 3-0 record. Tech has won by an average of 26.7 points in those three games en route to starting its home slate at 3-0 for the first time since 2016.
  • A victory over Iowa State would mark the first time Texas Tech has recorded wins in each of its first four home games of a season since the 2013 campaign. The Red Raiders have not won four games at home since the 2015 season when Tech finished 7-6 following an appearance in the AdvoCare Texas Bowl.

 COLEMAN BENEFITTING FROM MOVE TO SAFETY

  • The move from cornerback back to safety has benefited senior Douglas Coleman III, who leads the FBS with six interceptions this season, all of which have come in the past four games. Coleman picked off a pair of passes against both Arizona and Oklahoma State and then added one interception against both Oklahoma and Baylor.
  • Coleman is the only player from a power-five conference and one of only two players nationally to boast two games with at least two interceptions this season, joining Florida Atlantic's Meiko Dotson. Coleman is the first Big 12 player to do so since Texas' DeShon Elliott in 2017. In addition, he is the only Red Raider during that stretch to record a pair of interceptions in a game twice in a season.
  • Dating back to the start of the 2000 campaign, Coleman is the only Red Raider to pick off six passes through the first six games of a season. According to the website SportsReference.com, Coleman is only the 17th player since 2000 to record six interceptions through the first six games of a season and the first since Shawun Lurry of Northern Illinois in 2015. He is the first power-five player to do so since Gerod Holliman of Louisville in 2014.

BROOKS AMONG NATION'S TOP LINEBACKERS

  • Jordyn Brooks has proved he deserves to be among the nation's top linebackers already this season as the senior ranks among the nation leaders with 68 tackles (36 solo) already through six games. Brooks enters this weekend among the national leaders in several defensive categories, ranking third in total tackles per game (11.3), fifth in tackles for a loss per game (1.9) and 14th in solo tackles per game (6.0).
  • Brooks leads the Big 12 with his 68 total tackles, 10 more than any other conference player entering this weekend. He also shares the league high with 11.5 tackles for a loss this season.
  • Brooks already has 11.5 tackles for a loss this year, the majority of which came at Arizona (3.0) and against Oklahoma State (4.0). He has already easily surpassed his career high for a season, which came a year ago when he totaled 7.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

 DUFFEY TURNS IN BACK-TO-BACK 300 YARD PERFORMANCES

  • Jett Duffey has recorded a pair of 300-yard passing performances since being named Texas Tech's starter prior to the Oklahoma State game. He threw for 424 yards in the victory over the 21st-ranked Cowboys before following up with 362 yards through the air last weekend at Baylor. It marks the first time a Red Raider quarterback has thrown for at least 350 yards in consecutive Big 12 games since Patrick Mahomes II did so against both Texas (367) and Oklahoma State (361) in 2016.
  • Duffey earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors and was recognized as both the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week and the Maxwell Award Player of the Week following his performance against Oklahoma State. His 424 passing yards marked the most by any quarterback nationally that weekend as he found 11 different Red Raiders on completions.
  • Duffey accounted for five touchdowns with no interceptions in the Oklahoma State win, becoming the first Red Raider to do so since Mahomes in 2016.

 THOMPSON BOOSTS RED RAIDER RUNNING GAME

  • SaRodorick Thompson recorded the best performance of his young career at Baylor as the redshirt freshman totaled a career high 153 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. It marked the fourth time Thompson has led the Red Raiders in rushing already this season as he now leads the team in rushing with 412 yards and five touchdowns.
  • The performance marked the most rushing yards by a Red Raider since Justin Stockton raced for 161 yards against Kansas in 2017. Thompson is only the fifth Red Raider to rush for at least 150 yards since Texas Tech moved to a spread offense in 2000, joining the likes of DeAndre Washington (2014-15), Taurean Henderson (2004), Ricky Williams (2001) and Stockton (2017).
  • Thompson became the first Red Raider freshman to rush for at least 150 yards in a game since Shaud Williams totaled 230 yards on the ground in a 1999 victory over Colorado.
  • At the halfway point of the year, Thompson's 413 yards place him in position to become the first Red Raider to rush for at least 800 yards in a season since Washington posted an impressive 1,492 rushing yards in 2015.

NOTABLES...

  • Iowa State represents another tough challenge for a Texas Tech program that is coming off three-consecutive weekends against top-25 foes. The Cyclones are receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls entering this weekend after topping both TCU and West Virginia in consecutive weeks.
  • According to the NCAA's official statistics, Texas Tech has played the third-toughest schedule in the country this season based on the current record of each of the Red Raiders' six previous opponents. Tech's opponents are a combined 23-7 this year in games not including the Red Raiders, which is tied with Oregon and trails only Florida State (24-6) and Auburn (24-7).
  • After starting the season at 3-3, Texas Tech will now look to win at least three games over the back half of the season to advance to its 39th bowl in school history. The Red Raiders last overcame a 3-3 start to play in a bowl in 2010 when Tech won four of its final six regular-season games before defeating Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl.
  • Texas Tech has forced a 3-and-out on the opening drive in every game outside the Oklahoma loss this season. The Red Raiders are outscoring opponents, 41-17, in the opening quarter this season with all 17 of those points given up coming against the Sooners.
  • Texas Tech has forced 12 takeaways this season, all in the last four games. Tech is now tied with Texas for the Big 12 lead in forced turnovers, a category the Red Raiders rank 19th in nationally. The Red Raiders are plus-4 in the turnover margin entering this weekend, which also ranks 18th in the FBS.
  • Texas Tech is only surrendering 27.3 points per game thus far, which would be the Red Raiders' lowest clip since 2009 if the season ended today.
  • Texas Tech entered the Baylor game with only four sacks allowed before the Bears found Jett Duffey five times. The Red Raiders still rank only second in the Big 12 in sacks allowed, averaging only 1.5 given up per game. This is despite Tech being among the most active teams in the country through the air as its 270 passing attempts this year currently rank third in the FBS.
  • Freshman punter Austin McNamara has quickly turned heads in his first year as Texas Tech's punter as he is averaging a booming 44.8 yards per punt, which leads all freshmen nationally and ranks 22nd in the FBS entering this weekend.
  • Redshirt freshman Trey Wolff, meanwhile, has brought consistency in his first year as well as he is 11-of-12 on field goal attempts. With his first two makes against Oklahoma State, he became the first Red Raider dating back to 2000 to successfully find the uprights in each of his first seven career attempts.

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