The Iowa State Cyclones make the trip to Lubbock, Texas, hungry for a win.
On the season, ISU sports a 1-4 record under new head coach Gene Chizik. Iowa State’s offensive statistics are less than stellar, but that won’t stop the Cyclones from giving a great effort on the road in a pivotal conference matchup.
Iowa State Offensive Notes
-Senior QB Bret Meyer leads the Iowa State offense. On the season, Meyer is 112 for 179, a 62.6 completion percentage. He’s thrown for 1,092 yards (6.1 yards per attempt) with 4 TDs and 8 INTs.
-The Cyclones’ rushing leader is Jamicah Bass, who has 96 carries for 380 yards (4.1 yards per carry with 4 TDs).
Bass was held out of last week’s game, and Jason Scales played in his place. Scales has 115 yards on 31 carries with 2 TDs. That’s 3.7 yards per carry.
Bass is expected to play this week, but no official announcement has been made.
QB Meyer has 195 yards on 51 totes (3.8 yards per carry) with 1 TD.
-The Cyclones’ leading receiver is once again Todd Blythe. The former ISU QB has 24 receptions on the year for 291 yards (12.1 yards per catch) and 2 TDs.
R.J. Sumrall is next with 28 catches for 277 yards (9.9 yards per catch). Derrick Catlett has 6 grabs for 26 yards and 1 TD. Wallace Franklin has 2 receptions for 5 yards and a TD.
Texas Tech Offensive Notes
-Where the Iowa State offense has struggled, Texas Tech has lit up opposing defenses in 2007. Graham Harrell, the nation’s leader in passing yards and passing TDs, directs coach Mike Leach’s aerial assault.
Harrell is 192-267 for 2,301 yards with 24 TDs and 2 INTs. That’s 8.6 yards per attempt and a 71.9 completion rate.
-Junior Shannon Woods paces the Red Raider’s running game. He has 43 rushes for 269 yards (6.3 yards per carry) with 7 TDs.
Kobey Lewis is next on the list with 27 carries for 95 yards and 2 TDs. Freshman Aaron Crawford has 19 carries for 58 yards.
As the season progresses, the Red Raiders are going to have to find a way to run the football. Eventually, Texas Tech will face a defense that is athletic enough to slow down the passing game.
-Redshirt freshman Michael Crabtree continues to lead Texas Tech (and the nation) in receiving. He has 60 catches for 920 yards (15.3 yards per catch) and 14 TDs.
Danny Amendola has recorded 44 catches for 593 yards (13.5 YPC) with 3 TDs. RB Shannon Woods has 22 catches for only 62 yards, but does have 2 TDs.
That’s not too good for last year’s Big 12 leader in all-purpose yardage—but Red Raider faithful have to believe that Woods will come through in the clutch.
Eric Morris has 21 catches for 215 yards with 3 TDs, and Grant Walker has hauled in 13 catches for 175 yards and 2 TDs. True freshman Detron Lewis has 2 grabs for 63 yards and 2 scores.
Iowa State is similar to Oklahoma State in that the Cyclones don’t match up very well with Texas Tech.
The Cyclones have lost to Kent State, Northern Iowa, Toledo, and Nebraska. In those games, their highest point total was 35, against Toledo.
ISU isn't good at creating turnovers, and they don't score quickly when they have the ball. Those are things Chizik's boys will have to do to stay within 30 points of Texas Tech.
However, ISU is hungry for a win—and the Red Raiders are well aware of how important each conference game is, especially with OU and UT both losing last Saturday.
This weekend's game is truly a clash of titans. Gene Chizik is regarded as one of the nation’s top defensive coaches—he directed back-to-back title-winning defenses at Auburn and Texas. On the other sideline, Mike Leach runs an offense that has mowed down opponents from California to Texas to Poland.
The edge goes to Leach and the Red Raiders this week. The game is at home for Texas Tech, and it will be difficult for ISU’s ball-control offense to keep pace with Harrell, Crabtree, and the rest of Tech’s game breakers.
If Chizik and the Cyclones can force mistakes by the Raiders, they have a fighting chance. If not, ISU could be making the flight back to Ames, Iowa sitting at 1-5...with a trip to Austin right around the corner.
Texas Tech 59, Iowa State 24