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Cyclones Run Past No. 19 Texas Tech, 41-7

Release: 10/29/2011
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LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State posted its largest win over a ranked team Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium as the Cyclones ran past No. 19 Texas Tech 41-7. The victory was Iowa State's first ever win in Lubbock. Iowa State (4-4, 1-4 Big 12) defeated the Red Raiders (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) with the rushing attack, posting 368 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

The previous record for the largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent was Iowa State’s 36-14 win over Nebraska in 2002. The 34-point margin of victory was also Iowa State’s first winning margin of over 30 points against a conference opponent since its 45-3 win against Kansas in 2002. Iowa State’s 368 rushing yards marked the first time Iowa State went over the 300 mark since its game at Kansas in 2001.

James White and Duran Hollis both rushed for over 100 yards with White leading the way with 138 yards and a touchdown and Hollis adding 101 and a touchdown. This is the second season in a row that the Cyclones have had multiple runners with 100-plus yards rushing against Tech, as Alexander Robinson and Shontrelle Johnson pulled off the feat last season.

The Iowa State defense restricted Texas Tech to 290 yards total offense. Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege was stifled, completing just 16-of-32 passes for 171 yards and throwing two interceptions. The Red Raiders did not complete a touchdown pass, snapping a 69-game streak of TTU having at least one touchdown pass in a game.

Leading 24-7 at the half, Iowa State started the second half out with the ball. After two White carries, Hollis to the handoff on a third-and-one and broke through the Red Raider secondary, going 71 yards for a touchdown and expanded the Iowa State lead to 31-7.

The Cyclone defense took control from then on, holding the Red Raiders to 71 yards in the second half and keeping the dangerous Texas Tech offense off of the field. Iowa State put together another drive in the fourth quarter that was finished off through a White 1-yard touchdown run to make it 38-7. After a Jeremy Reeves interception and 33-yard return, Zach Guyer tacked on a 23-yard field goal to make the score 41-7.

Quarterback Jared Barnett was solid in all facets of the game in his first career start. The Garland, Texas native completed 14-of-26 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 19 times for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Barnett did not waste time settling in. He led the Cyclones on an eight play, 67-yard drive capped off by a 12-yard touchdown scamper by the quarterback to give Iowa State the early 7-0 lead.

Iowa State doubled its lead to 14-0 with 3:26 to go in the first as Barnett found Josh Lenz for gains of 17 and 38 yards, respectively, to get the Cyclones down to the TTU three. Jeff Woody finished off the six play, 80-yard drive with three-yard touchdown plunge.

On the first play of the next drive, Ter’Ran Benton picked off Texas Tech’s Seth Doege and took the ball back 40 yards to the Texas Tech two-yard line. It was the first career interception for the senior. Three plays later, Barnett found Darius Darks for his second touchdown of the season to expand the Cyclone lead to 21-0.

The No. 19 Red Raiders looked back in business after forcing a White fumble on their one and marching 96 yards downfield but a fourth-and-one attempt was stuffed by Benton and A.J. Klein to force a TTU turnover on downs early in the second quarter.

After a Doege 8-yard touchdown run reduced the deficit to 21-7, Iowa State compiled a 10 play, 42-yard drive that led to a Guyer 42-yard field goal to move the Cyclone advantage to 24-7 at the half.

Iowa State returns home to take on Kansas next Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CDT. The game will be televised by Fox College Sports.

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