=== Webb's big day propels Texas Tech past Iowa State ===
Lubbock, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - True freshman Davis Webb threw for 415 yards
and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start to lead 20th-ranked Texas
Tech to a 42-35 win over Iowa State.
Webb went 35-for-56 and showed no signs of having never started a college
game. He started in place of another true freshman, Baker Mayfield, who
injured his knee in the Red Raiders' win last week over Kansas.
"Baker wasn't ready to go, so Davis was the guy, and he played well," Texas
Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "We have some throws out there that he'd
like to have back and some things he could have hit, but I liked the way he
handled himself and stayed composed."
The Red Raiders (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) had three backs rush for 80-plus yards and a
touchdown apiece in a 251-yard team effort. SaDale Foster, who had the game-
winning touchdown, had nine carries for 87 yards, DeAndre Washington had 13
carries for 88 yards and Kenny Williams had 17 carries for 80 yards.
Texas Tech also had three receivers with a touchdown apiece. Eric Ward had
seven catches for 61 yards, Bradley Marquez had six catches for 50 yards and
Jakeem Grant had five catches for 90 yards. Jace Amaro led the team with
nine receptions and 143 yards.
Iowa State (1-4, 0-2) was led by a rushing score apiece from Aaron Wimberly,
Shontrelle Johnson and Jeff Woody. Sam B. Richardson was 15-for-38 with 168
and one touchdown in defeat.
The Red Raiders started the scoring with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. On a 3rd-
and-1 from the Cyclones' 34-yard line, Washington rushed to pick up the first
down. That led to a 33-yard touchdown pass from Webb to Grant.
On the kickoff following the score, Iowa State's Jarvis West wasted no time
answering by coming up with a 95-yard touchdown return to tie the game.
"Once I caught the ball, I just realized that I had to make the right reads,"
West said of his return. "It was down to one person, and I knew I could make
him miss it."
Texas Tech then had another 11-play drive, this time for 77 yards, and another
score. On a 3rd-and-4 in the red zone, Webb threw a pass into the hands of a
Cyclone defensive back, but Foster muscled the ball away to get the first down
with a 13-yard catch. One play later, Ward was penalized 15 yards for
unsportsmanlike conduct, but redeemed himself with a 4-yard touchdown catch
after Washington rushed for 12 yards.
The Cyclones went three-and-out to end the first quarter. Texas Tech attempted
to take advantage of the lack of offense by Iowa State, but Ryan Bustin missed
a 34-yard field goal attempt on the following drive.
Iowa State went three-and-out again on its next possession, but got a break on
the punt when a blocker for Texas Tech's Keenon Ward was hit by the ball,
causing a fumble which was recovered by the Cyclones' Levi Peters at the Texas
Tech 33-yard line.
West caught a 15-yard pass on 3rd-and-9 to extend the drive, and the next play
was a 4-yard option toss from Richardson to Wimberly for a touchdown that tied
the game again.
Texas Tech continued the trading of scores with an 11-play, 86-yard drive
capped by Williams' push across the goal line on a 4th-and-1. Webb led the
drive by completing a pair of 17-yard passes, one to Williams and the other to
Grant. Amaro later contributed a 28-yard catch which brought Tech to the ISU
10-yard line, then had a catch for nine yards which preceded the Williams
The Cyclones came right back with a touchdown of their own. Richardson ran for
38 yards on the first play of the drive to get to the Texas Tech 37-yard line.
Quenton Bundrage later caught a 19-yard pass to get to the 8-yard line, and
Wimberly rushed for five yards before Jeff Woody ran it in from 3-yards out to
tie the game at 21-21 with 2:57 left in the first half.
Webb came out ready to score once again, however, as he completed six passes
in a row on the ensuing possession. He hit Ward for 16 yards, Amaro for a pair
of 12-yard gains, Marquez for six yards, Grant for a loss of two and the last
two to Marquez, who fumbled the ball on the second catch and Iowa State
recovered on their own 24-yard line with just over a minute left in the half.
Texas Tech scored the first points of the second half to move back in front.
Foster had a 22-yard rush and Williams had a 17-yard run to move the Raiders
down the field before Webb finished the drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to
Marquez midway through the third quarter.
It wasn't until the fourth quarter when the crowd saw more points. Webb hit
Williams with a 14-yard pass and then Amaro for a 39-yarder to bring the Red
Raiders into Cyclones territory. Washington ended the drive with a 12-yard
score for a 35-21 lead with 12:06 to play.
Jeremiah George intercepted Webb shortly afterward, however, to give the
Cyclones the ball at Texas Tech's 20-yard line. It took Johnson two rushes to
get into the end zone, one for 17 yards and then a 3-yarer for the score that
brought the Cyclones within a touchdown.
Two drives later, the Red Raiders' Foster ran for 38 yards to put Texas Tech
up by a 42-28 score with 5:30 left to play.
Iowa State then drove 13 plays for 80 yards, capped off by an E.J. Bibbs 16-
yard touchdown reception with 1:54 remaining. However, Texas Tech was able to
run the clock out to seal the victory and remain unbeaten.
Texas Tech leads the series all-time series, 9-3 ... First-year coach Kliff
Kingsbury became the first Texas Tech coach in school history to win his first
six games ... Iowa State remained perfect in the red zone this season by
scoring a touchdown on each of its four opportunities.
10/12 20:20:14 ET