Iowa State continues it stellar play and now will go into next weekend for a chance to own the lead in the Big 12 Conference. Raise your hand if you thought that was going to be in a game recap in late October. I certainly won’t be the one to raise my hand.
The game did not start off all that stellar. Kyle Kempt was intercepted and it was returned deep into Texas Tech territory. Tech would later score after three straight runs. Iowa State would never look back. Kempt led the Iowa State offense right down the field and capped off a long drive with a touchdown strike to Allen Lazard to give Iowa State a 7-6 lead.
John Heacock’s defense would keep Texas Tech rallied throughout most of the first half. Iowa State would then rattled off scoring drives to give Iowa State a 24-6 lead going into half. Kempt brushed off the early interception to end the half with three touchdown throws. Two of which were to Matthew Eaton who only had 3 total catches coming into the game.
Texas Tech would get a score in the third quarter to make things interesting late in the third quarter. Then the defense would rise to the occasion as it has done all season. Marcel Spears Jr picked off a Texas Tech screen pass and took it all the way to the house to give the Cyclones a 31-13 lead.
Kyle Kempt finished the day 22-32 passing and three touchdowns. David Montgomery was a workhorse once again, tallying 28 carries for 164 yards. Allen Lazard had 3 catches for 21 yards and one touchdown. Matthew Eaton had 5 receptions and two touchdowns.
Iowa State will now come back home to face TCU in a huge matchup next weekend in Ames. Iowa State currently sits second in the conference and controls their own destiny. Things are certainly fun right now in Ames.