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Three Things We Learned: Texas Tech

The offense is finally building an identity.

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Cyclones are starting to get a hang of this whole “running the football” thing, and have fans excited.

Breece Hall Is Special

Breece Hall once again put the Big 12 on notice, rushing for 183 yards on 19 carries to go along with his 2 touchdowns, while reeling in 3 catches for 73 yards. Iowa State has had issues throughout the early part of the season finding a steady hand in the backfield. Hall, bringing home Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of Week for the second week in a row, recently came onto the scene for Iowa State, but has shown signs of greatness, whether he is getting the ball or not. His ability to accelerate in the open field and break tackles is impeccable, but his ability to pick up blitzing linebackers is what keeps him on the field every down. Giving Brock Purdy more time to throw downfield will eventually do Hall a favor for himself, and open up the run game, meaning this ISU offense is a well-oiled machine.

The Legend of Chuck Kolar Is Emerging

Matt Campbell referred to, player formerly known as Charlie Kolar, Chuck Kolar in his post game press conference so from here on out, it is Chuck. Chuck shined this passed weekend, hauling in 3 catches for 79 yards and a pair of scores. Kolar has proven that he needs his touches, and is producing Chris Carter-esque numbers, gaining a first down or a touchdown on 22 of his 26 catches this season, and has now appeared on Pro Football Focus’ All American team in back to back weeks.

Defensive Depth Could Be A Difference-Maker

Iowa State has recently dealt with the unfortunate injuries of Jaquan Bailey and O’Rien Vance, to name a few, but sometimes guys just need a breather. Having players such as Justin Bickam or Tayvonn Kyle step up in moments when needed is huge. Zach Petersen continues to impress, and Jamahl Johnson is a force. The defensive backs have struggled at times, but there really is not too big of a drop off in talent from the starters to the second teamers, which could be a big time deciding factor if a team like Oklahoma wants to spread the ball out and possibly make Jon Heacock throw in another defensive back.