AMES, Iowa (NEWS RELEASE) – All but two games remain on the regular season schedule for the Texas Tech soccer team as the 2022 schedule nears its conclusion. This Saturday begins with the final Big 12 road trip in the state of Iowa. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT as the Red Raiders seek their sixth win to secure bowl eligibility and their 40th bowl appearance in program history.
The television broadcast is provided by FS1 with Eric Collins behind the mic. He is joined by former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who serves as broadcast analyst. Fans can access the game from their mobile or streaming device via the FOX Sports App.
Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game through 46 affiliates across the state of Texas and New Mexico as Brian Jensen joins the call with analyst John Harris and sideline reporter Chris Level. The radio show can also be heard on SiriusXM channel 380 and on the Varsity app.
RED RAIDERS SEEK BOWL AUTHORITY
- Texas Tech will look to extend its win over Kansas by getting eligible for the Bowl on Saturday when the Red Raiders travel to Jack Trice Stadium to take on Iowa State. The Red Raiders have played 39 bowl games in their history, which ranks in the top 25 all-time in college football history.
- The Red Raiders will be looking for their first win since 2014 in Ames as the Cyclones have won their last three home games. Texas Tech is 1-1 against Iowa State in the November games played in Ames when the Red Raiders headed out to lead the Cyclones in 2014 but fell in the 2016 matchup between the two schools.
NOVEMBER TRAVEL NORTH RARE FOR TEXAS TECH
- Saturday’s game in Ames is only the 10th time in program history that the Red Raiders will play a game north of Oklahoma in November. Traditionally, Texas Tech has played games against in-state rivals with additional trips to the state of Oklahoma and Arkansas (Southwest Conference era) in the final month of the regular season.
- Texas Tech is 3-6 all-time in games north of Oklahoma in November with losses in each of their last three trips. The Red Raiders’ two lone wins came at Iowa State in 2014 and at Wake Forest in 1941.
- This is the sixth time since 2014 that the Red Raiders have played north of Oklahoma in November, when the Red Raiders fell in 2018 Kansas State, 2014 and 2016 Iowa State and 2015 West Virginia before winning in 2019.
RED RAIDERS WANT TO BUILD DRAMATIC VICTORY IN 2021
- This will be the 21st-ever meeting between Texas Tech and Iowa State as the Red Raiders are 12-8 after coming off a five-game losing streak with a dramatic 41-38 win over the Cyclones a year ago. The Red Raiders used a career-high 322 passing yards from Donovan Smith and 175 receiving yards from Myles Price to secure the win, which was crowned with a 62-yard field goal from Jonathan Garibay after time was up. The field goal was the longest in Texas Tech history and the longest ever in which an FBS kicker won a game with less than a minute remaining.
- The Red Raiders are 4-5 all-time in games played in Ames as Texas Tech seeks its first win at Iowa State since a 34-31 win over the Cyclones in 2014. Iowa State has won the last three visits to Ames with a 66-10 win in 2016, a narrow 40-31 win in 2018 and a 31-15 win in 2020.
- Texas Tech is 10-8 against the Cyclones during the Big 12 era. The two schools met twice prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, when Texas Tech defeated Iowa State 52-0 in 1967 and added a 24-3 win in 1974.
- The 2020 meeting between the two schools marked only the second time in the series that the Red Raiders have faced a ranked team from Iowa State. Texas Tech is 12-6 all-time against teams from Iowa State, as the Cyclones were ranked 11th in the polls when they defeated the Red Raiders in 2002 and ranked 24th in the last trip to Ames two years ago.
- The 2021 win marked the seventh time Texas Tech has scored at least 40 points in their streak with the Cyclones. The Red Raiders average 39.8 points in wins against the Cyclones and just 19.4 points in their losses. In fact, Texas Tech is 9-2 all-time against the Cyclones if they score at least 30 points over the course of the series.
CAREER NOTABLES VS THE CYCLONES
- The 2021 matchup marked the first career start for Donovan Smith, who ripped apart the Iowa State defense with 25 of 32 322-yard passes. It was the first of four 300-yard rushes in Smith’s career as he became the ninth Red Raider since 1999 to throw for 300 yards in his starting debut. His 322 passing yards marked the second-highest total all-time for a Red Raider rookie making his starting debut, behind only Davis Webb’s 415 yards against Iowa State in 2013.
- SaRodorick Thompson has found the end zone three times in his career against Iowa State as he has rushed for a total of 116 yards from 25 carries over the course of his career. Thompson averages just 38.7 yards per carry over three career games against the Cyclones, which is his lowest clip against any Big 12 opponent. Thompson’s best performance against Iowa State was in 2019 as a redshirt freshman when he carried 10 times for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
- Tahj Brooks put on a strong performance in the 2021 matchup, carrying nine times for 80 yards and a touchdown while also catching two passes for 21 yards.
- Myles Price had a career day against the Cyclones a year ago when he had nine catches for 175 yards in the win. It marked the most yards ever by a Red Raider in the series against Iowa State, beating the previous mark of 166 yards set by Jakeem Grant in the 2015 contest.
- Tony Bradford Jr. set a career high with eight tackles on Texas Tech’s last visit to Ames, as he also had a tackle for loss and two quarterback rushes. He has 11 stops during his career against Iowa State, including 1.5 for a loss.
- Dadrion Taylor-Demerson recorded his third and final interception of the 2021 season against Iowa State a year ago. The interception came with five tackles as he defeated Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy in just the third game of the second half.
NEWS AND NOTES AT A GLANCE IN THE STATE OF IOWA
- Texas Tech will seek a much-needed win on Saturday to extend its season to a bowl game for the 40th time in program history. A win over the Cyclones would return the Red Raiders to a bowl for the first time since the 2012-13 campaigns in consecutive seasons. Texas Tech is currently tied for 21st in FBS history and tied for third in the Big 12 Conference in all-time bowl appearances.
- The Red Raiders go into the final two games of the regular season with a 5-5 aggregate record for the 10th time in program history. In the last 10 games, the Red Raiders have found a way to get at least one win in six of those seasons (1991, 1993, 1999, 2010, 2015, 2017).
- Texas Tech is currently 3-4 in Big 12 play going into the final two games of the regular season. With victories over both Iowa State and Oklahoma, the Red Raiders guaranteed their first conference record since 2009 when Texas Tech went 5-3 in the league as part of the earlier eight-game model.
- Winning the revenue margin has been a key message for Joey McGuire since he was hired as part of his attempt to “take three” every game. The Red Raiders are a perfect 3-0 this season as they gained the revenue lead after wins over Texas (+2), West Virginia (+4) and last weekend’s Kansas (+2).
- One of the key components of Joey’s official McGuire “winning plan” at Texas Tech is for the Red Raiders to win the middle eight minutes (last four of the second half, first four of the third quarter). So far, the Red Raiders have had four touchdowns and three field goals for a total of 37 points on offense.
- Texas Tech will face one of the best defenses in the nation this season against Iowa State as the Cyclones lead the Big 12 and rank ninth in goal defense on the FBS after conceding just 16.7 points per game. The Red Raiders, meanwhile, are averaging 33.8 points per game as Texas Tech has at least 30 points this season going 5-1, their only loss coming at Oklahoma State. Texas Tech has won eight of its last nine games as it has 30 or more points dating back to the middle of the 2021 season.
- With two regular-season games remaining, Texas Tech has only played one true freshman more than four games so far, defenseman Joseph Adedire. He has appeared in nine games out of ten so far and has recorded 12 tackles on defense, including 2.0 for a loss. True freshman Wesley Smith has also played in four games to this point, the maximum to protect redshirt status under NCAA rules.
WILSON FILMING IN THE ALL-AMERICA YEAR
- Tyree Wilson:
- Leads the Power Five with 50 pressings this season and ranks second according to FBS Focus on professional football.
- Ranks third in the Power Five for TFLs (14.0) and ninth in the FBS.
- Leads the FBS with 8.5 TFLs against opponents currently in the top 25 of the AP Nov. 13 poll.
- Leads the Power Five with 9.0 TFLs in real street games and ranks fourth in the FBS for that category.
- Ranked 25th on the FBS for total sacks (7.0), though he often faces doubles teams in losses.
- Leads the FBS with 5.0 sacks against opponents currently ranked in the top 25 of the AP Nov. 13 poll.
- He’s not just a pass rusher, however, as he’s third on the team with 61 tackles this season, by far the most of his career.
- Is currently one of only two power five players and one of seven players in the FBS to record 60 tackles, at least 10.0 TFLs and at least 6.0 sacks this season.
- At 6-6 and 270 pounds, he’s predicted to be the first-round draft pick in this year’s NFL draft as he was ranked the #2 defensive end on the draft boards for Mel Kiper Jr. in the Nov. 3 ESPN.com update .and Jordan Reid was .
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