Iowa State clobbers Texas Tech in blowout
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Quarterback Joel Lanning tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns, Jacob Park threw for 285 yards and two TDs and Iowa State clobbered Texas Tech 66-10 on Saturday.
Lanning ran for 171 yards for the Cyclones (3-8, 2-6 Big 12), who scored their most points since beating Colorado State 69-0 in 1980. They entered play as a slight underdog, only to overwhelm the Red Raiders with a 45-3 halftime lead and set a school record for points in a Big 12 game.
Iowa State scored touchdowns on five consecutive first-half possessions — a stretch capped by Kamari Cotton-Moya's 48-yard interception return — and racked up a program-best 31 points in the second quarter.
Pat Mahomes had 219 yards passing for Tech (4-7, 2-6), which is guaranteed to finish with a losing record for the second time in four years under coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Texas Tech: This was arguably the low point of Kingsbury's tenure, which includes an 82-27 loss to TCU in 2014. Tech couldn't stop the run or the pass, and it couldn't run or pass either. It was hard to believe that a team that came within a point of No. 13 Oklahoma State on the road last week could look as bad as the Red Raiders did.
Iowa State: For a fan base that's been searching for hope for over a decade, Saturday's performance was like a dream come true. Everything the Cyclones did worked — and the result was perhaps the most dominant conference game the program has ever played. The Cyclones still have a ways to go, but beating Tech by 56 points might buy first-year coach Matt Campbell an entire offseason of good will.
Texas Tech will travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for a neutral site game against Baylor next Saturday. Given the direction both programs are headed, it's hard to imagine many folks will be excited for that one.
Iowa State concludes coach Matt Campbell's first season by hosting West Virginia next week. It'll be a trip that suddenly looks a lot more dangerous for the Mountaineers.