Texas Tech went into 2022 without a single road win in week 12, but all of that would change by the end of the night. The Red Raiders fought Iowa State in a defensive cage match in which Tech eventually defeated the Cyclones 14-10. This win means a little more for the Red Raiders as Tech is now bowl-eligible after his sixth win of the year.
Joey McGuire will reach a bowl game in his first season as head coach and Tech will have a chance to end this season on a winning streak. The Red Raiders’ victory over the state of Iowa was as tough as it gets, but they prevailed through courage and determination. Defense stood up for the entire four quarters and Texas Tech’s offense delivered in crucial time to bring home the win.
Red Raiders own the Red Zone
Texas Tech’s defense was the star of this conference fight, coming up big in the red zone on several occasions. In Iowa State’s five trips to the red zone, the Cyclones were held to just one score. Twice the Cyclones were stopped short inside the tech five-yard line in fourth place. The Red Raiders dominated the red zone at both ends, scoring goals on both of their own offensive drives.
The Red Raiders also held Iowa State at a 1-to-3 conversion rate on their fourth down tries for the game. It was a “bend, but don’t break” performance from Tech as the Cyclones broke for 422 yards but were kept off the scoreboard at almost every turn.
Tech offensive line is struggling
Despite the win, Tech still has some glaring problems, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. The Red Raiders’ offensive line looked overwhelmed at times, and Texas Tech saw more than a few drives that ended in three-and-outs. The Iowa State defense finished the game with three sacks and six tackles to lose the game, beating Tech in the trenches for much of the game.
It was evident for most of the year that Tech is struggling in attack, it cost the Red Raiders a few games earlier in the year and it almost cost them this one. Not only is it bad for their record, it’s also dangerous for their quarterbacks. Every tech snap-taker suffered some sort of injury this season as a result of the porous Front Five. This will be the most important area for McGuire and his staff this off-season.
Shough leads late game winning drive
Tech’s offense didn’t add much in this game, but the Red Raiders performed when the chips were down. Senior quarterback Tyler Shough engineered a 13-play, 77-yard drive and capped it with a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Baylor Cup. That game gave Tech a lead it wasn’t about to give up.
When the Red Raiders needed a goal late in the fourth quarter, Shough answered the call. The veteran looked ready in that goal drive and it bodes well for Tech’s last few games. With Shough at the helm, the Red Raiders have a real chance of winning at the end of the season.
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