Texas Tech Downs Iowa State, 42-26|
Oct. 21, 2006
AMES, Iowa (AP) -Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell threw for 368 yards and a career-high six touchdowns and the Red Raiders beat Iowa State 42-26 Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Harrell, a first-year starter, threw five interceptions in losses to Missouri and Colorado and was briefly pulled in each of those games. But against one of the nation's worst secondaries, Harrell found his stride operating the Red Raiders' complicated passing offense, completing 31 of 40 throws.
Bret Meyer threw for 146 yards for Iowa State (3-5, 0-4), which lost for the fifth time in six games.
It's a good thing Harrell played so well, because Texas Tech committed 14 penalties and muffed two punts, allowing Iowa State to get as close as 28-26.
Bret Meyer capitalized on the first fumbled punt with a 10-yard TD run. Harrell answered on the next series with a 9-yard TD pass to Amendola, but the Red Raiders dropped another punt late in the first half, leading to a 23-yard field goal by Iowa State's Bret Culbertson.
Filani then extended an Iowa State drive with a penalty for roughing the kicker, and Jason Scales answered with a 5-yard TD run to cut Texas Tech's lead to 28-26.
But Harrell hit Shannon Woods for a 32-yard touchdown to push the lead back to nine, 35-26. Any chance Iowa State had for a rally was snuffed out by Brock Stratton, who picked off Meyer for the second time late in the fourth quarter.
Harrell sealed the win with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Filani.
Texas Tech scored touchdowns on its first two possessions to jump ahead 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
Filani caught a screen pass, followed a group of blockers down field and broke right for a 30-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Stratton then picked off pass by Meyer and took it back to the Iowa State 35, and Harrell found Filani again, this time for a 7-yard touchdown.
Meyer hit Ben Barkema with a 5-yard TD pass to get Iowa State on the board, and Culbertson - backed by a stiff wind - buried a career-long 52-yard field goal to bring the Cyclones within 14-10.