Iowa St.-Texas Tech Preview
By ALAN FERGUSON
(AP) -- Texas Tech is on guard against a letdown following one of the most significant victories in program history. The memory of last season's game against Big 12 rival Iowa State could help.
In their first game as a ranked team in two years, the No. 19 Red Raiders will try to avenge that defeat to the Cyclones on Saturday night.
Behind quarterback Seth Doege's 441 passing yards and five total touchdowns, Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma's NCAA-best 39-game home win streak with a 41-38 victory last Saturday. After watching their team endure an intense rally from the Sooners, Red Raiders fans back in Lubbock celebrated by ringing bells on campus, honking horns and shooting off fireworks.
"It's special for the entire team. I'm excited about it," Doege said. "The best part of it is seeing how happy and excited my teammates are. We all got together, and we pulled it off. Everybody didn't think we could."
The win earned Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2) its first national ranking since finishing No. 21 after the 2009 season. The Red Raiders haven't been ranked for a game since October of that year, but the joy over that accomplishment would likely be erased quickly with a loss to visiting Iowa State.
"This (win) won't mean anything if we lose the next one," Doege said. "We've got to forget about this one. It's over. It was awesome. It was something that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. But in this conference, you've got to be ready to play every week, and it doesn't matter who you play."
The Red Raiders weren't ready during their trip to Ames, Iowa, last season, falling behind 24-0 en route to a 52-38 defeat.
"They gave it to us pretty good," Doege said. "So we need to really prepare this week and understand that we're going to get their best shot."
Iowa State, though, enters this game having dropped seven straight Big 12 games, including four consecutive defeats overall since a 3-0 start to this season. The Cyclones (3-4, 0-4) have been outscored 171-74 in conference play this year, and they fell behind 30-7 last week against Texas A&M on their way to a 33-17 defeat.
Their chances of snapping those losing streaks don't appear promising as they're winless in five trips to Lubbock and 2-7 overall in the series.
Iowa State is tied for 115th out of 120 FBS teams with 35.9 points allowed per game, and it ranks 112th in total defense (456.1 yards per game). The Cyclones have given up more than 500 yards in each of their last three games.
That doesn't bode well heading into a matchup with a Texas Tech team in the top 10 nationally with 43.4 points, 539.3 total yards and 383.7 passing yards per game. Doege is in the top five among FBS quarterbacks with 2,608 yards and 22 touchdowns.
"We don't need any introduction to him. We know he's a great player," said Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads, who was the defensive coordinator at Auburn under current Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville in 2008 before heading to Iowa State.
Rhoads will have a new starting quarterback in freshman Jared Barnett, who replaced a struggling Steele Jantz in last week's defeat. Barnett, a Texas native, was 16 of 36 for 180 yards in that game, also rushing for 66 yards on 13 carries.
"I have to be better. There's always room to improve," he said.
Barnett won't have Shontrelle Johnson in the backfield. The sophomore, who rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in last season's victory over Texas Tech, is expected to miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.
James White had 148 yards on 16 carries during Iowa State's first game without Johnson, a 49-26 loss at Baylor on Oct. 8, but has a combined 121 yards over the past two weeks.
Updated October 25, 2011