The Red Raiders are undefeated through five games for the first time since 2008, a season that saw Texas Tech rise to as high as No. 2 in the country. This Saturday, Tech looks to continue its best winning streak to start a season since that special year against the Iowa State Cyclones. Adding even more significance to Saturday's matchup is that with a victory, Coach Kingsbury would become the first head coach in Tech program history to win his first six games on the job.
Now if he only Kingsbury knew who his quarterback would be.
Baker Mayfield was well on his way to his second 400 yard passing game of the season in Tech's 54-16 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks, but a right knee injury suffered in the third quarter forced Mayfield to leave the game early with the help of crutches, leading many to believe he'd miss significant time. The team received good news earlier in the week however when an MRI revealed no structural damage to the knee, meaning the injury wouldn't be season ending.
Still, Kingsbury isn't sure if Mayfield will be able to start Saturday.
"Timetable-wise, I'm not sure yet," Kingsbury said. "We'll have to see how he feels. If Baker can't go then obviously [Brewer would] get more reps than he's been getting and just see how those other two guys are doing this week in practice."
Mayfield has started every game for Tech this season while posting 297.6 yards per game, good for 2nd in the Big 12. Despite consistently starting games this season, finishing them has been a different story. Fellow freshman quarterback, Davis Webb, has entered in relief of Mayfield in four straight games, completing just 51.4 percent of his passes for 550 yards, 6 TD's and 4 interceptions. Meanwhile, Junior Michael Brewer, the favorite to win the starting quarterback job before suffering a back injury in August, saw action for the first time in Saturday's win over KU and could be ready for his first start of the season.
"We'll see how he practices," Kingsbury said. "It's kind of all up in the air. But he progressed nicely last week, so we'll see how he does this week."
As far as Iowa State's concerned, the Cyclones are coming off a heart-breaking 31-30 controversial home loss to Texas last week, after what appeared to be a Texas fumble near the goal line was overturned on replay, allowing the Longhorns to score the winning touchdown in the final seconds. Iowa State outgained Texas 463-363 behind a solid effort from quarterback Sam B. Richardson, who threw for 262 yards with two touchdowns, in addition to 83 rushing yards on 17 carries.
All-time, Texas Tech owns a 5-1 advantage over Iowa State in Lubbock, but the only loss came in the last meeting between these teams at Jones AT&T Stadium in 2011, when the Cyclones blew out The Red Raiders 41-7. Texas Tech returned the favor last season beating the Cyclones 24-13 in Ames. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series between these teams 8-3.
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