Texas Tech tops Iowa State, 41-38 to become bowl eligible
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Texas Tech is officially bowl eligible for the first time since 2017, advancing to 6-4 on the season after an epic 41-38 win over Iowa State today.
Jonathan Garibay sealed the deal, making a 62-yard field goal on the last play of the game. This marked the longest field goal in Texas Tech school history.
Frenship HS alum Donovan Smith made his first-career start at quarterback and it was a performance to remember. The redshirt freshman finished with 322 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Red Raiders jumped on top right out of the gates with a 75-yard drive that was capped off by a Tahj Brooks rushing touchdown. Iowa State tied it at 7 later in the quarter on a 1-yard touchdown by Breece Hall.
Later in the first, Texas Tech regained control a money pass from Smith to Myles Price in the endzone. The Red Raiders led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Price had 175 receiving yards on the day.
The Red Raiders offense exploded in the second quarter, scoring 17 points which included two receiving touchdowns by Erik Ezukanma. Jonathan Garibay made a 45-yard field goal just before halftime to give Texas Tech a 31-14 lead heading into halftime.
Iowa State responded in the second half and the game wound up tied at 38 with 1-minute to go. Texas Tech got the ball close enough to field goal range and Jonathan Garibay came up clutch with a 62-yarder to win it.
What a way to cap off an exciting week for Texas Tech football. They welcomed a new head Football Coach, Joey McGuire earlier this week and secure bowl eligibility today. Texas Tech has two Big 12 games remaining against Oklahoma State and Baylor.
This was Sonny Cumbie’s first win as the Red Raiders interim head coach.
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