Summer Opponent Preview: Iowa State Cyclones – The Numbers

After a very tough early start to the season, Texas Tech will take on Iowa State in the 6th game of the year at home in Lubbock. Let’s take a look at those returning players, but with fancy charts.

Quick Facts on Iowa State

Last Year’s Record: 2-10
Location: Ames, Iowa
Coach: Paul Rhoads
Returning Offensive Starters: 8 (LT Jake Campos; LG Oni Omile; RG Jamison Lalk; RT Brock Dagel; QB Sam B. Richardson; WR D’Vario Montgomery; WR Quenton Bundrage; WR Allen Lazard)
Returning Defensive Starters: 6 (DE Trent Taylor; LB Kane Seeley; LB Luke Knott; CB Nigel Tribune; CB Kenneth Lynn or Sam E. Richardson; S Kamari Cotton-Maya)


Pass Yds/Gm Rush Yds/Gm Rec Yds/Gm
QB Sam Richardson 242.6 38.27 0.00
RB DeVondrick Nealy 0.00 22.75 15.60
RB Tyler Brown 0.00 9.91 2.10
WR D’Vario Montgomery 0.00 0.00 55.00
Allen Lazard 0.00 0.00 49.40

Welp, that’s correct, little to no running game returning and both receivers that reutnr averaged about 50 yards receiving a game. If Richardson can improve and be better than last year, then sure, why the heck not.


Pass Pts/Gm Rush Pts/Gm Rec Pts/Gm
QB Sam Richardson 9.8 1.6 0
RB DeVondrick Nealy 0 0.5 0.5
RB Tyler Brown 0 0 0.5
WR D’Vario Montgomery 0 0 1.09
WR Allen Lazard 0 0 1.5

Eh, a little bleak here, right. As an aside, Montgomery and Lazard had 2 and 3 touchdowns all year. The big touchdown-maker last year, E.J. Bibbs, graduated.


Solo Assisted
DB Kamari Cotton-Moya 55 22
DB T.J. Mutcherson 56 20
LB Luke Knott 37 37
LB Kane Seeley 24 28
DL Trent Taylor 18 19

Okay, we’ve got a little something here. These aren’t your leading tacklers, although the first four players are pretty much up there in terms of leading the team. I added Taylor, who may not start, as the lone defensive line guy that has much of any playing time.


Tackles for Loss Passes Defended Forced Fumbles
DB Kamari Cotton-Moya 2 8 0
DB T.J. Mutcherson 2 6 1
LB Luke Knott 3.5 1 0
LB Kane Seeley 1 0 1
DL Trent Taylor 5 0 0

This is actually not very good, and as stated above, there’s almost nothing returning from Iowa State on the defensive line. They had one of the worst defenses in the nation (just like Texas Tech) but they’re pretty much replacing everyone up front.

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