Texas Tech vs. Iowa State football: Five players to watch


Skill players get the focus this week for the football game between Iowa State and Texas Tech. A look at one of the Red Raiders’ top receivers and lead running back, what receiver needs to have a big game for the Cyclones, and more.

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Texas Tech

Bradley Marquez (WR, #4)

For the past five games, Marquez has reeled in 49 or more yards per game and got a touchdown against Kansas. He’s second on the team in total receiving yards (686) and leads the team with seven touchdowns. Most of them (5) came in the first two games against Central Arkansas and UTEP. He broke the century mark in a conference game at Oklahoma State.

DeAndre Washington (RB, #21)

Washington is only 150 yards away from breaking the 1,000-yard mark. Yes, a Texas Tech running back! Considering how bad Iowa State’s rushing defense is, it wouldn’t be surprising if he reached the mark on Saturday. He has picked up over 150 yards on the ground in one game before against Kansas.

Pete Robertson (LB, #10)

This linebacker leads the team in total tackles (68; 37 solo), tackles for loss (10), and sacks — also at 10! He also likes pressuring the quarterback, meaning that if Iowa State’s main quarterback is healthy again, he’ll have to be on his toes.

Oct 18, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Sam Richardson (12) passes the ball against the Texas Longhorns during the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State

Sam B. Richardson (QB, #12)

Hopefully Richardson will be back in under center, because he could boost the running game against one of the worst rush defenses in the nation. Texas Tech basically can’t defend anything, kind of like Iowa State’s defense recently. If Richardson isn’t tossing it around, he can add the rushing attack that Grant Rohach couldn’t a week ago.

Allen Lazard (WR, #5)

It’s time to see more Lazard. He was almost eclipsing the century mark in two different games (with two touchdowns) against Toledo and Texas. Now in the blowouts against Oklahoma and Kansas, he saw just 10 total catches for 121 yards. Against this Red Raiders defense, hopefully Lazard can eclipse the 100-yard mark in one game and get a few dances in the end zone.

Other notables

  • TTU QB Davis Webb – Iowa State will be preparing for both quarterbacks, and Texas Tech will hope they can bring in their previous starter. If he can’t go, Patrick Mahomes was pretty serviceable against Oklahoma with nearly 400 passing yards and four touchdowns.
  • ISU PK Cole Netten – He missed his first field goal attempt against Kansas. Hopefully his confidence doesn’t waver and he can get it together for the final three weeks of the season.