Matt Wells says Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman is ‘day-to-day,’ still undisputed starter


The Red Raiders are three games into the season and find themselves in a difficult position. Texas Tech sits at 1-2 (0-2) headed into Aimes, Ia. to take on no. 24 Iowa State. Like Texas Tech’s last opponent, the Cyclones are riding high after upsetting Oklahoma and taking the Sooners out of the AP top 25.

On top of the difficulty of playing in a stadium where Texas Tech hasn’t won since 2014, the Red Raiders could also be without starting quarterback Alan Bowman. The redshirt sophomore left the game against Kansas State with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter and did not return for the remainder of the game.

“Nothing’s broke. Nothing’s fractured. He’s day-to-day,” Wells said of Bowman’s injury.

When asked if his injury status would change who gets snaps with the first team at practice Wells said “if he doesn’t practice today then [you’ve] got to. It’s day-to-day”

Colombi performed well in Bowman’s absence, throwing for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first action with the Red Raiders. This bright performance had fans and media speculating if Bowman’s starting job was safe, but Wells quickly quelled that notion.

“Alan Bowman is our starter,” Wells said. “He won the job. He’s played well and [Colombi] played very well in relief of him. We’ll make that decision based on Alan’s health as we go through the week.”

During his two seasons in Lubbock, Bowman has suffered two major injuries. As a freshman Bowman tried to play through, then ended up re-injuring a punctured lung. Last season Bowman suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him through November, when he decided to redshirt the season.

Though still a backup, Wells had high praise for Colobmi, a player who transferred to Texas Tech this offseason after playing