Texas Tech drops third-straight Big 12 game in 31-15 loss to No. 24 Iowa State

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — With an offense that did just about whatever it wanted and a defense that was dominant deep into the game, No. 24 Iowa State put away Texas Tech to get out to its best start in Big 12 play in 18 years.

Brock Purdy passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns, Breece Hall rushed for 135 yards and two scores, and the Cyclones won 31-15 Saturday for their fifth straight win over the Red Raiders.

Iowa State remained tied with Kansas State atop the Big 12 standings and have won three straight to open conference play for the first time since 2002 and only the second time since 1950.

It was Iowa State’s most complete performance this season, but coach Matt Campbell said there is plenty to clean up before the Cyclones (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) head to No. 10 Oklahoma State after an open date this week.

“We want to be the best version of ourselves,” Campbell said. “It’s going to be detail and precision that allows that to happen.”

Purdy was 32 of 43 passing and connected with 11 different receivers. He also ran seven times for 42 yards.

The Cyclones rolled up 516 yards of total offense and held Texas Tech (1-3, 0-3) under 100 yards until early in the fourth quarter.

It added up to Iowa State’s 12th win in 13 October games since 2017, most among Power Five programs.

Asked why the Cyclones have been so successful in October, tight end Chase Allen said, “I really couldn’t tell you. It’s pretty spooky, though.”

The Red Raiders finished 0 for 10 on third downs and couldn’t move the ball until the Cyclones had built a 31-7 lead.

Texas Tech was held to 2.6 yards on 22 rushing attempts.

“Credit to Iowa State,”