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No recipe for a Texas Tech comeback

10/29/2011

Last week, Texas Tech led Oklahoma by 24 after an early third-quarter touchdown.

This week, the Red Raiders find themselves down 31-7 to Iowa State after Duran Hollis broke a 71-yard touchdown run just after halftime.

Last week, the Red Raiders nearly allowed an Oklahoma comeback, but the chances of the same happening tonight aren't nearly as high. Why?

How they've done it.

Texas Tech racked up more than 400 yards passing against the Sooners, but its air attack has been muted against the visiting Cyclones and the running game wasn't there.

Iowa State has used a zone-read game and a pounding running attack to roll up 251 yards on the ground. That's a lot more reliable, and more importantly, makes those ticks on the clock drain much, much faster.

If the Red Raiders can stop that running game, they might make this a game late, but we haven't seen much reason to believe that will happen.

The Cyclones have run the ball 36 times for 251 yards, featuring 94 yards from Hollis, 78 from James White and 66 more from quarterback Jared Barnett.

Barnett through the air (8 of 18, 99 yards) hasn't been great, but he hasn't needed to be. Now, a week after shocking the nation, the Red Raiders are shocking their own fans with a flat performance.