The Numbers: Texas Tech @ Iowa State

By Chris Williams, Publisher

Texas Tech @ Iowa State
Saturday, Oct. 2 @ 6 p.m.

For a first look at Iowa State’s second Big 12 conference game of the 2010 season, let’s go inside the numbers.

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CLICK HERE for Texas Tech’s complete team statistics.


Rushing Offense: 84, 126.00
Passing Offense: 97, 169.25
Total Offense: 106, 295.25
Scoring Offense: 99, 20.25
Rushing Defense: 108, 209.75
Pass Efficiency Defense: 13, 99.89
Total Defense: 63, 353.50
Scoring Defense: T-33, 18.00
Net Punting: T-60, 36.31
Punt Returns: 76, 7.43
Kickoff Returns: 42, 23.73
Turnover Margin: T-33, .50
Pass Defense: 10, 143.75
Passing Efficiency: 116, 96.61
Sacks: 80, 1.50
Tackles for Loss: 94, 4.50
Sacks Allowed: 71, 2.25


–       Texas Tech appears to be a decent matchup for Iowa State’s struggling rush defense. After four games, the Cyclones currently rank 108th nationally against the run. The Red Raiders are America’s 116th best rush offense, averaging only 70-yards per game. Keep in mind that the Red Raiders don’t keep it on the ground very often though. They’ve only attempted 85 runs in three games and are averaging only 2.47 yards per carry. Iowa State’s red zone defense is ranked ninth nationally and first in the Big 12. The Cyclones ranked second nationally in that category at the end of last season.

–       Linebacker A.J. Klein is the Big 12’s second leading tackler through four games. The sophomore is averaging 10.25 tackles per game. That mark ranks him 22nd in the country. Klein ranks 27th nationally in interceptions, with two. He is tied with four other players at that spot. Crazy enough, Klein has returned both of those picks for touchdowns. Klein is the only player in America who has returned two interceptions for touchdowns at this point in the season.

–       Jake Knott was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week yesterday. Knott is currently tied for fifth on the Big 12’s tackle chart. The sophomore is averaging 8.75 tackles per game. Knott is tied for second on the nation’s interceptions chart. He has picked of three passes in four games.


Rushing Offense: 116, 70.00
Passing Offense: 23, 275.67
Total Offense: 83, 345.67
Scoring Offense: 38, 33.67
Rushing Defense: 22, 99.67
Pass Efficiency Defense: 31, 111.16
Total Defense: 67, 360.00
Scoring Defense: T-59, 22.67
Net Punting: 11, 42.07
Punt Returns: 9.57
Kickoff Returns: 9, 28.54
Turnover Margin: 7, 1.67
Pass Defense: 100, 260.33
Passing Efficiency: 62, 131.47
Sacks: 3, 4.00
Tackles for Loss: 20, 7.67
Sacks Allowed: 78, 2.33


–       Iowa State has Jake Knott and A.J. Klein towards the top of the nation’s interceptions chart. Texas Tech has Jarvis Phillips, who is at the top. Phillips, a redshirt freshman cornerback has picked off four passes in only three games. He returned one of those for a touchdown.

–       Keep an eye on Tech wide receiver Lyle Leong. This senior has scored six touchdowns in three games this season. He’s accounted for 251 receiving yards on the year and ranks fifth nationally in points scored per game with 12.

–       Senior linebacker Brian Duncan leads the nation in sacks with five in three games. That’s an average of 1.67 sacks per game. Duncan is tied for ninth nationally averaging 2.00 tackles for loss per game.

–       Tech’s sophomore running back Eric Stephens ranks 10th nationally in all-purpose running with 171.33 yards per game. Stephens has run for four touchdowns on the season while catching one as well.