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Cyclones fall to Red Raiders in Big 12 Opener

AJ Klein returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown. AJ Klein returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown.

Texas Tech's defense held Iowa State to 189 yards of total offense in a 24-13 victory over the Cyclones Saturday night in Jack Trice Stadium.

Iowa State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) was up to the task on defense, holding the high-octane Red Raider offense to under 400 yards of total offense and 24 points, 26 points below their season average. However, the Cyclone offense couldn't sustain enough drives and were hampered by two costly fourth quarter turnovers in their first loss of the season.

Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) was led by quarterback Seth Doege, who threw for 331 yards on 30-of-46 attempts.

It was all defense in the first half for both sides. Iowa State mustered just 63 yards of total offense in the first half compared to Texas Tech's 177, as the game was tied at 7-7 at intermission.

The Cyclone defense scored the first points when A.J. Klein picked off a Doege pass and ran it back 87 yards for a touchdown. It was Klein's fourth interception return for a touchdown in his career, tying the NCAA record for interception returns by a linebacker.

Jacques Washington intercepted another Doege pass to stop a Tech drive in the second half.

The Red Raiders got on the board right before the half expired when Doege hit Jakeem Grant on an 11-yard pass on third and goal to tie the game at 7-7. It was the first touchdown the Cyclone defense surrendered in over 157 minutes of game action.

The Cyclones had just two first downs in the first half.

After stopping TTU on its opening drive of the second half, the Cyclones mounted their best series of the game with a 15-play, 74-yard touchdown drive. Steele Jantz found Ernst Brun in the corner of the end zone on a four-yard toss to give the Cyclones a 13-7 lead, as Edwin Arceo's extra point attempt was wide right.

TTU quickly answered on its next drive to move ahead 14-13. Doege found Darrin Moore on a four-yard touchdown toss to put Tech up for good.

A costly turnover by ISU led to TTU's next score. A Jantz pass was intercepted by Cornelius Douglas after Brun bobbled the pass, setting up a return to the ISU 9-yard line. TTU scored two plays later to move ahead, 21-13 with 10:36 left in the game.

Ryan Bustin added a 39-yard insurance field goal for the Red Raiders with 2:20 left remaining in the contest.

James White had 57 yards rushing on nine carries to lead the Cyclones on offense. Jantz had 73 yards passing on 10-of-20 attempts.

Washington had 12 tackles, including one for a loss and Roosevelt Maggit had two sacks.

The Cyclones are back in action next weekend at TCU. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on FSN.

Courtesy: Iowa State Media Relations

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