Nov 13, 2021; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Tahj Brooks (28) rushes against the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Texas Tech clips Iowa St. on 62-yard FG as time expires

Texas Tech’s Jonathan Garibay ended the game against Iowa State the same way he ended the first half, but the second boot will be one he and Red Raiders fans will remember for a long time.

Garibay boomed a 62-yard field goal through the upright as time expired to lift Texas Tech to a white-knuckle 41-38 victory in Lubbock, Texas.

The game-winning boot was the end of a seven-play drive engineered by Red Raiders freshman quarterback Donovan Smith, who was dazzling in his first career start. Smith passed for 322 yards and three first-half touchdowns to help Texas Tech (6-4, 3-4) become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2015.

Iowa State kicker Andrew Mevis made a 29-yard field goal to knot the score 38-38 with a minute on the clock, which wiped out a Red Raiders lead that was 31-14 at halftime and remained in double digits most of the second half.

Unfazed, Smith and the Texas Tech offense shrugged off a frustrating half with the clutch drive. Smith was 4-for-4 on the series, utilizing short passes to preserve time on the clock.

Texas Tech had two chances to extend the lead in the third quarter when it moved into field-goal range. But the Red Raiders opted to go on fourth down both times and came up short, and that left the door open for the Cyclones (6-4, 4-3) to rally.

Iowa State did so by scoring touchdowns on three consecutive series before the game-tying kick.

Quarterback Brock Purdy was big in the second half and finished with 356 yards through the air and two touchdowns. But Iowa State never completely got star running back Breece Hall on track: He finished with only 51 yards, though he did score twice.

The stirring finish capped an emotional week for the Red Raiders program, which gained a new coach when former Baylor assistant Joey McGuire was tabbed to replace the fired Matt Wells. McGuire will not take over until after the season.

Texas Tech stormed to a 31-14 halftime lead, sparked by Garibay’s 45-yard field goal right as the second period expired that seemed to provide a spark.

The Red Raiders racked up 326 yards in the first two quarters, buoyed by Smith’s 14-of-18 passing for 209 yards. He zipped three touchdown passes and was a key on third downs when Texas Tech was 6-of-8.

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