5 things Texas Tech fans need to know about No. 24 Iowa State, including a daunting offense

The road does not get any easier for the Red Raiders after opening Big 12 play with a pair of gut-wrenching losses. One week after Texas Tech lost to Kansas State and suffered an injury to starting QB Alan Bowman, who is listed as day-to-day, the road takes this team to Aimes, Ia.

Iowa State heads into the matchup on the heels of upsetting then-ranked No. 18 Oklahoma in a dramatic comeback win.

Here are five things Texas Tech fans need to know about Iowa State:

Call Him The Breese

Despite his quarterback Brock Purdy making all the preseason headlines, sophomore running back Breese Hall has been the offensive star for this Cyclones team. Through three games Hall has 66 rushes for 396 yards and six touchdowns. He averages six yards per carry and also has racked up five receptions for 28 yards.

Last year against the Red Raiders Hall

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Syracuse football fans having their faith in Dino Babers’ offense tested again

Syracuse, N.Y. —It’s a little harder to ask for these days, but Syracuse head coach Dino Babers is still going to do it.

Following Syracuse football’s 21-10 loss to Pittsburgh, the Orange are 0-2 and facing a must-win game at the new-and-improved Carrier Dome on Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Cue up the George Michael.

“You gotta have faith,” Babers said of his team’s offensive woes. “You’re definitely wishing some positive things would happen on certain calls and you’re trying to get away from some calls that maybe people aren’t recognizing or seeing it the same way you’re seeing it and the ball is going in different places than what you know it should be going.”

Babers is fond of movie references so I’ll provide one here from one of my favorites, “Ghostbusters.”

Faced with the reality of being tossed from their comfy gig at a local college, Ray Stanz turned

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Georgia Tech gassed by Central Florida’s nonstop offense

The Yellow Jackets, coming off their heartening 16-13 victory over Florida State, ran into a far better representative of that football-proud state, and lost to the 14th-ranked Knights, 49-21.

But, people, were you not entertained?

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Combined, the offenses ran 173 plays and gained 1,131 yards. The majority of the yards – 660 – naturally belonged to the victor.

Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel put up 417 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. And made it look easy.

Glaringly, Tech lost the turnover battle, 5-2. That was not sustainable against such a score-happy opponent.

“We talk about letting go of the rope or holding the rope,” Tech coach Geoff Collins said. “There were times in the second quarter when they went on a run, aided by turnovers, that we let go of the rope.”

More accurately it might be said the rope

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