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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Daunting marine predator’s fossil uncovered in Chile [Video]

Scientists in the vast Atacama desert in Chile have uncovered the remains of one of the largest and most daunting marine predators to patrol the Earth’s oceans — dating all the way back to some 160 million years ago.

The Atacama is the driest desert in the world, a moonscape of sand and stone.

But once, it was largely submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean.

According to researchers who found the fossils there, they once belonged to ancient reptiles called pliosaurs — predators with a more powerful bite than the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Paleontologist Rodrigo Otero led the research project.

“Pliosaurs were marine reptiles with heads similar to those of modern crocodiles with short and very robust necks, an aerodynamic body and athletically-adapted limbs. These reptiles could reach large sizes and some specimens have been found with over two-meter-long skulls.”

Otero says the find helps scientists fill gaps in time and evolution

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