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Iowa State outlasts Texas Tech, 40-31

Oct 27, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end Charlie Kolar (88) and Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Hakeem Butler (18) celebrate after the touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Red Raiders 40 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

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In what changed from a shootout to game of chess in terms of the battle of field position late in the game, Iowa State outlasted Texas Tech, 40-31. Cyclone QB Brock Purdy finished with a 75.9 overall grade, doing just enough with the help of David Montgomery to withstand a late rally from fellow true freshman QB Alan Bowman and the Red Raiders.

[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5 Overall

Iowa State Offense


Tarique Milton, WR – 81.8 overall grade

Brock Purdy, QB – 75.9 overall grade

David Montgomery, RB – 74.3 overall grade

Hakeem Butler, WR – 66.4 overall grade

Charlie Kolar, TE – 65.0 overall grade

Iowa State Defense

Marcel Spears Jr., LB – 83.5 overall grade

Brian Peavy, CB – 81.4 overall grade

O'Rien Vance, LB – 78.2 overall grade

Willie Harvey, LB – 70.7 overall grade

Ray Lima, DI – 69.9 overall grade

Texas Tech Offense


Terence Steele, OT – 70.8 overall grade

Antoine Wesley, WR – 70.1 overall grade

Travis Bruffy, OT – 67.4 overall grade

Ja'Deion High, WR – 66.1 overall grade

Paul Stawarz, C – 62.3 overall grade

Texas Tech Defense


Dakota Allen, LB – 85.3 overall grade

Riko Jeffers, LB – 69.8 overall grade

Douglas Coleman III, CB – 68.4 overall grade

Preston Gordon, DI – 67.7 overall grade

Broderick Washington Jr., DI – 66.7

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