From Inside the Red Raiders
Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells answered questions from the media via a virtual Zoom press conference following the Red Raiders 31-15 loss at Iowa State.
“Credit to Iowa State. They came out and took it to us. The field goal block there early in the game, huge play, nice play by our d-line getting a hand up. But we struggled on offense. Couldn’t get the running game going and that made us very, very one-dimensional. Obviously we didn’t do that good enough either. I think we left the defense out there too long. We got tired at times. We’ve got to be able to get off the field on third down. We struggled with that. Offensively, we didn’t help the defense one bit in terms of trying to prolong a drive and trying to stay on the field.”
On the quarterback situation moving forward:
“We’ll evaluate that the next couple days. David (Yost) and I and the offensive staff.”
On starting quarterback Alan Bowman:
“I think we struggled just getting guys open, getting them in front of safeties or behind safeties. The run game did not help him at all. We’ve got to be able to open up the run game or it’s just going to become a throw fest and at some point we’ve got to take into consideration your defense is struggling and try to run the ball and at least establish the run. That’s not something we really wanted to do is get back into a full-out drop back pass game.”
On the decision to bring quarterback Henry Colombi into the game:
“I thought we needed a spark at the end of the third, the beginning of the fourth quarter. That’s probably the main position to be able to give us a spark is to put Henry in, and I think he responded well. We protected him, we made some catches for him. He did a nice job moving the ball.”
On the decision to run out the clock at the end of the first half:
“We weren’t gonna get the first down, Jarret, and I didn’t want to put the defense right back out there.”
Why the coaches decided to start Bowman over Colombi despite the offense appearing to be more effective under Colombi:
“I think that’s a fair statement given the fourth quarter today and even the part that Henry had played in the second half of the Kansas State game, but we believed at the beginning of the week that if Alan was healthy enough he gave us the best chance to win. He had not done anything in the Texas game or even at the beginning of the Kansas State game to make us doubt him or to have that be Henry’s job based on that. Your point is very well merited after today and like I answered Don, we’ll go back and we will evaluate that position, and make a decision and move forward with whatever that decision is.