McCarney finds Tech stats mind boggling

Updated: October 6, 2003, 8:10 PM ET

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa State coach Dan McCarney might do well to forget looking at any more Texas Tech statistics.

Because the more he reads them, the more mind boggling they become.

"They're just an amazing offensive team right now," McCarney said Monday. "They're just blowing it off the charts."

Iowa State, still smarting from a 53-7 drubbing by top-ranked Oklahoma, plays at Texas Tech next Saturday night. Here's what awaits the Cyclones in Lubbock:

--Tech quarterback B.J. Symons leads the nation in total offense, ranks second nationally in passing efficiency and has thrown 24 touchdown passes in five games.

--The Red Raiders lead the nation in scoring (45.8), total offense (591.2) and passing yards (516.8).

--Tech is next to last in the Big 12 in punting but it doesn't matter. The Red Raiders have had to kick it away only 12 times all season.

"Twelve punts in five games. That's almost unheard of," McCarney said "That's just because their scoring goes so fast, so furious, so many points.

"When you put up 59 points against a traditional defense team like Texas A&M, that's just unbelievable."

Texas Tech beat A&M 59-28 Saturday night as Symons set a Big 12 record with eight touchdown passes. That was after he broke the league passing yardage record in each of the two previous games.

"B.J. is just unconscious right now the way he's playing," McCarney said. "Twenty-four touchdown passes in five games? I don't know if I've ever heard of anything like that."

McCarney said he thinks Symons is even better than Kliff Kingsbury, who set numerous records as Tech's quarterback the last three years. Symons, a senior who had been Kingsbury's backup, appears to have a stronger arm and is more elusive, the ISU coach said.

"He is just lighting it up," McCarney said. "He'd be really fun to watch if you didn't have to coach against him."

Iowa State contained Kingsbury last year in beating Tech 31-17. The Cyclones kept the Tech receivers in front of them and made sure tackles when they caught the ball.

"We made enough plays to give our offense a chance to put some points on the board and eventually win the game," McCarney said. "They went on to have a fine season and won their bowl game.

"From everything I've seen so far, they look better than they were last year."

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