There is no doubt that the Air Raid is alive and well in Lubbock as sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes opened the season with an impressive performance.
Texas Tech defeated Sam Houston State in the home opener 59-45, mainly because of how explosive the offense was. Mahomes passed for 425 yards, four touchdowns, one interception, and tacked on 48 more yards on the ground.
A notable touchdown play from Mahomes was his 64-yard bomb to Devin Lauderdale in the first quarter. He said after the game that it was something they have had up their sleeves.
“We repped it so many times,” Mahomes said. “Devon Lauderdale is a great receiver, great speed. We got the look we liked and I just put it out there and let him make the play.”
Lauderdale finished with a team-high eight catches for 150 yards and two scores.
Mahomes’ ability to extend plays and create room in the pocket is is one of his biggest strengths. In the second quarter Mahomes was scrambling to find an option and after a quick zig-zag he was able to find Ian Sadler in the end zone for a touchdown. Sadler added a 53-yard catch and run touchdown and finished with five grabs for 73 yards.
After the game Mahomes admitted that he missed his first read, and Lauderdale was wide open, but he just took advantage of his space and found Sadler.
Senior wide receiver Jakeem Grant, who finished with six cathces for 71 yards along with an electrifying 94-yard kick return touchdowns, was impressed by that play and overall his quarterback’s performance.
“I think he did a great job. I don’t even care about the pick he did, he did a great job,” Grant said. “One of my favorite plays he had he was just shaking guys back there and threw a dime right to Ian for a touchdown and I was amazed, because I’ve never seen that side of Pat, but he did a great job, great performance.”
Kliff Kingsbury agreed Mahomes had a good performance, but there is definitely room for improvement.
“I thought he was pretty even keeled.” Kingsbury said. “Like I said, a couple reads I know he'd like to have back, a couple throws that he missed that he'd like to have, but I thought he handled himself well.”