On the heels of an eye opening performance in the season opener which saw Patrick Mahomes claim Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, among other superlatives, the sophomore quarterback produced six touchdowns Saturday to lead the Red Raiders (2-0) to a 69-20 win over UTEP at "The Jones".
Mahomes passed for 361 yards, four touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for another 27 yards and two scores Saturday in just three quarters of action before taking a seat with a huge lead. In fact, Mahomes did most of his damage in the first half with the game still somewhat in doubt.
The Whitehouse (Tex.) product put up 297 yards and three touchdowns to stake Tech to a 38-17 lead at the break.
"We were just playing fast, it's something Coach Kingsbury preaches, is playing fast," Mahomes said after the game. "When you have a lot of playmakers on the field they make plays and so just putting the ball in their hands and letting them make plays so we can win the game."
On the season, Mahomes has connected on 51 of 86 passing attempts (59.3 completion percentage) for 786 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. He's also rushed for 71 yards and a pair of scores.
That gives Mahomes an average of 393 yards, four touchdowns passing and 35 yards, one score rushing per game and he didn't play much in the fourth quarters of either of Texas Tech's first two games.
Despite another great performance from Mahomes, he had a lot of help. The offensive line not only did not allow a sack for the second consecutive week, but it paved the way for the Red Raiders to produce 229 yards on the ground, led by senior DeAndre Washington, who rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Nine different receivers caught a pass Saturday led by Jakeem Grant (pictured above) who hauled in seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
As a whole the Red Raider offense is averaging a whopping 642.5 yards and 64 points per outting!
Tech's defense also showed great improvement by limiting the Miners to 4.9 yards per carry for the game and just three points after halftime after giving up over 600 yards and 45 points to Sam Houston State in the opener. The defense also produced two more turnovers to give them six through two games this season.