Last weekend in the bowels of Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe following Texas Tech's 68-55 loss to Arizona State, I asked Texas Tech star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, in all sincerity, if he felt as if he and the offense had to score every possession in order to win shootouts such as the one they had just finished.
Mahomes said all the right things, essentially that he had faith in the defense and the team as a whole to improve and win those type of games moving forward.
Fast forward to Saturday, Mahomes' 21st birthday by the way, and the junior standout literally led the offense on scoring drives every offensive possession.
No turnovers, no punts.
Texas Tech (2-1) found paydirt on its first five drives and then marched down in the red zone only to finally stall out and miss a field goal late in the second quarter. Mahomes and the Red Raiders opened the second half with consecutive 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drives to keep the Bulldogs (1-2), who were rolling on offense themselves by that point, at bay. Tech would tack on a field goal and then a final touchdown later in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Mahomes the maestro finished 26-for-36 passing for 470 yards, five touchdowns with a QB rating of 227.7 and added 37 yards and a score on the ground Saturday night. His performance was nearly flawless and often times looked effortless.
In fact, that's how Mahomes has looked all season, nearly flawless. Through three games he's completed 71-percent of his passes and is averaging almost 500 yards and five touchdown passes a night. He's also rushed for four touchdowns.
Mahomes leads the nation in passing yards with 1,493, in total offense at 543.7 yards per game and is tied with Louisville's Lamar Jackson for most points responsible for with 108. He's also second in the country in passing yards per attempt (11.1) and third in passer efficiency (198.2).
As Mahomes breaks records and marches up all of Texas Tech's all-time record lists it is apparent the young man from Whitehouse, Tex. is the best signal caller to come through Lubbock, even better than his mentor and coach Kliff Kingsbury.
His phenomenal performances have become as commonplace as Tech's monumental struggles on defense, which likely causes some fans and local media to take for granted just how good Mahomes has become. In fact, the biggest obstacle between him and individual glory such as the Heisman Trophy is not any opponent on the schedule nor other standouts across the land, but likely the Red Raiders own struggles on defense.
Mahomes, who is on pace to throw for over 5,900 yards and 56 touchdowns this season, probably won't win the Heisman, which is a glorified team award more than anything, but he is putting together one of the best all-time offensive performances in college football history and I for one am thankful to be on-hand to witness it.