It was an unsurprising result in Lubbock, as Texas Tech showed their offense has still got it in an impressive one. Star QB Patrick Mahomes had an impressive night through three and a half quarters, as he threw four touchdowns and ran for two more. Tech’s offense was as electric as ever, as Justin Stockton and Corey Dauphine had great games on the ground. Backup QB Nic Shimonek also looked solid, which is a good sign, as Mahomes battled knee problems throughout the 2015 season, though he never missed a game.
While the defense looked at least somewhat improved, they’re likely still far away from the unit they need to be. Both Keenon Ward and Thierry Nguema recorded picks in the second half, which is a good sign, as a primary focus of David Gibbs’ defensive scheme is turnovers. Malik Jenkins also recovered a fumble forced by Zach Barnes. Next week, we’ll really see what this D is made of when they face the Arizona State Sun Devils.
While it’s good to avoid the App State-Michigan upset, Tech fans know this game was practically an exhibition. We’ll see if the D has improved enough to put the Red Raiders in the conference hunt next week when they face the Sun Devils in Tempe. That game is on FS1 at 9:00 CT on Saturday September, 10. Either way, a solid start to the 2016 campaign for the Red Raiders.
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