After two straight less than stellar performances, the Texas Tech offense looked like their old selves against Oklahoma State. Besides a stagnate 3rd quarter the Red Raider offense was running on all cylinders. While the offense was much improved, there was still a few things that could've been better.
Overall Grade: B
The Red Raiders had 480 yards through the air and 162 yards on the ground. This isn't as balanced as the offense has been but when the game's final is 70-53 you know that this one was played in the air. The offense scored multiple touchdowns in every quarter except in the 3rd which featured an anemic version of our offense.
Quarterback Grade: B-
Patrick Mahomes was 38 of 55 (60%) for 480 yards and tossed 4 touchdowns. While those stats look nice, Mahomes also had 2 interceptions. The first interception came in the 3rd quarter at a very crucial point in the game and it led to an Oklahoma State touchdown. The second interception happened late in the 4th and the game was pretty much already over, this just happened to be a pick-six and gave the Cowboys 70 points for the game. This week Mahomes goes up against a banged up West Virginia secondary so he will be looking to have a big game.
Running Back Grade: B
The Red Raiders ran the ball 39 times for 162 yards (4.2 avg) and 2 touchdowns. DeAndre Washington toted the rock 22 of those 39 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. Washington's first run of the game was a 31 yard gainer which would be his longest run of the game. Justin Stockton only had 3 carries but he did have a 42 yard touchdown reception. Mahomes also ran the ball 11 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. The Red Raiders were forced to air the ball out in a shootout against Oklahoma State so it wouldn't surprise me if the run game gets more attention against WVU.
Wide Receiver Grade: B
Jakeem Grant had a career day. He had 13 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. Besides those great numbers, Grant had an amazing 90 yard catch and run in which he reversed field twice. To go along with his receiving numbers, Grant also had a 100 yard kick return. Behind Grant, Ian Sadler was second on the team in catches and receiving with 8 catches for 122 yards an a touchdown. While the receiving group had some nice numbers, they also had some untimely drops which have hindered the team this season. There were also some penalties that need to be cut out, you can't have receivers getting unsportmanlike conduct penalties.
Offensive Line Grade: B-
The offensive line played well for the majority of the game. They only surrendered 2 sacks all game and held Emmanuel Ogbah at bay for most of the game. Ogbah did have some impact though, he sacked Mahomes once and applied pressure numerous times. The offensive line also had some senseless penalties, again. The penalties weren't as bad as the past few weeks, but penalties are still penalties.