The Red Raiders managed to hold on and win against the Longhorns for the first time since 2008. The offense came out strong but fizzled out some before finally putting UT away. The win pretty much locks the Red Raiders in for an invite to the Texas Bowl in Houston on December 29th and from the most recent projections it's very likely Texas Tech will square off with Texas A&M.
Overall Grade: B
Texas Tech's offense sputtered in the 3rd quarter and this allowed Texas to get back into the game. The Longhorns took a 38-34 with just under 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter but Tech was able to score and hold UT on 4th down before they put the game away with the Jakeem Grant's trick play.
Quarterback Grade: B
Patrick Mahomes was 22 of 39 (56.4%) for 372 yards and a touchdown but also threw an interception on an ill-advised pass that floated over the receiver's head on 4th down. Mahomes also ran 16 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. His mobility is what makes him so dangerous and it's what makes him a great quarterback for Texas Tech. When your quarterback is a true dual-threat it helps out the offense tremendously. If Mahomes shines in Tech's bowl game there could be a lot of national hype about him going into next season.
Running Back Grade: A
DeAndre Washington had another stellar game running the ball. He carried the ball 28 times for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. Washington now has 1455 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns this season. He will surely eclipse 1500 yards after the bowl game. You don't see too many Texas Tech running backs get drafted in the NFL but I really hope that a team gives him a shot, I don't know what there is to not like about the guy.
Wide Receiver Grade: C+
Ian Sadler led the Red Raiders in catches and yards with 6 for 108 yards. While Sadler had a nice stat line, he had a costly fumble and drop late in the game. Devin Lauderdale also put together a nice stat line of 4 catches for 84 yards but dropped a for sure touchdown. Drops have been an issue for most of this season and I expect this to be an emphasis for the receiving core going into next season.
Offensive Line Grade: B-
The offensive line gave up 4 sacks to the Longhorns. If Hassan Ridgeway didn't get hurt then it may have been more since he is one of their key defensive linemen. Besides the sacks the offensive line played pretty well. There of course was a few penalties but nothing too major. This year the line proved that they can not only pass block but they can also open some holes up for the ground game.