Phil Hicks: Even in defeat, Mahomes put up big numbers

Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II looks to pass against Arizona State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Patrick Mahomes II did his part in trying to keep Texas Tech in the ballgame against Arizona State Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

While the Red Raiders fell to the Sun Devils, 68-55, Mahomes still put up some big numbers.

For his effort, the Whitehouse native was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Mahomes had 584 total yards and accounted for six touchdowns in the crazy game at Sun Devil Stadium.

It is the fourth career weekly honor for Mahomes, who enters Saturday’s home contest with Louisiana Tech as the nation’s leader in passing and total offense. Mahomes previously received the Big 12 award twice during his 2015 sophomore campaign and once at the end of his 2014 freshman season.

Mahomes finished 38 of 53 for 540 yards and five touchdowns against the Sun Devils, leading the Red Raider offense to the 50-point mark for the second time this season. He also rushed 11 times for 44 yards and a touchdown.

His 584 yards of total offense ranked sixth all-time in Tech history and seventh overall in the Big 12 record book. The performance marked the second time in Mahomes’ career where he had passed for more than 500 yards as he previously eclipsed the mark in a 2014 contest against No. 5 Baylor.

Mahomes, son of son of Randi and Pat Mahomes, has now passed for at least 300 yards in 15 of his 19 starts as Texas Tech’s quarterback. During that span, he has thrown for 400 yards seven times, two of which that have already come this season.

Mahomes, a marketing major, has totaled 1,023 passing yards through just two games, which easily leads the country. He is averaging 562.0 yards of total offense per game for an offensive unit that leads the country in passing yards and ranks second in total offense and tied for third in scoring offense.

Louisville’s sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson is second with an average of 507.5 per game.

Dylan Cantrell, also of Whitehouse, had three catches for 25 yards against the Sun Devils, including an 11-yard TD reception from Mahomes.

Cantrell, son of Kenny and Shelly Cantrell, is a sports management major.

Mahomes and the Red Raiders (1-1) play host to Louisiana Tech (1-1) on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on TV by Fox Sports Southwest-Plus and on radio by KYZS 95.7-FM.

This is only the second meeting between the two Techs. The first was in 1933, also in Lubbock, with the Red Raiders taking a 40-10 victory.

BLOCK THAT KICK

Brandon Jones, a true freshman, blocked a punt in Texas’ 41-7 victory over UTEP on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.

With 2:16 left in the first quarter, the Nacogdoches defensive back swatted the punt out of bounds at the Miners’ 6-yard line. The special teams play led to a Texas field goal.

For the Longhorns, it was the first blocked punt since Lufkin’s Carrington Byndom did so vs. Texas Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.

Jones had a tackle in the Longhorns’ 50-47 overtime win over Notre Dame the previous week and added another stop against the Miners.

Fellow East Texan Dorian Leonard, of Longview, scored his first collegiate TD for the Longhorns against the El Paso school, a 46-yard reception from freshman quarterback Shane Buechele. The former Lobo had two catches for 52 yards.

The Longhorns (2-0) have a big test on Saturday, traveling to Berkeley, California to meet the California Bears (1-1).

Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. at California Memorial Stadium and will be broadcast on TV by ESPN and radio by ESPN 92.1-FM.

This will be the seventh meeting between the schools. Texas leads 5-1, but the Bears scored a 45-44 win in Austin last year.

ALL-AROUND PLAYER

After a disappointing opening loss to South Alabama, Mississippi State was determined to not repeat that performance.

The formula for a fast start included Tylerite Fred Ross.

The John Tyler graduate got the Bulldogs going with both a TD reception and a TD pass as MSU scored a 27-14 win over South Carolina on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi.

Ross, who plays wide receiver for the Bulldogs, hauled in a 6-yard TD pass from Nick Fitzgerald to open the scoring.

The next score for Mississippi State came on Ross’ 17-yard TD toss to Donald Gray. The scores helped the Bulldogs take a 21-0 halftime lead over the Gamecocks.

Ross, son of Fred Ross Sr. and Kay McCalister, had six receptions for 56 yards.

Ross is one 100-yard game shy of tying the MSU career record of David Smith, who had eight from 1968-70. Ross broke the MSU single-season record for catches last year with 88. For his career, he has hauled in 138 passes (fifth in MSU history) for 1,684 yards (ninth in MSU history) and 11 touchdowns (ninth in MSU history). Ross has caught at least one pass in 24 straight games dating back to 2014.

The senior three-year letterman is majoring in human sciences.

The Bulldogs (1-1) return to play on Saturday, traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to meet LSU at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on TV by ESPN2.

LSU leads the series 72-34-3.

LEADING THE WAY

With Greg Ward Jr. sidelined against Lamar for precautionary reasons, fellow Tylerite Tyus Bowser stepped up once again on defense for Houston.

Bowser, a JT grad, led the Cougars with six tackles in the 42-0 victory over the Cardinals at TDECU Stadium in Houston. Also, Bowser, an outside linebacker, had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two sacks for 10-yards in losses.

Bowser, son of Sonia David and Ray Davis, is majoring in retail consumer science.

The senior has 10 tackles in two games.

Bowser and the Cougars play their first true road game of the season on Thursday, traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on TV by ESPN.

Houston leads the overall series 14-9, including last year’s 33-30 win in Houston.

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