At this point, almost nobody would bat an eye if you were to say that former Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the best signal-caller in the NFL right now. Even the other contenders for that distinction – Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals and Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills – understand that Mahomes is one of one. In fact, if Mahomes were to never play another snap in the NFL, he would still have a strong case to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
But once upon a time, Mahomes was an overlooked prospect, as Texas Tech was one of the only FBS colleges to give Mahomes a football scholarship. Even after putting up video game numbers with the Red Raiders, some analysts questioned if Mahomes was a product of Texas Tech’s Air Raid offense heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.
Nine NFL teams passed up on the chance to draft Mahomes in 2017 before the Kansas City Chiefs traded up and selected him with the No. 10 overall pick. Now, the Chiefs are likely to become the NFL’s next dynasty and Red Raider football is on the map.
Over the course of his entire collegiate career with Texas Tech, Mahomes completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 11,252 yards, and 93 touchdowns. In 2016, he won the Sammy Baugh Award, which is presented to college football’s top passer, and capped the FBS regular season in points responsible for (318) and total touchdowns (53).
Needless to say, Mahomes didn’t have a shortage of stellar games with the Red Raiders. Let’s take a look at his five best games (plus an honorable mention) with Texas Tech: