No. 2: Oct. 22, 2016 – Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
What Patrick Mahomes did against Oklahoma in 2016 was absurd. Despite playing through a separated throwing shoulder and a fractured left wrist, Mahomes put on an absolute clinic, setting FBS records with 819 yards of total offense and 734 passing yards. Oh, and Mahomes also scored seven total touchdowns – five passing and two rushing – in this clash.
The Sooners’ defense was completely bamboozled by Mahomes, who also rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries, in this matchup. Texas Tech was 20-for-25 on third-down conversions in this contest and scored 59 points while chalking up 854 total yards. Unfortunately, Mahomes’ heroics weren’t enough to lift the Red Raiders to a victory over Oklahoma, as Texas Tech’s defense couldn’t stop a nosebleed in this duel.
No. 1: Nov. 25, 2016 – Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Going into this contest, the only thing Texas Tech had to play for was pride, as the Red Raiders owned a 4-7 record and had already been eliminated from bowl consideration. But Patrick Mahomes approached this clash with Baylor, which took place in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium, as if it were the National Championship Game, being well-aware that it would probably be his last time suiting up for Texas Tech.
In what wound up being his final college football game, Mahomes guided the Red Raiders to an emphatic 54-35 victory over the Bears by completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 586 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Three of his scoring strikes were at least 60 yards and two went 80 yards or longer. After the dust had settled in this matchup, Mahomes, who finished the 2016 campaign with 5,052 yards passing, became just the third FBS player with multiple seasons of 5,000 total yards.