LUBBOCK (AP) — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury knows Patrick Mahomes’ talent. But he also knows youth can bring dubious decisions.
Mahomes, a junior, threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Texas Tech past Stephen F. Austin 69-17 on Saturday.
“I thought he was a little loose, kind of doing his own thing a few times,” Kingsbury said. “When things are there within the system, let’s take it. And then when it’s not, get out and work your magic.”
The Lumberjacks couldn’t stop the Red Raiders offense and couldn’t get theirs on track for much of the game.
Mahomes, who was pulled midway through the third quarter, completed 30 of 43 passes for 483 yards; he rushed for 57 more.
Six Red Raiders receivers had yardage totals greater than 47 yards and the team had 10 plays of 20 yards or longer.
“This is a potent offense,” Lumberjacks coach Clint Conque said. “We obviously realized it was going to be a tough get for us as a football team.”
The win gave Texas Tech (1-0) its 16th straight win over FCS opponents, including three against the Lumberjacks (0-1).
SFA’s offense needed a ground game badly.
“The first few drives we had a hard time establishing the run, and it’s hard to sustain drives and win football games without having a decent running game, ‘Jacks quarterback Zach Conque said.
Kingsbury wasn’t too pleased with the offensive early on.
“I just didn’t think offensively we played very technical — kind of some streetball going on early,” he said.
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