When the team plane landed Saturday night, TCU coach Gary Patterson told his team what had happened in the Texas Tech game — that Pat Mahomes had thrown for 734 yards and his team had totaled 854 yards in a 66-59 loss against Oklahoma.
“We were like, ‘Wow, OK,’ ” defensive end James McFarland said. “My initial thinking was, ‘OK, 800 yards. How many games is 800 yards?’ ”
In this case, incredibly, it was one game. And knowing the Red Raiders’ style, it didn’t surprise Patterson at all.
“Welcome to the Big 12,” he said Tuesday at his weekly press conference.
Not only a good player, a good kid. You’ve got to give him a lot of credit. He’s been playing hurt.
TCU coach Gary Patterson, on Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes
Mahomes tied the NCAA record for passing yards, set the record for total yards (819) and missed by one the record for pass attempts in a game (89).
Patterson is in charge of developing a game plan to stop Mahomes on Saturday when the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders meet at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
But he didn’t need any records to tell him what Mahomes can do.
“Not only a good player, a good kid,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to give him a lot of credit. He’s been playing hurt. I think this is the first week they think he’s going to practice all week. Says a lot about what kind of person he is, what kind of player he is.”