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Texas Tech’s Mahomes, OU’s Mixon share weekly honor

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Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes added some weight to enhance his durability through weight room efforts in the offseason. It marked the first offseason that Mahomes, who also played baseball in previous years at Tech, has focused on football. Video
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Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes added some weight to enhance his durability through weight room efforts in the offseason. It marked the first offseason that Mahomes, who also played baseball in previous years at Tech, has focused on football. Video

Big 12 officials offered a nod to Saturday night’s record-setting offensive performance in Lubbock when handing out Monday’s weekly player honors.

The co-offensive players of the week both had career nights during Oklahoma’s 66-59 victory over Texas Tech in a contest that included an NCAA record of 1,708 combined yards. Both teams finished with 854 yards of total offense, led by Monday’s honorees.

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes set an NCAA record with 819 yards of total offense, including a 734-yard passing performance that tied the existing FBS mark for single-game passing yards. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon accounted for 377 all-purpose yards, the most by an FBS player this season, and did so without returning a kick. Mixon rushed for a career-high 263 yards and two touchdowns while catching four passes for 114 yards and three scores. The three receiving TDs marked the most in any game by an Oklahoma running back.

Other weekly honorees included Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis (defensive), Oklahoma State kicker Ben Grogan (special teams) and OSU running back Justice Hill (newcomer).

Mahomes and his Texas Tech teammates face TCU on Saturday in Amon G. Carter Stadium (2:30 p.m., ESPN2). Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Mahomes’ effort against OU showed he has regained most of the strength and touch after battling through a strained throwing shoulder sustained Sept. 29 against Kansas.

“I think he’ll be even sharper this week,” Kingsbury said. “I can’t say enough about his toughness and his will to win. It’s fun to coach him.”

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