The 2016 Oklahoma-Texas Tech game will go down in the record books as one of the most remarkable offensive performances in college football history. Days later, we’re still trying to fathom some of the stats that came out of the Sooners’ 66-59 victory.
Here’s a look back at the Saturday night shootout in Lubbock by the numbers:
Two: Baker Mayfield’s total incompletions in the second half. He went 13-of-15 for 269 yards and four TDs. Mayfield broke the Sooners’ single-game passing TD record with seven and now has two of the top 10 QBR performances in college football this season.
Three: Patrick Mahomes had more passing yards in one game than three FBS teams have all season. Those option-loving teams: Navy, Tulane and Army.
10: Consecutive touchdown drives in the second half. Texas Tech’s offense started the third quarter with a three-and-out. Then these two teams traded touchdowns on 10 straight drives. And then OU ran out the clock for the win.
10: Dede Westbrook touchdown catches in October. The Sooners’ go-to receiver has scored more TDs this month than 31 FBS teams, including Wisconsin, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Stanford and Notre Dame.
20: The number of seconds Oklahoma needed to drive 75 yards and score before halftime. This was huge for the Sooners. Tech had taken a 24-23 lead with 37 seconds left in the second quarter. Mayfield responded with a 52-yard pass to Westbrook followed by a 23-yard TD pass to Nick Basquine to go back ahead right before the break.
20-of-25: Texas Tech’s offense on third down. Mahomes completed 16-of-19 throws for 263 yards passing, ran three times for 39 yards and picked up 17 of those first downs plus three touchdowns for a perfect QBR of 100.
30: At least 30 FBS, Big 12 or team records were broken in this game. Some of the new national records: Mahomes gaining 819 total yards, Mahomes and Mayfield combining for 1,279 passing yards and 1,383 total yards, OU and Texas Tech finishing with the most combined passing yards and total yards by two teams and, of course, Texas Tech putting up the most-ever yards by a losing team.
52: Mahomes’ Big 12-record number of completions. The quarterback who’d held that conference record since 2002? His head coach, Kliff Kingsbury.
79: The percentage of Texas Tech’s total yardage that Mahomes has accounted for in 2016. We don’t track usage rates like that, but Mahomes has to be No. 1 in that category, right? Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson, for comparison’s sake, is responsible for 71 percent of Louisville’s total yardage.
88: Mahomes’ pass attempts against Oklahoma. An utterly unthinkable workload. That’s 16 more passes than any FBS QB has thrown in a game this season. In the past decade, only five QBs have thrown more than 75 in a game. Of course, three of those five (Mahomes, Case Keenum, David Piland) have played for Kingsbury. You know who else threw 88 times on Saturday? Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks in the NLCS clincher. Maybe Mahomes’ baseball background helped him manage the arm fatigue. His father, former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, did throw at least 88 pitches in 42 career games.
100: Mahomes’ total pass/run attempts against Oklahoma. Another FBS record and a stat that might never be topped. Mahomes threw 88 times and rushed 12 times. What’s easy to overlook about the physical toll of those 100 plays: how many times Mahomes had to scramble and run for his life to make some of those throws.
194: Pass attempts by Mahomes over his last three games. Yep, a whopping 194 attempts after suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder.Texas Tech ranks No. 2 nationally in pass attempts and second-last in rushing attempts over the past month.
377: Joe Mixon’s total yards against Texas Tech. Another ridiculous performance that should not be forgotten. With Samaje Perine out, Mixon got to start and shine with 263 rushing yards, 114 receiving yards and five TDs. He averaged 10.7 yards per touch and continues to be one of the best pass-catching backs in the game.
854: Total yards Oklahoma and Texas Tech each gained. A grand total of 1,708 yards gained…or, from a defensive coach’s perspective, 1,708 yards allowed. We may never see anything like it ever again.