Patrick Mahomes leads Texas Tech to road win over Arkansas

Texas Tech dispatches Arkansas (1:04)

Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes throws for 243 yards and rushes for two touchdowns in Texas Tech's 35-24 victory over Arkansas. (1:04)

Despite being a double-digit underdog, Texas Tech went into Fayetteville, Arkansas, and came out with a 35-24 win over the Razorbacks. Here's a look at the high points:

What the win means for Texas Tech: This is a big win for the Red Raiders, who improve to 3-0 after going just 4-8 last season. This is a quality victory -- a road win over an SEC team -- and an upset. It's also a little bit of redemption for coach Kliff Kingsbury and Co. after the Hogs ran roughshod over the Red Raiders in Lubbock 49-28 last season. Texas Tech has two huge games in the next two weeks against top-five opponents TCU and Baylor and this win will give the Red Raiders plenty of confidence going into that tough Texas two-step.

What the loss means for Arkansas: After coming into the season with heightened expectations and tremendous buzz based on how they finished 2014, the Razorbacks season is unraveling before our eyes. They're 1-2 with both losses coming in their home state (last week to Toledo in Little Rock, Saturday to Texas Tech in Fayetteville) and things don't get any easier with a meeting against Texas A&M pending next week at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Many thought this Razorback squad would move up the SEC West standings, some even thought them to be a dark horse to win the division. The Hogs don't have a conference loss, so those things are still within the realm of possibility, but after being defeated the way they have the last two weeks, they seem extremely far-fetched.

Player of the game: Sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes II had a terrific night. He gave the Razorbacks defense all types of headaches with his dual-threat ability, completing 26 of 30 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 58 yards and two more touchdowns. He connected with seven different receivers, showed poise despite throwing two interceptions and kept the chains moving with good decisions and a great command of Kingsbury's offense.

Unsung hero: Statistically, it's not a game a defensive coordinator would gloat about, but David Gibbs deserves some kudos for this one. These same two teams met a year ago in Lubbock and the Razorbacks had their way with Texas Tech, rushing for a whopping 438 yards and finishing with 499 while putting 49 points on the board. Fast forward a year and the Red Raiders' new defensive boss oversaw a unit that did give up some yards (Arkansas rushed for 228) but it was a significant improvement over a year ago and the most important number was in the points column: 24, fewer than half of what Arkansas scored last time around.