There are a ton of games in college football history that are stellar, record-breaking contests that get lost in time, unless of course you happen to be a fan of the winning team. With so many one-sided performances that stand out, there are even fewer instances where two teams, and two iconic players, clash to give us one of the greatest football games ever.
On October 22, 2016, the No. 16 Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders met in Lubbock, Texas for a Big 12 night game on national television. Oklahoma, led by quarterback Baker Mayfield, entered the game as a 16-point favorite against junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Texas Tech. What transpired was a shootout that would break the Internet and set eight different NCAA records in the process.
Oklahoma outlasted Texas Tech to win the game 66-59, and both quarterbacks played games that were jaw-dropping good. Classic college football fans, and defensive coaches everywhere, probably hate the idea of two teams combining to score 125 points in a game, but this game had it all.
Two first half Texas Tech turnovers, and one Oklahoma drive that ended after a failed fourth-down conversion, saw the halftime score climb to 30-24 in favor of the Sooners. In the second half, you couldn’t have scripted a better offensive football game. Aside from Texas Tech’s three-and-out to start the half, and Oklahoma’s kneel down as time expired, every single second half possession ended with a touchdown.
Every. Single. One.
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, now taking the NFL by storm with the Kansas City Chiefs, completed 52-of-88 passes for 734 yards and five touchdowns passes, and tacked on 12 carries for 85 yards and two more rushing TDs to finish with a single-game FBS record 819 yards of total offense.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is the becoming the pride of the Cleveland Browns, was 27-of-36 for 545 yards and seven touchdown passes. Not to be outdone, wide receiver Dede Westbrook did his part by catching nine of those passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon also became one of only seven players in NCAA history to rush for over 200 yards (263) and have 100 or more yards receiving (114) in one game. He also scored five total TDs adding to the incredible record-breaking game on Saturday night.
Patrick Mahomes’ Records
Most Total Yards in One Game: 819
Most Passing Yards in One Game: 734 (tied the NCAA record)
Most Plays in One Game: 100 (88 passes, 12 rushes)
Most Pass Attempts in One Game: 88 (School record, 1 shy of NCAA record)
Baker Mayfield’s Records
Passing Touchdowns: 7 (School record)
Most Yards Per Play in a Single Game: 14.84
Single Game NCAA Records
Most Combined Yards by Two Teams: 1,708
Most Total Passing Yards by Opposing Players: 1,279
Most Total Yards by Opposing Players: 1,383
Most Yards Gained by a Losing Team: 854
While the game didn’t break the NCAA record for combined points in one game, set later that year in fact when Pitt beat Syracuse 76-61, it featured two of college football’s elite quarterbacks setting the standard for what it means to play a great football game.
While head coaches Bob Stoops and Kliff Kingsbury had more defensive film to dissect on Sunday morning, I’m sure this is one game that they’ll never forget coaching.
Oklahoma versus Texas Tech will live on as a preview of what figures to be two interesting, and potentially legendary, careers in the NFL for Mayfield and Mahomes.