LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for five touchdowns, three to Johnathan Giles, and ran for another to lead Texas Tech past Louisiana Tech 59-45 on Saturday night.
Giles finished with six catches for 186 yards.
Mahomes threw touchdown passes of 64, 36, 9, 42 and 4. The junior, who came into the game leading the nation in total offense, completed 26 of 36 passes for 470 yards.
Demarcus Felton rushed for 123 yards on 16 carries and had two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs fell behind 35-10 and couldn't quell the Red Raiders up-tempo offense enough to pull off a comeback. They got within 11 points twice.
The Red Raiders (2-1) didn't punt through three quarters and scored on six of their first seven possessions.
Jarred Craft had 151 yards on 21 carries and Trent Taylor caught six passes for 166 yards for the Bulldogs (1-2).
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs' defense came into the game giving up just 295 total yards per game to rank 31st in the nation. Texas Tech moved the ball at will and had almost 100 yards more of offense than that (392), and led 35-17 at halftime.
TEXAS TECH: Texas Tech, ranked 117th in total defense coming into the game, showed improvement. The Bulldogs tallied 572 total yards, fewer than the 652 the Red Raiders gave up in their 68-55 loss at Arizona State last week.
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs continue their road games when they travel to Middle Tennessee.
TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders have a bye next week before hosting Kansas on Sept. 29. It will be the first Thursday night home game for Texas Tech since beating then-No. 24 TCU 20-10 on Sept. 12, 2013, Kliff Kingsbury's first season with the Red Raiders.