CAN TEXAS TECH STOP THE RUSH?: Texas Tech allowed about 260 yards rushing per game last season to finish near the bottom nationally.

Sam Houston converts another 3rd and long (11) to continue a drive and Tech’s D gives up another TD last in the 2nd half to make the score 35-31.

After exchanging punts, Tech scored on a 3 play, 0:13 drive when Mahomes connected with Lauderdale for 64 yards to put Tech up 14-7. Late scores by the Bearkats, closed the gap, but Texas Tech had a 28 point lead, 59-31 after three quarters. The Red Raiders hope a more experienced defense will better support their high-flying offense that averaged 504.1 yards and 30.5 points.

Keeler said he didn’t think the Red Raiders did anything different to hold the Bearkats scoreless in the third quarter. The Bearkats had their way with Gibbs’ defense once more punching it in for another score behind a one yard touchdown run from Sam Houston State’s Donovan Williams. The first two quarters took more than two hours to complete.

In the first half, Mahomes went 24/32 passing for 322 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. In what felt like two heavyweights going back and forth, Tech answered with a Mahomes to Sadler 53 yard touchdown pass, where Sadler used the mid-field umpire as an unintentional pick to get separation from the corner.

The main way Sam Houston State will attack the Red Raiders is with their potent ground game.

Following kick-off Jakeem Grant took it to the house with a 94-yard kick-off return to extend the Red Raiders lead to 28-17. The Red Raiders return their leading receiver (Jakeem Grant), leading rusher (DeAndre Washington) and four starters on the offensive line.

The one star on the Sam Houston State defense is sophomore defensive end P.J. Hall.

But on the ensuing drive, Mahomes went deep to Devin Lauderdale once more and cashed in with a 29-yard touchdown pass. Mahomes led the scoring drive in 38 seconds.

There are a handful of former FBS players at the skill positions for the Bearkats, including former Texas Tech wide receiver Derreck Edwards.

Sam Houston has an open date next Saturday then plays host to Lamar on September 19 at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.

After a fourth down conversion attempt by the Kats was stopped inches short, Texas Tech drove 42 yards in nine plays for a 27-yard field goal by Michael Barden.

Ohio State transfer linebacker Mike Mitchell recovered a fumble in the third quarter and Gaines got one in the fourth. The final touchdown of the half was another Mahomes to Lauderdale connection, this time for 29 yards, with 14 seconds left. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.