The Baylor slide continued with a fifth straight loss on Friday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to a suddenly competent Texas Tech team. We say suddenly because the Red Raiders spent last week making Iowa State look like a playoff team.
Who knows what it all means, but here's what we saw...
Guess who owns the record book?
For all of Texas Tech's issues winning football games, Patrick Mahomes hasn't had any issues putting up video game numbers. He's one of only three men to have multiple 5,000 yard season of total offense, the other two? Graham Harrell and Case Keenum. Mahomes scorched the Bears for 586 yards and 6 touchdowns.
What the hell happened?
Baylor started 6-0 and was ranked in the top 10. Now the Bears sit at 6-5 having been blown out in four straight. For his part, interim coach Jim Grobe sensed something rotten in Waco heading into the current skid, "when we were 6-0, I didn't feel comfortable going into the last half of the season," Grobe said. "Because I knew we had a lot of things going on and swirling around outside the program that could affect us." He was right. Baylor is a hot mess right now and the Bears can't wait to put 2016 behind them. We wonder if they'll accept a bowl bid at this point.
Defense was optional.
The two teams combined for 1,300 yards of total offense and 89 points in a glorified game of seven on seven. Baylor quarterback Zach Smith actually put up the same number of completions and attempts as Mahomes, 30 of 46 but for over 200 yards less than his counterpart. Baylor's four turnovers doomed the Bears' efforts to stay close to Tech. Tech's Keke Coutee did the most damage with 221 yards receiving on just 8 receptions with 2 touchdowns. Receivers ran free like gazelles in the Serengeti if the Serengeti also had Gene Jones art collection.