Wide Receiver Jonathan Giles Has a Career Night as Texas Tech Beats Louisiana Tech
Texas Tech sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Giles had a career night, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a case for himself to be included in the latest batch of Heisman contenders as Texas Tech beat Louisiana Tech 59-45.
Mahomes went 26/36 passing for 470 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions. Giles was his most prolific target of the night, catching six receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns. According to Texas Tech, Saturday’s game was the first time Giles went over 100 receiving yards in a game.
Both teams held on to the ball for uncharacteristically long periods of time during their first drives to open the game.
Texas Tech took the opening kickoff on a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ate up the first 5:03 of the game. Demarcus Felton rushed for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead.
Louisiana Tech then responded with a 13-play, 77-yard drive that was capped off by a 20-yard field goal. The Bulldogs held on to the ball for 5:51.
However, after those two drives, both teams began putting the points up on the scoreboard at a much faster pace.
In the last 3:41 of the first quarter, Patrick Mahomes threw for two touchdown passes to Jonathan Giles. The first was for 64 yards, and the second for 36 yards.
Mahomes added two more touchdown passes in the second quarter, including a 42 yard score to Giles off a fake jet sweep, double flea flicker.
Toward the end of the second quarter, Texas Tech was up 35-10. However, a missed field goal for the Red Raiders let the Bulldogs sneak in a scoring drive right before the end of the half. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury later said he was disappointed in himself for his play-calling leading up to the field goal attempt.
At halftime, Texas Tech led 35-17. The Red Raider defense forced three, three-and-outs of the Bulldogs offense in the first half, allowing the Red Raiders to put up the 18-point lead.
In the third quarter, the Texas Tech offense kept scoring, putting up touchdowns after consecutive 11-play drives.
Those scores were needed, as the Texas Tech defense only stopped the Louisiana Tech offense once in the second half. The Bulldogs scored four touchdowns on their five second half drives.
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Texas Tech’s next game is Thursday, September 29 against Kansas at Jones AT&T Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Countdown to Kickoff with Rob Breaux can be heard from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on SportsRadio 1340 The Fan (1340 AM on the radio) or streaming online.