Remembering when Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield had an epic college football shootout
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Cleveland Browns in an AFC divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.
The teams' quarterbacks — Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield — have met before, producing an unforgettably prolific passing performance.
We're not talking about the 2018 Week 9 matchup between the rookie Mayfield and Mahomes in his first season as a full-time starter, in which Mahomes threw for 375 yards and Mayfield nearly had 300 yards of his own as the Chiefs won 37-21. That's the only time the two had met previously in an NFL game.
We're going back to their college careers and the magical evening of Oct. 22, 2016, when Mayfield out-dueled Mahomes in a record-shattering night of football in Lubbock, Texas.
Here are some mind-blowing facts from that epic game, won by No. 16 Oklahoma, 66-59:
♦ The two teams combined for 1,708 yards of total offense, setting an FBS record. It surpassed the 1,640 yards gained by Nevada and San Jose State in 2001. Oddly enough, Oklahoma and Texas Tech finished with the same number of total yards, 854.
♦ The 125 combined points were the second-most in a game involving a ranked team. The record is the 133 points scored when No. 7 West Virginia defeated No. 24 Baylor, 70-63, on Sept. 29, 2012. (Aforementioned rankings based on Amway Coaches Poll of Sept. 23, 2012).
♦ Mahomes was stellar via the forward pass and running game, setting an FBS record with 819 total yards, and tying the single-game record for passing yards (734, matching Washington State's Connor Halliday). Mahomes scored seven total touchdowns, five via the pass.
Patrick Mahomes rushed for two touchdowns against Oklahoma in 2016. (Photo: Michael C. Johnson, USA TODAY Sports)
♦ With seven touchdown passes, Mayfield broke the Sooners' record of six set by Landry Jones. Mayfield finished the game with 545 yards passing, which put the combined total for the two quarterbacks at 1,279 yards.
♦ With Oklahoma leading 30-24 at halftime, Mayfield had a message for some of his Sooners teammates: "I told some of the guys at halftime, 'If you're scared and you don't want to score every drive, then stay in here." Oklahoma then scored on five of their six second-half possessions, with the only drive not resulting in a score being when the Sooners ran out the clock in the fourth quarter.
♦ Some future NFL players had huge games. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon — a second-round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL draft — had 377 total yards (263 rush, 114 receiving) and five touchdowns (two rush, three receiving). Future Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Dede Westbrook had 202 yards and two touchdowns receiving for Oklahoma. Future Houston Texans receiver Keke Coutee had 172 yards and a touchdown receiving for Texas Tech.
NFL fans can only hope for a game with that level of excitement Sunday when the reigning Super Bowl champions host a Browns team coming off its first playoff win in 26 years.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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