5 Post Game Thoughts: West Virginia 48, Texas Tech 17

1. Mahomes doesn’t look right. I don’t know what the answer is, and I’m glad I don’t have to make the decision, but I wonder if he’s healthy enough to play right now. Should Shimonek get some reps to let Mahomes fully heal? This would’ve been the week to do it with OU looming. Of course, Mahomes would probably look better with a bit more dependable pass protection.

(I wrote all that before Shimonek came in with about 10 minutes left in the game)

2. Well, let’s talk about Shimonek. He played very well and was put in a really tough position but somehow ended up with a touchdown pass. As some of you have pointed out around here, he does a better job of quickly releasing the ball and can hurt defenses with those quick reads.

3. We saw what happens last week when our offense can’t get it rolling, and this was a really bad sequel. TTU was held to 7 points in the first half and only added 10 in the second. The drive summary for the game says it all:

Punt after 3 and out
Punt after 3 and out
Punt after 4 plays
Turnover on Downs
Field Goal
Fake punt??
End of Game

4. The defense played about as well as could be expected from what we’ve seen so far. Holding WVU to a three-and-out and a missed field goal on their first two drives was a gift that the offense left under the tree. There were some great plays (batting down a pass on 3rd and 5 to force a field goal) and some not-so-great plays (allowing a QB scramble for a first down on 3rd & 8). WVU ended the game with zero turnovers.

5. I don’t know where to start with the penalties. Tech started with 4 in the first half and ended with 10. Out of those 10, all but 2 were on the offense and they included personal fouls, unneccesary roughness, targeting, and late hits. Although I can understand the frustration, this just is not what you want to see and Kingsbury should make that point very clear in the following week.

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