The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.09.07

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Kingsbury tried.

Basketball

Hell yeah. As an aside, the no-look pass is Daniel Batcho as is the second tweet with the crossover from the top of the key.

Football

Kansas City Star’s Pete Grathoff writes that Kliff Kingsbury thought that Patrick Mahomes had received a 2nd or 3rd round grade and tried to get Mahomes to come back to Texas Tech:

“The NFL telling him he’s just gonna go second round or later, so I tried to convince him to come back to school,” Kingsbury said of Mahomes.

Alas, Mahomes and his agents had a good feeling he’d hear his name well before the second round. That meant Kingsbury played the role of Larry David in attempting to get Mahomes back to Lubbock, Texas.

“It was like ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ I think they knew something. … I appreciate them giving me the opportunity, but it was a foregone conclusion,” Kingsbury said. “So I did my best.”

Houston Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte writes that Houston needs to clean things up before facing Texas Tech:

“There were a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” said quarterback Clayton Tune, who flipped into the end zone for the game-winning 2-point conversion as the Cougars avoided the upset, 37-35. “We watched the film and learned from it. We know what we need to work on.”

Some of that, Holgorsen said, was a product of Tune being uneasy in the pocket for three quarters as UTSA kept the pressure on an offensive line that struggled in pass protection (four sacks). UH played most of the game without top tailback Ta’Zhawn Henry, who was limited to eight carries with an ankle injury that forced an extended look of USC transfer Brandon Campbell and Stacey Sneed. Crowd noise created problems as the Cougars were flagged for false starts six times.

ESPN’s Bill Connelly updates his SP+ numbers with Texas Tech moving up 13 spots from 49th to 36th, while Houston moved down from 32nd to 46th.

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