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Oklahoma-TTU was an all-time record-breaking shootout, and 25 more CFB things to know!

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Oklahoma beat Texas Tech, 66-59.

That alone isn’t all that surprising of a score, seeing as this is the defense-optional Big 12, these two teams have elite skill players, and stuff gets weird at night in Lubbock.

What is staggering is how these teams arrived at that total. There have been games with more points, but no game in the history of major college football has ever involved more yardage.


  • The most combined yardage in a Division I game, with 1,708 between both teams. THAT’S 52 YARDS SHY OF AN ENTIRE MILE. And this game might’ve broken the all-NCAA record (1,714 by Division III Hardin-Simmons and Sul Ross State in 2012) if OU hadn’t kneeled in a shotgun formation twice to end the game.
  • Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes set the NCAA individual record for total offense in a game, with 819 combined passing and rushing yards.
  • The most combined passing yardage in any NCAA game, with 1,279.
  • Tied the NCAA record for combined first downs in a game, with 78.
  • Mahomes tied Washington State’s Connor Halliday for the most individual passing yards in a Division I game, with 734 (NCAA record: 736 by Division III Eureka’s Sam Durley in 2012).
  • Mahomes obviously shattered TTU’s own record books. Also, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield set a school record for passing touchdowns in a game, with seven.
  • Mahomes set several Big 12 records as well, including most completions in a game (52), previously held by TTU’s Kliff Kingsbury, who’s now his head coach.
  • Mahomes and Mayfield set the FBS record for most combined offense by two players, with 1,383.

Also also, this was the second-most points ever in a game involving an AP-ranked team (Record: No. 9 West Virginia 70, No. 25 Baylor 63 in 2012).

Also also also:

Joe Mixon and Dede Westbrook: the rusher and receiver, respectively.

It’s as if OU and TTU took offense to Oregon-Cal having a higher Vegas over/under and decided to do something about it.

Oklahoma fans react:

The offensive explosion couldn't have come at a better time for the OU defense, who seemed to struggle mightily to slow down a one-dimensional offense for an entire half of football. In the end, the difference in the game may have been a recovered onside kick by Jarvis Baxter with 1:38 remaining. Had Texas Tech recovered the onside kick and gone down to score the tying touchdown, it's possible that the teams would still be playing even now. As it stands, though, Oklahoma managed to do just enough to outlast the Red Raiders and advance to 4-0 in conference play.

As do Red Raiders:

Whew, man.

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  1. Penn State shocked No. 2 Ohio State as a 20-point home underdog. Biggest win of the post-Paterno era, biggest win of James Franklin's entire career, and most memorable upset of the season so far. (Only thing: it might not matter. If OSU wins out, it could beat Michigan head-to-head and beat Penn State on three-way tiebreakers, then make the Playoff anyway.)
  2. Look at all this Penn State joy, from Franklin immediately dedicating the W to some family members who've suffered a recent tragedy to fans packing the streets hours later.
  3. No. 1 Alabama strutted past No. 6 Texas A&M, and it really wasn't as close as it looked for a while.
  4. Summing up the top ranked showdown of the weekend: one Bama defensive lineman had about as many highlights as Texas A&M did.
  5. Yeah, the Tide got a whopper of an officiating call in their favor.
  6. All you really need to know about No. 3 Michigan against Illinois: Jim Harbaugh ran a fake punt while up by 34 points.
  7. No. 7 Louisville toasted NC State. Just look at some Lamar Jackson highlights.
  8. No. 10 Wisconsin gritted out a gritty gritter against Iowa, but ... did Kirk Ferentz forget you can go for two points?
  9. Anyway, the trophy for this game is a bull that has literally been emasculated.
  10. No. 11 Houston got blown out by SMU, just a few months after Tom Herman used SMU as an example of a program with low ambitions.
  11. So, re: all that points carnage above, you know who held Texas Tech to only 17 points in Lubbock a week ago? No. 12 West Virginia, which is now 6-0 after dusting TCU.
  12. Thursday, No. 14 Boise State squeaked past BYU in a weird ending, because basically every BYU game has a weird ending.
  13. No. 21 Auburn cracked the can open on No. 17 Arkansas, winning by 53 and setting a new Razorbacks defensive record for rushing yards allowed.
  14. No. 19 Utah beat UCLA in a shootout, thanks to a school-record 332 rushing yards by a dude who was retired until like two weeks ago.
  15. No. 20 Western Michigan finally got challenged, and still beat a solid Eastern Michigan by 14 points.
  16. No. 24 Navy whooped Memphis, and, uh, is now the American's lone New Year's Six hope, unless total mayhem strikes. You saw that coming, right? Here's an interview with head coach Ken Niumatalolo on winning after losing one of the program's best players ever.
  17. Leonard Fournette broke No. 25 LSU's rushing record (284 yards) in his return to form, and what he did to this one defender for No. 23 Ole Miss ranks as one of his meanest deeds ever. LSU won, 38-21.
  18. Mike Leach said Arizona State was cheating, Todd Graham kind of called Leach "chickenshit," and Leach went Marshawn Lynch during the postgame presser. Got us a new Pac-12 rivalry, I guess!
  19. This record looks really, really bad for Charlie Strong, who lost to Kansas State.
  20. (Bill Snyder's record against Texas is now an incomprehensible 7-4.)
  21. My new favorite catch of the year: a Northwestern safety did an Odell, then let the crowd see he had to catch it one-handed, because his other hand is in a taped-up club.
  22. "A Michigan State linebacker took 3 personal fouls in 11 minutes and got thrown out for targeting." The Spartans are back, baby.
  23. Hey, here's Syracuse's QB hulking up and starting a little sideline brawl.
  24. The only thing you should know about UMass-South Carolina: the student section formed an impressively long towel chain in the stands.
  25. Yes, you'd like to watch 580 pounds' worth of Oklahoma State defensive lineman run the option on an INT return.