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QB Pat Mahomes keeps hot hand as Texas Tech destroys UTEP

Patrick Mahomes completed 18 of 33 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions against UTEP. Michael C. Johnson/USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech exploded again offensively in a 69-20 rout of UTEP. Here's more on Tech's easy victory in Lubbock over the Miners:

What the win means for Texas Tech: Behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Texas Tech offense is off to an awesome start with 17 touchdowns through two games. Next weekend at Arkansas, however, will determine whether this Red Raider offense is for real, and whether Tech can be a factor once Big 12 play begins. After a shaky performance in Week 1, the defense showed improvement against UTEP, which is a good sign.

What the loss means for UTEP: After suffering a pair of blowout losses, UTEP's schedule eases up the rest of the way. Still, it's difficult to see the Miners challenging Louisiana Tech and Rice for the Conference USA West Division crown unless they get standout running back Aaron Jones back in the lineup quickly. Jones left the game Saturday with an ankle sprain after rushing for 139 yards.

Player of the game: Mahomes is off to a tremendous start to his sophomore season. One week after earning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, Mahomes completed 18 of 33 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns; he also ran for another two scores. In his last five games dating back to last season Mahomes has thrown 22 touchdown passes.

Stat of the game: Texas Tech has put up 38 first-half points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2008. The Red Raiders scored 38 in the first half Saturday, and 42 the week before in a 59-45 win over Sam Houston State. The 69 points were also the most for Tech in a game since 2007.