The Big 12’s best shot at the Heisman went down with what appears to be a shoulder injury against Kansas on Thursday night.
With 7:22 left in the third quarter, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes took off for 32 yards down the sideline, but instead of sliding at the first sign of possible contact, he fought for extra yards and landed hard on his shoulder when eventually brought down by Kansas DE Isaiah Bean
The way Mahomes lands on his shoulder is reminiscent of the way Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke his collarbone against Carolina in 2015.
However, there is no official word on any specifics to Mahomes’ injury, or how bad it may be.
After the injury, Mahomes attempted to fight through the pain on the sideline, but after attempting a warm up pass, he shook his head and headed to the locker room.
After the game coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t offer any details, but seemed optimistic that his star quarterback wasn’t too seriously dinged up.
“We’ll see. Sounds like he should be OK, but we’ve got to go get him check out,” Kliff said in a post game radio interview.
Coach Kingsbury was asked why he didn’t think the injury was too bad.
“Because I didn’t see the trainer jump off the side of the stadium.”
Despite just playing a little over a half, Mahomes managed to still put up the numbers we are accustomed to seeing from him. He finished the day 27 of 34 for 277 yards and four touchdowns, but did give up one pick.
Mahomes replacement, junior QB Nic Shimonek, picked up right where Mahomes left off, which has to be a little encouraging for Red Raider Nation. Shimonek put the Jayhawks away with 271 yards and four touchdowns of his own on just 15 passes.