The Baylor Bears dominated the SMU Mustangs 45-0 to open the season with a nice win. The Bears dominated Sunday throughout some points of the game, while looking sloppy on others. In the first quarter, they put up 24 points, but a lot of the momentum should be credited to the defense and special teams.
On a night when the Bears dedicated a statue to their Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, and opened McLane Stadium, the Big 12 champions expected to produce a lot of fireworks. However, Bryce Petty had an okay game to open the season. He was not needed to be at his best, but it was fairly disappointing to see the Bears disconnection on the deep ball.
Petty finished the game passing 13-23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns, but he could have had four or five with better accuracy. Most of his issues could be blamed on a first quarter hit that he sustained. He did finish off the half with another touchdown run to put the Bears up 31-0 and that effectively ended the game for SMU.
If Baylor expects to be a national championship contender, they have to clean up their game completely. The Bears committed 11 penalties for 96 yards. It didn’t matter during week one, but this will be a problem once Big 12 play starts.
Baylor’s defense was straight up dominating on all fronts Sunday night. SMU had 25 rushes for -24 yards. Those numbers included eight Baylor sacks. It only got worse from there. The Mustangs are known for their passing game, yet completed 21-39 passes for only 91 yards. That amounts to 67 total yards for the game.
Coming into the game, Baylor’s defense was the unit under heavy scrutiny, but so far, so good. The new defensive backs played well, and tackled every receiver on the spot. If SMU was hoping for big plays with the quick passing game, they were out of luck from the opening possession. The pressure from the front seven was too much for the quarterbacks to handle.
Shock Linwood carried the ball 16 times for 80 yards and one touchdown run. As a team, the Bears rushed 50 times for 261 yards, but there weren’t any huge touchdown runs.