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No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s new stadium opened to rave reviews. The 10th-ranked Bears looked pretty good, too.

Bryce Petty accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and Baylor’s smothering defense had eight sacks in a 45-0 victory over SMU at sparkling McLane Stadium along the Brazos River.

“That’s what it has been all about … just unveiling the stadium and the atmosphere,” coach Art Briles said. “There were some distractions. I don’t think I have ever coached in a bigger game.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. After Sunday’s statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff, the Washington Redskins quarterback was on the field before the game. He gave the invocation and took part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Once the game got started, Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on Baylor’s first offensive drive. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that made it 31-0.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” Briles said.

Along with Petty getting hurt, top receiver Antwan Goodley did not play after the first quarter because of a tight quad that also bothered him during fall camp. He didn’t have a catch for the first time in 18 games.

Briles said he hopes the situation for Petty and Goodley is day to day. The Bears have a short week before playing their second game at home Saturday night against Northwestern State.

SMU (0-1) was held to 67 total yards, its fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008. The Mustangs were shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries, including all those sacks.

Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Petty had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again going into the end zone and was slow getting up, but played two more series.

“Putting those headphones on (after halftime) brought back bad memories,” said Petty, who finally started last season as a fourth-year junior. “At the same time, you have to know yourself, you have to know your limits.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s new stadium opened to rave reviews. The 10th-ranked Bears looked pretty good, too.

Bryce Petty accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and Baylor’s smothering defense had eight sacks in a 45-0 victory over SMU at sparkling McLane Stadium along the Brazos River.

“That’s what it has been all about … just unveiling the stadium and the atmosphere,” coach Art Briles said. “There were some distractions. I don’t think I have ever coached in a bigger game.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. After Sunday’s statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff, the Washington Redskins quarterback was on the field before the game. He gave the invocation and took part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Once the game got started, Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on Baylor’s first offensive drive. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that made it 31-0.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” Briles said.

Along with Petty getting hurt, top receiver Antwan Goodley did not play after the first quarter because of a tight quad that also bothered him during fall camp. He didn’t have a catch for the first time in 18 games.

Briles said he hopes the situation for Petty and Goodley is day to day. The Bears have a short week before playing their second game at home Saturday night against Northwestern State.

SMU (0-1) was held to 67 total yards, its fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008. The Mustangs were shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries, including all those sacks.

Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Petty had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again going into the end zone and was slow getting up, but played two more series.

“Putting those headphones on (after halftime) brought back bad memories,” said Petty, who finally started last season as a fourth-year junior. “At the same time, you have to know yourself, you have to know your limits.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s new stadium opened to rave reviews. The 10th-ranked Bears looked pretty good, too.

Bryce Petty accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and Baylor’s smothering defense had eight sacks in a 45-0 victory over SMU at sparkling McLane Stadium along the Brazos River.

“That’s what it has been all about … just unveiling the stadium and the atmosphere,” coach Art Briles said. “There were some distractions. I don’t think I have ever coached in a bigger game.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. After Sunday’s statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff, the Washington Redskins quarterback was on the field before the game. He gave the invocation and took part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Once the game got started, Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on Baylor’s first offensive drive. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that made it 31-0.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” Briles said.

Along with Petty getting hurt, top receiver Antwan Goodley did not play after the first quarter because of a tight quad that also bothered him during fall camp. He didn’t have a catch for the first time in 18 games.

Briles said he hopes the situation for Petty and Goodley is day to day. The Bears have a short week before playing their second game at home Saturday night against Northwestern State.

SMU (0-1) was held to 67 total yards, its fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008. The Mustangs were shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries, including all those sacks.

Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Petty had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again going into the end zone and was slow getting up, but played two more series.

“Putting those headphones on (after halftime) brought back bad memories,” said Petty, who finally started last season as a fourth-year junior. “At the same time, you have to know yourself, you have to know your limits.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s new stadium opened to rave reviews. The 10th-ranked Bears looked pretty good, too.

Bryce Petty accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and Baylor’s smothering defense had eight sacks in a 45-0 victory over SMU at sparkling McLane Stadium along the Brazos River.

“That’s what it has been all about … just unveiling the stadium and the atmosphere,” coach Art Briles said. “There were some distractions. I don’t think I have ever coached in a bigger game.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. After Sunday’s statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff, the Washington Redskins quarterback was on the field before the game. He gave the invocation and took part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Once the game got started, Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on Baylor’s first offensive drive. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that made it 31-0.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” Briles said.

Along with Petty getting hurt, top receiver Antwan Goodley did not play after the first quarter because of a tight quad that also bothered him during fall camp. He didn’t have a catch for the first time in 18 games.

Briles said he hopes the situation for Petty and Goodley is day to day. The Bears have a short week before playing their second game at home Saturday night against Northwestern State.

SMU (0-1) was held to 67 total yards, its fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008. The Mustangs were shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries, including all those sacks.

Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Petty had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again going into the end zone and was slow getting up, but played two more series.

“Putting those headphones on (after halftime) brought back bad memories,” said Petty, who finally started last season as a fourth-year junior. “At the same time, you have to know yourself, you have to know your limits.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s new stadium opened to rave reviews. The 10th-ranked Bears looked pretty good, too.

Bryce Petty accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and Baylor’s smothering defense had eight sacks in a 45-0 victory over SMU at sparkling McLane Stadium along the Brazos River.

“That’s what it has been all about … just unveiling the stadium and the atmosphere,” coach Art Briles said. “There were some distractions. I don’t think I have ever coached in a bigger game.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. After Sunday’s statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff, the Washington Redskins quarterback was on the field before the game. He gave the invocation and took part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Once the game got started, Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on Baylor’s first offensive drive. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that made it 31-0.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” Briles said.

Along with Petty getting hurt, top receiver Antwan Goodley did not play after the first quarter because of a tight quad that also bothered him during fall camp. He didn’t have a catch for the first time in 18 games.

Briles said he hopes the situation for Petty and Goodley is day to day. The Bears have a short week before playing their second game at home Saturday night against Northwestern State.

SMU (0-1) was held to 67 total yards, its fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008. The Mustangs were shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries, including all those sacks.

Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Petty had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again going into the end zone and was slow getting up, but played two more series.

“Putting those headphones on (after halftime) brought back bad memories,” said Petty, who finally started last season as a fourth-year junior. “At the same time, you have to know yourself, you have to know your limits.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s new stadium opened to rave reviews. The 10th-ranked Bears looked pretty good, too.

Bryce Petty accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and Baylor’s smothering defense had eight sacks in a 45-0 victory over SMU at sparkling McLane Stadium along the Brazos River.

“That’s what it has been all about … just unveiling the stadium and the atmosphere,” coach Art Briles said. “There were some distractions. I don’t think I have ever coached in a bigger game.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. After Sunday’s statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff, the Washington Redskins quarterback was on the field before the game. He gave the invocation and took part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Once the game got started, Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on Baylor’s first offensive drive. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that made it 31-0.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” Briles said.

Along with Petty getting hurt, top receiver Antwan Goodley did not play after the first quarter because of a tight quad that also bothered him during fall camp. He didn’t have a catch for the first time in 18 games.

Briles said he hopes the situation for Petty and Goodley is day to day. The Bears have a short week before playing their second game at home Saturday night against Northwestern State.

SMU (0-1) was held to 67 total yards, its fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008. The Mustangs were shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries, including all those sacks.

Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Petty had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again going into the end zone and was slow getting up, but played two more series.

“Putting those headphones on (after halftime) brought back bad memories,” said Petty, who finally started last season as a fourth-year junior. “At the same time, you have to know yourself, you have to know your limits.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s new stadium opened to rave reviews. The 10th-ranked Bears looked pretty good, too.

Bryce Petty accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and Baylor’s smothering defense had eight sacks in a 45-0 victory over SMU at sparkling McLane Stadium along the Brazos River.

“That’s what it has been all about … just unveiling the stadium and the atmosphere,” coach Art Briles said. “There were some distractions. I don’t think I have ever coached in a bigger game.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. After Sunday’s statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff, the Washington Redskins quarterback was on the field before the game. He gave the invocation and took part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Once the game got started, Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on Baylor’s first offensive drive. The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that made it 31-0.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” Briles said.

Along with Petty getting hurt, top receiver Antwan Goodley did not play after the first quarter because of a tight quad that also bothered him during fall camp. He didn’t have a catch for the first time in 18 games.

Briles said he hopes the situation for Petty and Goodley is day to day. The Bears have a short week before playing their second game at home Saturday night against Northwestern State.

SMU (0-1) was held to 67 total yards, its fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008. The Mustangs were shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries, including all those sacks.

Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Petty had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again going into the end zone and was slow getting up, but played two more series.

“Putting those headphones on (after halftime) brought back bad memories,” said Petty, who finally started last season as a fourth-year junior. “At the same time, you have to know yourself, you have to know your limits.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor’s first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium.

The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays the rest of the first half.

Petty still managed to have a big impact in the impressive debut of McLane Stadium, accounting for three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over SMU on Sunday night. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that put the Bears (1-0) up 31-0 by halftime.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” coach Art Briles said.

The way their defense played, the Big 12 champion Bears really didn’t need that much offense anyway.

SMU’s three quarterbacks were sacked a combined eight times. The Mustangs (0-1) were held to 67 total yards, their fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008, and shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly but we did not do what we needed to do to win,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. The Washington Redskins quarterback took part in the statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff and was also on the field before the game, giving the invocation and taking part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Baylor led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Baylor’s first short drive came after Bryce Hager forced a fumble that was recovered by Aiavion Edwards at the Mustangs 6. Shock Linwood scored on a 4-yard run.

SMU then went three-and-out before Linwood’s return set up Petty’s 3-yard TD pass to tight end Tre’von Armstead.

Petty threw a 46-yard TD to freshman KD Cannon, wide open behind the secondary, after SMU’s incomplete pass on a fourth-and-13 play.

The Mustangs turned it over in their own territory again when Matt Davis, after scrambling out of the grasp of a defender, tried to throw across the field while running away from another one. He threw into a crowd and was intercepted by Xavien Howard.

Petty then had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again in the side going into the end zone and was slow getting up, though he played two more series after that.

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries – including all the sacks.

“I had planned on playing two quarterbacks. I knew it was a limited package for Matt as to what he wanted to do,” Jones said. “When our protection broke down I could tell that he was not sure of what he was doing. He didn’t have a chance. He was fighting, scrambling trying to get away.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor’s first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium.

The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays the rest of the first half.

Petty still managed to have a big impact in the impressive debut of McLane Stadium, accounting for three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over SMU on Sunday night. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that put the Bears (1-0) up 31-0 by halftime.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” coach Art Briles said.

The way their defense played, the Big 12 champion Bears really didn’t need that much offense anyway.

SMU’s three quarterbacks were sacked a combined eight times. The Mustangs (0-1) were held to 67 total yards, their fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008, and shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly but we did not do what we needed to do to win,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. The Washington Redskins quarterback took part in the statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff and was also on the field before the game, giving the invocation and taking part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Baylor led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Baylor’s first short drive came after Bryce Hager forced a fumble that was recovered by Aiavion Edwards at the Mustangs 6. Shock Linwood scored on a 4-yard run.

SMU then went three-and-out before Linwood’s return set up Petty’s 3-yard TD pass to tight end Tre’von Armstead.

Petty threw a 46-yard TD to freshman KD Cannon, wide open behind the secondary, after SMU’s incomplete pass on a fourth-and-13 play.

The Mustangs turned it over in their own territory again when Matt Davis, after scrambling out of the grasp of a defender, tried to throw across the field while running away from another one. He threw into a crowd and was intercepted by Xavien Howard.

Petty then had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again in the side going into the end zone and was slow getting up, though he played two more series after that.

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries – including all the sacks.

“I had planned on playing two quarterbacks. I knew it was a limited package for Matt as to what he wanted to do,” Jones said. “When our protection broke down I could tell that he was not sure of what he was doing. He didn’t have a chance. He was fighting, scrambling trying to get away.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

KDWN

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor’s first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium.

The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year then moved gingerly at times, often grabbing at his back and side between plays the rest of the first half.

Petty still managed to have a big impact in the impressive debut of McLane Stadium, accounting for three touchdowns in a 45-0 victory over SMU on Sunday night. He did not play in the second half.

“It’s nothing that serious. Everything’s good,” Petty insisted afterward. “I’m already feeling a lot better.”

While he missed on a couple of passes he would usually complete, Petty was 13 of 23 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score that put the Bears (1-0) up 31-0 by halftime.

“He had a couple of throws – he had guys in space and missed them. We knew something was wrong, that’s not Bryce at all,” coach Art Briles said.

The way their defense played, the Big 12 champion Bears really didn’t need that much offense anyway.

SMU’s three quarterbacks were sacked a combined eight times. The Mustangs (0-1) were held to 67 total yards, their fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008, and shut out for the second time in their last three games.

“What allowed the game to be won tonight, the way we dominated defensively,” Briles said.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

“We scripted a lot of things to get the ball out quickly but we did not do what we needed to do to win,” Jones said. “It’s hard for a quarterback to step back and throw anything when he doesn’t have time.”

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. The Washington Redskins quarterback and Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner took part in the statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff and was also on the field before the game, giving the invocation and taking part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Baylor led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

Baylor’s first short drive came after Bryce Hager forced a fumble that was recovered by Aiavion Edwards at the Mustangs 6. Shock Linwood scored on a 4-yard run.

SMU then went three-and-out before Linwood’s return set up Petty’s 3-yard TD pass to tight end Tre’von Armstead.

Petty threw a 46-yard TD to freshman KD Cannon, wide open behind the secondary, after SMU’s incomplete pass on a fourth-and-13 play.

The Mustangs turned it over in their own territory again when Matt Davis, after scrambling out of the grasp of a defender, tried to throw across the field while running away from another one. He threw into a crowd and was intercepted by Xavien Howard.

Petty then had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again in the side going into the end zone and was slow getting up, though he played two more series after that.

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries – including all the sacks.

“I had planned on playing two quarterbacks. I knew it was a limited package for Matt as to what he wanted to do,” Jones said. “When our protection broke down I could tell that he was not sure of what he was doing. He didn’t have a chance. He was fighting, scrambling trying to get away.”

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty and No. 10 Baylor had a nice housewarming party at their new riverfront campus stadium Sunday night, even though the quarterback was clearly not feeling his best.

Petty threw for 161 yards and accounted for three touchdowns while playing the first half of the Bears’ 45-0 victory over former Southwest Conference rival SMU.

Petty, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year, was held out in the second half because of a bruise to his lower back. He moved gingerly at times and often grabbed as his lower back and side between plays after taking an early shot.

Big 12 champion Baylor (1-0) led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.

SMU’s three quarterbacks were sacked a combined eight times. The Mustangs (0-1) were held to 67 total yards, their fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008, and shut out for the second time in their last three games.

Jones’ predecessor at SMU was Phil Bennett, who is in his fourth season as Baylor’s defensive coordinator.

On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.

Griffin was on hand for the Bears’ first game on campus since 1935. The Washington Redskins quarterback and Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner took part in the statue dedication more than three hours before kickoff and was also on the field before the game, giving the invocation and taking part in the opening coin toss with former President George W. Bush.

Baylor’s first short drive came after Bryce Hager forced a fumble that was recovered by Aiavion Edwards at the Mustangs 6. Shock Linwood scored on a 4-yard run.

SMU then went three-and-out before Linwood’s return set up Petty’s 3-yard TD pass to tight end Tre’von Armstead.

Petty threw a 46-yard TD to freshman KD Cannon, wide open behind the secondary, after SMU’s incomplete pass on a fourth-and-13 play.

The Mustangs turned it over in their own territory again when Matt Davis, after scrambling out of the grasp of a defender, tried to throw across the field while running away from another one. He threw into a crowd and was intercepted by Xavien Howard.

Petty then had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Jay Lee before his 5-yard TD run made it 31-0. Petty got hit again in the side going into the end zone and was slow getting up.

The Mustangs completed 21 of 39 passes for only 91 yards, also a low for Jones at SMU. The trio of quarterbacks – starter Neal Burcham, Davis and redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel – had minus-58 yards rushing on 10 carries – including all the sacks.