The senior returned from his ACL tear and had a solid game for SMU. Granted, Greenbauer got torched in the first quarter by Bryce Petty, but recovered to have a nice game. Greenbauer grabbed an interception in the second half on a good read, but also thanks to a floated pass. On a couple other plays, Greenbauer nearly had two more interceptions on the night. Greenbauer finished with tackles.
2. Redzone defense
The SMU defense forced Baylor to kick three field goals, but they only connected on one. The SMU defense was put in some really tough spots early in the game by miscues on offense and special teams. SMU’s defense has to be happy holding Baylor’s offense to a reasonable day.
SMU didn’t appear to sustain any injuries in this game against a much better Baylor team. That will help since SMU has to face North Texas this coming week, who will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after their rough outing against Texas.
SMU had enough lapses early to let Baylor build a 24-point first quarter lead. A fumble by Stephen Nelson really hurt SMU early. Matt Davis’ scrambling antics cost him plenty of yards, and an interception. The dual-threat ended up doing more harm than good from scrambling around and although he looked more confident than Burcham, he made plenty of mistakes. SMU also gave up a big punt return early that gave Baylor great field position.
2. Offensive Line
It was a swinging door for Baylor to rush the passer and the big guys up front couldn’t do anything for the running game as well. The quarterbacks were under pressure all night and couldn’t even set up to throw. Couple that with a lack of a running game and SMU was inept offensively.
3. Running Game
There was a lack of a running game from SMU tonight, aside from Davis’ running around his own backfield. SMU’s leading rusher, Prescott Line, had 18 yards on four carries, while starter Kevin Pope had nine yards on six carries. After all the sacks by Baylor, SMU totaled negative 24 yards rushing. Terrible night for SMU in the running game and overall offensively.