Rapid Reaction: SMU vs. Baylor

Billy has your rapid reaction to SMU's loss to Baylor tonight at Ford Stadium.

How it Happened

SMU and Baylor made it interesting for the first half and into the second before Baylor pulled away for the win. SMU came out swinging with their first play by hitting Courtland Sutton for 46 yards on play No. 1 of the Chad Morris era for the touchdown. That touchdown answered Baylor's four-play opening drive for a touchdown.

From there, the teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter until Baylor led 21-14. Then Baylor used a 36-yard KD Cannon touchdown to build a 28-14 lead. That's when SMU's defense shut down Baylor for the second quarter and allowed the offense to close the gap to seven points. SMU got the ball back with over two minutes left, but came away with nothing after Matt Davis was sacked and the time expired. That killed SMU's momentum and eventually, their shot at winning the game.

In the second half, SMU mustered just 114 yards. Baylor meanwhile got back on track and rolled up the score to the tune of 56-21. Baylor got scores from 41 yards out and 22 yards out to receiver Jay Lee to build the lead to 42-21. SMU didn't score in the second half. Matt Davis went down with cramps and that really took the wind out of SMU's sails in the second half. SMU never recovered from the sack and that, which really hurt them.

What it Means

SMU couldn't have asked for more from their team. Before the teams took the field, SMU wasn't given a shot. While the team still lost, SMU fans are talking about "what ifs." What if Matt Davis hadn't been sacked at the end of the first half? What if Xavier Castille hadn't stepped out before catching a key third down pass? What if SMU hadn't false started on 3rd and 1? The list goes on, but those are correctable and fixable errors.

SMU heads into next week with some confidence knowing that their offense can perform, but it has to capitalize on opportunities and play a complete game.

Player of the Game

Courtland Sutton: Sutton was an absolute bear for Baylor to cover. SMU couldn't target him enough in the second as Baylor was able to neutralize him, but Sutton had three catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

Side Note

After allowing 273 yards in the first quarter, SMU's defense allowed just one yard in the second quarter. Baylor held SMU to 114 second half yards after allowing 255 yards of offense in the first half. SMU allowed 723 total yards of offense from the Bears — much of it in the second half.

What's Next?

SMU takes on North Texas at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12.

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