When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. CT
Where: McLane Stadium (Waco, Texas)
SERIES: Baylor leads 38-36-7
LAST MEETING: SMU lost 56-21 on September 4, 2015
Line: SMU +28.5
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1st quarter blog- SMU 6, Baylor 0
Like last season, SMU started off with a shot down the field to Sutton, who caught it for a 39-yard gain. The drive stalled after two incompletions from Ben Hicks, who started the game at quarterback in place of Matt Davis. SMU's defense force Baylor to punt on its first series after gaining one first down. A tackle for no gain from Anthony Rhone on the backside pursuit and a stop by Justin Lawler on a 3rd-and-13 rush attempt forced the punt. SMU reached the red zone on its next two possessions but had to settle for a field goal each time. SMU held the Bears to 32 yards on their first two drives and out-gained them 184-68 in the opening quarter. SMU forced a punt on its first three defensive series, but gave Baylor a first after a roughing the kicker on the third one.
2nd quarter blog- SMU 6, Baylor 6
After a completion from Seth Russell to Pooh Stricklin gave Baylor a first down at SMU's 22-yard line, the Mustangs held Baylor to a field goal. RC Cox supplied pressure on 3rd-and-4 to force an incompletion. SMU drove down to the Baylor 35 on its first possession of the quarter, using a pass interference penalty and an 11-yard slip screen completion to James Proche. Hicks was sacked on 3rd-and-6 at the 35 and SMU punted. On that series, Bryce Wilds replaced Chauncey Briggs at right tackle, but Briggs came back in on the ensuing series. Hicks had Proche open on a go route on 3rd-and-7, but the ball bounced off his hands. On the next possession, Jordan Wyatt jumped a curl, picked off Russell and returned it to the Baylor 12-yard line. Hicks gave it right back, throwing in interception on 3rd down in the end zone trying to find James Proche on a corner route. Baylor appeared to score a touchdown on a 16-yard pass to Blake Lynch, but he fumbles in the end zone. SMU took over, but Ke'Mon Freeman fumbled on the very next play, giving the Bears the ball at SMU's 25. Baylor only turned it into a field goal.
3rd quarter blog- Baylor 26, SMU 13
Baylor drove 79 yards for the game's first touchdown, a 31-yard pass from Russell to a wide-open Lynch. The drive appeared to be a 3-and-out, but a hands-to-the-face penalty on SMU's Deon Green negated a Justin Lawler sack on 3rd down. After SMU punted on its first possession of the quarter, Darrion Millines intercepted a hanging thrown from Russell and returned it to Baylor's 18-yard line. On 2nd-and-goal from the 5-yard line, Hicks threw too low for a wide-open Sutton. Davion Hall intercepted the pass and returned it to SMU's 38. Baylor scored on Seth Russell's 19-yard scramble. The Bears scored again on a 33-yard pick-6 by Orion Stewart to make the score 26-6. Hicks led a 75-yard drive that he capped with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sutton. Baylor had a punt return touchdown wiped out by a block in the back. On that punt, Michael Badejo was injured and helped off the field.