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.
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. 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.
• Baylor's 8 sacks were one shy of tying a school record from a Sept. 17, 1983 game at UTEP.
• Baylor's last shutout was on Sept. 17, 2011, vs. Stephen F. Austin (48-0) and it's the 165th shutout in Baylor history.
• Petty broke RG3's 2011 program record for most consecutive games with a passing TD with 14.
• RB Shock Linwood scored the first touchdown in McLane Stadium history with a 4-yard rushing TD in the 1st quarter.
• True freshman WR KD Cannon caught a 46-yard TD pass in the 1st quarter for his first career reception and finished with 2 catches for 59 yards.
• TE Tre'Von Armstead caught his first career pass with a 3-yard TD catch in the 1st quarter and finished with 2 catches for 21 yards.
• CB Xavien Howard had his 2nd career interception with a pick in the 2nd quarter.
• WR Jay Lee caught a 12-yard TD pass in the 3rd quarter for his 2nd career TD reception.
• Lee finished with career highs of 8 catches and 83 yards.
• True freshman WR Davion Hall led the team with 7 catches for 86 yards in his collegiate debut.
• QB Seth Russell set career highs of 13 completions, 23 pass attempts, 124 yards and threw 1 touchdown for the 5th time in his career.
• Russell set career highs of 7 carries for 55 yards.
• Redshirt freshman RB Johnny Jefferson had 12 carries for 57 yards and 1 catch for 16 yards in his first collegiate game.
• Junior transfer RB Silas Nacita rushed for 20 yards on 6 carries with 1 touchdown in his first game with Baylor.
• Redshirt freshman QB Chris Johnson saw his first collegiate action and connected for a 28-yard pass on his only attempt and rushed for 17 yards on his only attempt.
• DE Shawn Oakman tied a career high with 6 tackles and set a career high with 2 sacks.
• Redshirt freshman DE K.J. Smith record his first career sack and had 2 QB hurries.
• DT Andrew Billings had a career high 2 tackles for loss.
• Redshirt freshman LB Taylor Young record his first career sack.
• NT Beau Blackshear tied a career high with 1.5 tackles for loss.
• Redshirt sophomore NT Javonte Magee had a career high 1.5 tackles for loss and his first career half-sack.
• DT Suleiman Masumbuko tied a career high with 1 sack.
STAT OF THE GAME
-24: Number of rushing yards for SMU on the game.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"Defensively, that's how we won the game. We kind of felt like going in we would have a good defense. What I saw tonight was a lot of strength and a lot of speed. We are still a work in progress." - Baylor head coach Art Briles
Baylor plays its second-ever game at McLane Stadium next Saturday (Sept. 6) at 6:30 p.m. CT against Northwestern State