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Halftime: Baylor gets help it doesn’t need, leads SMU 31-0

Bryce Petty

Baylor makes a living of scoring through two- and three-play drives. That’s a fact of life if you’re an opponent. What you don’t need to do, however, is start those drives inside your own 10-yard line.

That’s exactly what SMU did.

With the Bears holding a 3-0 lead, SMU’s Stephen Nelson coughed the ball up at his own six-yard line. Baylor recovered, and two plays later Shock Linwood had a four-yard touchdown run. One possession later, Levi Norwood returned a punt 43 yards to the SMU 4, and three snaps later Bryce Petty hit Tre’Von Armstead for a three-yard touchdown.

Speaking of Petty, he and his left hip have been the storyline of the half.

His numbers – 13-of-23 passing for 161 yards and two touchdowns, plus two rushes and 21 yards and another score – look better than his actual play on the field. Grabbing his hip and grimacing at multiple points throughout the half, Petty has consistently overthrown receivers, thereby keeping a 31-0 halftime spread from becoming even more lopsided.

With the Bears leading by 31 and dominating the SMU offense (49 passing yards, -10 rushing), expect to see lots of heralded backup Seth Russell in the second half.

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2 Responses to “Halftime: Baylor gets help it doesn’t need, leads SMU 31-0”
  1. allan357 says: Aug 31, 2014 9:51 PM

    I don’t understand why Baylor would leave an obviously-injured star QB in a game they’re favored to win by 31 points. Why risk aggravating the injury?

    If it were a conference game, then it would make more sense.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 31, 2014 11:24 PM

    I know its only SMU but Baylor’s D looks legit. Just swarming and suffocating any offense that SMU tries generate.

    That Oakman is a beast.

    Hope Petty is ok too…

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