No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 rout of SMU
Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Baylor opened up its shiny new digs in grand fashion.
Bryce Petty tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another in the first half as the 10th-ranked Bears blanked SMU, 45-0, on Sunday night.
A sellout crowd of 45,000 watched on as Baylor debuted McLane Stadium, which unveiled a statue of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III outside of it prior to the game.
Petty was 13-of-23 for 161 yards in two quarters of action, Shock Linwood carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards and a score and Jay Lee caught eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Bears (1-0), who won the Big XII last season with an 11-2 mark.
Neal Burcham completed 15-of-26 passes for 59 yards for SMU (0-1).
The Bears tallied 24 points in the opening quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
Chris Callahan opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal on Baylor's initial possession and following a Stephen Nelson fumble recovery later in the frame, Linwood waltzed in for a 4-yard score.
Petty fired a 3-yard TD strike to Tre'Von Armstead and lofted a 46-yard score to K.D. Cannon prior to the conclusion of the first period.
Petty scampered in from five yards out early in the second and Seth Russell's 12-yard TD pass to Lee made it 38-0. Silas Nacita's 1-yard TD run late in the fourth capped the scoring.
Baylor was 10-for-20 on third down, while SMU finished 4-for-18 ... The Bears have won 11 straight meetings against SMU and improved to 37-36-7 against their in-state foe, leading the series for the first time since 1924 ... Baylor outgained the Mustangs, 574-67.
08/31 23:34:13 ET