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(Friday, August 30)
Final Score: Texas Tech 41, SMU 23
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Baker Mayfield threw for 413 yards as Kliff Kingsbury earned his first win as the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who defeated the SMU Mustangs, 41-23, at Gerald Ford Stadium.
Kingsbury, a former quarterback for the Red Raiders (1-0), earned his first career win as a head coach with the victory. Mayfield, who was making his first career start, completed 43-of-60 pass attempts and had four passing touchdowns while adding one on the ground.
Eric Ward caught 13 of those passes for a game-high 150 yards but was not one of four receivers to collect a touchdown. Ward brought in 12 touchdown passes last season and has 23 for his career.
Garrett Gilbert did his best to match Mayfield as he completed 41-of-62 pass attempts for 388 yards and also rushed for 53 yards and a score for SMU (0-1). Jeremy Johnson caught 12 passes for 131 yards and Darius Joseph added 11 receptions for 103 yards for the Mustangs.
In this game advertised as an offensive shootout, both teams struggled to find the end zone early on.
After a strong beginning to its opening drive, Texas Tech stalled in SMU territory and was forced to settle for a 43-yard field goal from Ryan Bustin.
SMU responded in similar fashion on its first drive as a 27-yard field goal from Chase Hover evened the score at 3-3.
Texas Tech nearly had its first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter but a one-yard rushing touchdown from Mayfield was called off due to a holding penalty on Ward. The Red Raiders were then forced to settle for another Bustin field goal, this one from 27 yards out.
A little more than eight minutes later, SMU ended a 45-yard drive with a 34- yard field goal from Hover that tied the game once again.
The Red Raiders finally ended the touchdown drought when Mayfield hit Jordan Davis for a 33-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute before the break. It was Mayfield's first career touchdown pass.
Hover would boot a 51-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired in the first half to send the Mustangs into the locker room trailing 13-9.
The momentum the Red Raiders picked up from their first touchdown seemed to carry into the third quarter. Texas Tech capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive midway through the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Bradley Marquez.
Later in the quarter, during a drive where he seemed to get it all done on his own, Gilbert scored on a 23-yard touchdown run. Gilbert rushed for 51 of the 81 yards the Mustangs picked up on the drive.
Early in the fourth quarter, Mayfield made up for the touchdown he had called back earlier in the game, with a critical 11-yard touchdown run.
The Red Raiders put the game out of reach with a pair of touchdown passes from Mayfield later in the fourth quarter. The first was a three-yard connection with Jakeem Grant and the second was a 22-yard strike to Reginald Davis.
SMU added a two-yard touchdown run from Prescott Line, brother of former standout running back Zach Line, before the end of regulation.
08/31 00:19:00 ET
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