WACO (AP) — 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, their fewest since coach June Jones took over in 2008, and shut out for the second time in their last three games.
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, also a low for Jones at SMU. 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.