Baylor overcomes sluggish start to beat SMU 40-13

Published: Sep 10, 2016 21:29pm EDT
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Sep 10, 2016 @ 09:29pm EDT


WACO, TX -- In what could have been an early end to the high hopes of the No. 23 Baylor 2016 season, the Bears got past a 6-6 tied game at the half to beat SMU 40-13.

The Bears (2-0 overall) playing in just their second game under new Head Coach Jim Grobe shot out of the gate to start the 2nd half to score 20 unanswered points in the first 10 minutes of the 3rd quarter highlighted by a 33 yard pick 6 by Baylor's Orion Stewart that gave the Bears a commanding 26-6 lead at that time.

"Well that was interesting" Grobe said after the game. "We of course had a tougher challenge today (and) I think that I was so proud of was how well our kids bounced back", Grobe continued. "We just didn't have our best stuff offensively in the first half".

Baylor was led by senior quarterback Seth Russell who threw for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns on 26 of 47 passing. Russell also rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Coming off of a major neck sugery that ended his 2015 campaign, Russell stated after the game "I feel great. The body feels good. I've got the normal football nicks (but) the neck is holding up better than what I expected for sure".

Baylor finished the game with 536 total offensive yards, while allowing 405 to the Ponies. The Bears outgained the Mustangs 236 to 33 in the 4th quarter alone.

SMU was led by Redshirt freshman quarterback Ben Hicks made his first career start for SMU (1-1) in his homwtown of Waco, replacing senior Matt Davis, who missed the game for undisclosed reasons. Hicks helped the Mustangs to 405 yards total offense, but he was intercepted three times - twice in the end zone - and SMU scored only one touchdown in five trips inside the 20.

"I felt in the first half, he was as dynamic as anybody. I thought he was on it" Coach Chad Morris in his second year coaching the young Mustangs said after the game of Hicks. "I thought in the second have we had a couple of things go wrong" Morris continued "(But) He'll learn from it. He's a competitor. I know everyone in his hometown is proud of him. I'm proud of him. He's got a great future".

Next up for Baylor, they head to Houston to take on Rice on Friday in their first road game of the year while SMU has their home opener against Liberty on Saturday. Hopes should be high for both teams



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