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Halftime in Waco: Baylor 6, SMU 6

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A rough start is an understatement.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that didn't go so well. Baylor was shutout in the first quarter, and the defense got destroyed early. There was also a huge injury concern with Ryan Reid leaving the game early on crutches, though his x-rays were negative. He will be evaluated again at halftime and hopefully can return for the second half.

Baylor finally got on the board with a field goal early in the second quarter, but the offense continued to look lackluster. Seth Russell struggled with accuracy, and his receivers weren't bailing him out. Thankfully, Orion Stewart did bail Russell out when he threw an interception by grabbing a pick in the end zone. This started an odd string of events. First, a 79-yard drive with three fourth down conversions that ended in a fumble in the end zone. Then, SMU fumbled on the first play of its next drive, and Baylor made a field goal to tie the game.

All I can say is at least we're going into halftime tied because it could have been much worse. I wonder if we will have a Zach Smith sighting in the second half.


Halftime Stats
SMU BAYLOR
1st Downs 12 11
3rd down conversions 2-8 4-13
4th down conversions 0-0 3-3
Total Yards 239 190
Passing 166 127
Comp-Att 11-24 15-28
Yards per pass 6.9 4.5
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Rushing 73 63
Rushing Attempts 18 23
Yards per rush 4.1 2.7
Penalties 3-25 7-56
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles lost 1 1
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Possession 14:04 15:56