(0-1, 0-0) NR/NR/NR
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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 45,733
(1-0, 0-0) 10/10/10
QB Bryce Petty -- 13/23 for 161 yards and 2 TDs
QB Seth Russell -- 13/23 for 124 yards and 1 TD
RB Rashodrick Linwood -- 16 rushes for 89 yards and 1 TD
RB Johnny Jefferson -- 12 rushes for 57 yards
WR Jay Lee -- 8 catches for 83 yards and 1 TD
WR Davion Hall -- 7 catches for 86 yards
WR K.D. Cannon -- 2 catches for 59 yards and 1 TD
DE Shawn Oakman -- 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 1 QB Hurry
Baylor Defense -- 11 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 INT
I've now watched the game in full twice since I've been home, and my plan is to do a full Thoughts post this afternoon/evening on everything to do with the Stadium, tailgating, and the game itself. That's my plan.
For now, I'll echo what I said on Twitter last night with my quick grades. The Stadium itself was gorgeous, perfect in almost every way. There were a couple of issues I heard from people about the in-stadium app, the restrooms not having adequate air conditioning, if they had it at all, and a choke point on the second pedestrian bridge. On the whole, though, Baylor has a magnificent new home that looked and sounded great. The excitement of the fanbase was palpable. A++.
The offense obviously didn't perform up to our expectations for a lot of reasons, chief among them being the fact that Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley were both injured early on. It was quickly obvious that Petty couldn't plant or push through his delivery, so it was all-arm on every throw. His accuracy suffered, as did his range, and he became a near non-factor in the running game outside of the TD. That wasn't the Bryce we know and love. I never felt like the offense ever brought its tempo to bear the way we've come to expect, so things never really got rolling on that side of the ball. Seth Russell was ... up and down. B-.
Defensively, that was Baylor under Phil Bennett at its peak. I've never seen such domination from a Baylor defensive line in the whole time I've been watching the Bears. Shawn Oakman spent so much time in the SMU backfield that he got a free pair of golf clubs, and I honestly felt bad by the end of the game for the SMU QBs. In limited chances, Xavien Howard was as advertised, but the defensive line was so good, we barely needed him. SMU had zero confidence offensively after about the second series, and it is no wonder why. Baylor whipped them over and over again. They didn't want any more. A+.
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SMU vs. Baylor final score: 3 things we learned from the Bears' 45-0 win - SBNation.com
The Bears opened their brand-new stadium with a demolition of SMU, but not without introducing a handful of issues.
SMU Mustangs vs. Baylor Bears - Recap - August 31, 2014 - ESPN Dallas
NCAA College Football Recap
Bryce Petty's injury offers glimpse into frailty of Baylor's Playoff hopes - College Football - SI.com
WACO, Texas – Bryce Petty looked like his usual effervescent self late Sunday but for the slight slump in his shoulders. "I feel old," said the Baylor quarterback, who, at 23, is one of the oldest players in college football.
Baylor shuts out SMU to christen stadium - Houston Chronicle
It was the kind of green-and-gold spectacle that had been long in planning and was even better when it finally transpired.
Impressive Big 12 performances in Week 1 - ESPN
Over the weekend, colleague Max Olson released his helmet stickers for the top performers of the weekend.
Sherrington: Bears leave inhibitions, tarp on other side of I-35 | Dallas Morning News
Baylor fans marvel at Bears’ new den: McLane Stadium - WacoTrib.com: Baylor Bears Football
With eyes wide and full of wonder, BU fans marveled at their new first-class stadium on the banks of the Brazos.
John Werner: With opening of McLane Stadium, it’s time for Baylor fans to believe again - WacoTrib.com: Baylor
The Bears will be the toast of college football when they open the $266 million McLane Stadium Sunday night against SMU.
Robert Griffin III spent Sunday night at Baylor's new stadium, and all was right - SBNation.com
College football misses you, RGIII.
12 photos of Baylor's ridiculously pretty new stadium - SBNation.com
Baylor's 45,000-seat football stadium gets its major debut Sunday night against SMU.
Baylor Bears' vision becomes reality under Art Briles - ESPN
It was a brand new feeling for Art Briles.
Big 12 FPI rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team's performance going forward for the rest of the season.
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Sic 'Em! Baylor opens new stadium with DOMINANT 45-0 victory over SMU. Baylor puts up 574 yards of offense in win. pic.twitter.com/HMntJ2G8cH— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 1, 2014
Baylor's new McLane Stadium is a work of art in every way. http://t.co/w59K3uvaCh pic.twitter.com/c4gmHw0vEG— SportsonEarth (@SportsonEarth) September 1, 2014
Experience @CoachArtBriles first-ever #BearWalk at @McLaneStadium via @LakenLitman +Hyperlapse http://t.co/QQBSW8ST1Q pic.twitter.com/bIPrjVTi6b— Heath Nielsen (@HeathNielsen) September 1, 2014
An attempt to sum up what yesterday's #McLaneKickoff was like, and what it meant to the #Baylor family: http://t.co/Vyx6TSKhez— Baylor Proud (@BaylorProud) September 1, 2014
A great aerial photo gallery of Baylor's first game at McLane Stadium. http://t.co/K0e8nfFTW8 pic.twitter.com/tcRaMnuVfM— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) September 1, 2014
RG3 was at Baylor's McLane Stadium opening for his statue unveiling last night http://t.co/8u4JHoCDbH (USATSI) pic.twitter.com/XjcnFjtvD5— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) September 1, 2014
ICYMI: At Baylor, an uncommon stadium for uncommon success story http://t.co/tl2nfLb1mM via @USATODAYsports @TheFootballFour— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 1, 2014
Baylor is more than just offense! Bears shutout an FBS opponent for first time since 1995 and hold SMU to negative 24 yards rushing.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 1, 2014
Another amazing stat from tonight — Baylor first downs: 26; SMU total yards: 65.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 1, 2014
Baylor has more sacks (9) than SMU does first downs (7)— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 1, 2014