Texas Tech Beats SMU in Opener, 41-23

Kliff Kingsbury made his debut as the head coach of the Red Raiders, taking on the SMU Mustangs.

Kliff Kingsbury made his debut as the head coach of the Red Raiders, taking on the SMU Mustangs.

True freshman Baker Mayfield got the start tonight.

Texas Tech got the ball first and Mayfield looked pretty good. He would lead them on a 14-play 49-yard field goal that would end with this Ryan Bustin field goal to make it 3-0.

SMU would respond with a field goal of their own, to tie the game at 3.

But, Baker and the Tech offense back in it with a 2nd-and-long, and Mayfield took it himself.

Now 4th and 1, Mayfield took it himself on the keeper; but holding was called on the play that backed Tech up and led to another Ryan Bustin field goal. (6-3, Tech)

Time wound down in the half, game tied at 6, when Baker Mayfield delivered a strike to Jordan Davis; he found his way into the end zone. This was the first touchdown pass in the career of Baker Mayfield and first touchdown catch by Davis. (Tech leads 13-6)

Tech led 13-9 at the half.

Second half, Jace Amaro came in the game and got it over the middle. It took a big guy to bring him down, but it was a good gain for Tech.

Baker to Jakeem Grant for a 10-yd touchdown in the back of the end zone. (Tech, 34-16)

Then did it on the ground as Mayfield hooked up with Reginald Davis.  (Tech, 41-16)

Tech goes on to beat SMU, 41-23.
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