Baylor 59, Southern Methodist 24

Date - Sunday, September 2, 2012 6:30 PM
Location - Floyd Casey Stadium
Attendance - 43514

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern Methodist 0 3 7 14 24
Baylor 14 10 21 14 59

Recap


Baylor 59, Southern Methodist 24:
Nick Florence threw three first-half touchdown passes in his first start since 2009 as the Bears routed the visiting Mustangs in a matchup of former Southwest Conference rivals.

Florence finished 21-of-30 for 341 yards and four touchdowns while Jarred Salubi rushed for 91 yards and a score for Baylor, which defeated SMU for the 10th straight time.

In his first extended action in nearly three years following the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to the NFL, Florence was efficient in directing the Bears on touchdown drives on each of their first two possessions.

Florence added his third passing score with just over two minutes remaining in the first half and capped off a stellar half by marching Baylor 50 yards in less than a minute to set up Aaron Jones' 44-yard field goal as time expired.

Despite the lopsided 24-3 deficit at halftime, SMU was its own worst enemy in the first half, coming away with only three points despite driving inside the Bears' 30 on three occasions.

However, the floodgates opened in the second half as Florence added his fourth touchdown pass late in the third quarter that left Baylor with a commanding 45-3 advantage before he gave way to backup Bryce Petty at the start of the fourth.

Zach Line rushed for 135 yards for the Mustangs, who have not opened the season with a road win since 1986.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK: This marked the 79th meeting between the in-state rivals, but the first since 2005. … Line - the two-time Conference USA rushing leader – posted his 16th career 100-yard rushing performance. … Baylor extended its home winning streak to eight games and hasn’t lost at Floyd Casey Stadium since a 53-24 setback against Oklahoma in 2010. … The Bears are in the midst of the nation’s second-longest active winning streak at seven, one behind Texas Christian.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:18
Baylor   TD  Baylor 7 - Southern Methodist 0
1st Quarter - 6:27
Baylor   TD  Baylor 14 - Southern Methodist 0
2nd Quarter - 12:52
Southern Methodist   FG  Baylor 14 - Southern Methodist 3
2nd Quarter - 2:02
Baylor   TD  Baylor 21 - Southern Methodist 3
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Baylor   FG  Baylor 24 - Southern Methodist 3
3rd Quarter - 10:22
Baylor   TD  Baylor 31 - Southern Methodist 3
3rd Quarter - 6:11
Baylor   TD  Baylor 38 - Southern Methodist 3
3rd Quarter - 2:39
Baylor   TD  Baylor 45 - Southern Methodist 3
3rd Quarter - 1:58
Southern Methodist   TD  Baylor 45 - Southern Methodist 10
4th Quarter - 11:34
Baylor   TD  Baylor 52 - Southern Methodist 10
4th Quarter - 4:49
Southern Methodist   TD  Baylor 52 - Southern Methodist 17
4th Quarter - 4:00
Baylor   TD  Baylor 59 - Southern Methodist 17
4th Quarter - 2:25
Southern Methodist   TD  Baylor 59 - Southern Methodist 24
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern Methodist Baylor
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern Methodist Baylor
Score 24 59
First Downs 28 26
3rd Down Efficiency 12-for-20
60%
2-for-8
25%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 507 613
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 29-145 32-220
Average/Rush 5.0 6.9
Passing
Comp-Att 37-63 24-35
Passing Yards 362 393
Average/Pass Play 5.7 11.2
Penalties-Yards 5-37 10-92
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Time of Possession 39:55 20:05

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Gilbert 34/59 286 2 2
C. Preston 3/4 76 1 0
Baylor (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Florence 21/30 341 4 0
B. Petty 3/5 52 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
Z. Line 25 135 5.4 0
R. Wimbley 2 6 3.0 0
G. Gilbert 2 4 2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Salubi 13 91 7.0 1
G. Martin 10 50 5.0 1
L. Seastrunk 3 39 13.0 0
N. Florence 3 24 8.0 0
T. Williams 1 8 8.0 0
B. Petty 2 8 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Thompson 5 88 17.6 1
J. Johnson 9 76 8.4 1
G. Dieter 3 64 21.3 1
D. Johnson 9 58 6.4 0
R. Wimbley 2 36 18.0 0
Z. Line 5 21 4.2 0
K. Holman 3 16 5.3 0
R. Walker 1 3 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Williams 7 138 19.7 0
L. Sampson 5 69 13.8 2
T. Reese 2 68 34.0 1
L. Norwood 4 55 13.8 0
D. Stonum 2 41 20.5 1
J. Monk 1 11 11.0 0
A. Goodley 2 6 3.0 0
J. Najvar 1 5 5.0 1