DALLAS (AP) — SMU had just the kind of drive it wanted to start the second half in what was then still a close season opener against Texas Tech — right down the field and into the end zone for an apparent go-ahead touchdown.
But that score got wiped out by a holding penalty and a missed short field goal two plays later only made things worse.
The Mustangs couldn't overcame those missed chances, or Texas Tech's walk-on freshman quarterback, in a 41-23 loss Friday night.
"We had opportunities and had an unfortunate deal of taking that touchdown away. That was a 14-point swing," SMU coach June Jones said. "You just can't let those things happen."
Baker Mayfield, believed to be the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a BCS school, completed 43 of 60 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns. He also had an 11-yard TD run.
The Red Raiders won their first game under Kliff Kingsbury, at 34 the youngest head coach at a BCS school.
"I haven't been around many kids with a bigger chip on their shoulder, and rightfully so," Kingsbury said of Mayfield. "He practiced like a senior the last week. He didn't look like a true freshman who got here the second summer session."
Mayfield had three of his TD passes and the scoring run after SMU opened the second half with a drive that ended with the erased TD scramble by Garrett Gilbert and missed 27-yard field goal.
The Red Raiders then went 80 yards in 13 plays, with Mayfield lofting a pass over the shoulder of a defender to Brad Marquez for a 10-yard score that made it 20-9.
"He managed the game, definitely seized the moment," Marquez said.
Mayfield certainly seemed at ease under the Friday night lights — just like the past two seasons as a starter at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, while winning a state championship. In the fourth quarter alone, he completed 15 of 18 passes for 175 yards and two TDs — 3 yards to Jakeem Grant and 22 yards to Reginald Davis, who turned a short pass into a score.
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