DALLAS (AP) Seth Russell threw for 376 yards and five touchdowns and also ran for a score to help fourth-ranked Baylor open the season with a 56-21 victory at SMU on Friday night.
The two-time defending Big 12 champion Bears finally got to start fresh after the long, long offseason that followed their playoff snub last season.
SMU played its first game for new coach Chad Morris, Clemson’s offensive coordinator the past four seasons. The Mustangs, who scored only 12 total points their first four games last season with a 45-0 loss at Baylor, had 21 points in the first 1 1/2 quarters.
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Jay Lee had three TD catches for the Bears, who had 723 total yards.
Dual-threat quarterback Matt Davis had 166 yards passing and 115 rushing for SMU. But he was sacked on the final play of the first half with the Mustangs at the 3 and down only 28-21.
NO. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 37, W. MICHIGAN 24
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – Madre London ran for two touchdowns in the first several minutes of his college career and Michigan State build a big lead it needed to hold off Western Michigan.
The Spartans had a 27-7 lead in the second quarter and were up by 24 points in the third in the opener for both teams. The Broncos pulled within 10 early in the fourth by putting together two long TD drives.
After giving up a field goal and having a three-and-out possession, Western Michigan drove to the Michigan State 7 with a chance to make the final minutes dramatic. Freshman cornerback Vayante Copeland, though, ended the suspense with an interception in the end zone.
The Spartans set a school record by scoring 30-plus points for the ninth straight game. They surpassed the 30-point mark in eight consecutive games, spanning the 1978 and 1979 season.