Baker Mayfield claimed his place in history as the only freshman walk-on quarterback to start a season-opening game at a BCS school on Friday night.
The Red Raiders shut down SMU with a final score of 41-23, clicking on all cylinders and running away with a victory in game 1 of their new season.
Mayfield finished the game with 414 passing yards and threw for 4 touchdowns.
The Kingsbury era got underway at 7 p.m. in the blistering heat of Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus. Tech used their hurry up offense to get the Mustangs off-balance, driving the ball into SMU territory.
Ryan Bustin put the Raiders on the board first with a 43-yard field goal, making it a 3-0 game.
SMU hit a wall on 3rd down and 8 from the Texas Tech 11-yard line. That wall was the Red Raider defense bottling up the run, forcing the Mustangs to settle for a field goal. This tied the game at 3-3 with 5:15 left in the 1st.
Texas Tech was not able to move the ball down the field on their next possession so they punted it away with 1:50 left in the 1st.
The Red Raiders and the Mustangs moved in to the 2nd Quarter tied at 3-3.
Texas Tech went for it on 4th and goal after Kenny Williams was stuffed on the run and a Mayfield bootleg was good for a Red Raider touchdown.
But a holding penalty on the Red Raiders had that touchdown called back. They went for the field goal and pulled out of reach 6-3.
The Mustangs took over and SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert showed off a bit with a 51-yard long ball.
A nice Terrence Billitt sack for the Red Raiders forced SMU back to 3rd and goal.
The Mustangs forced a 34-yard field goal and the game was tied at 6-6.
Mayfield took over and connected with Jordan Davis for a touchdown with 1:01 left in the first half. 13-9 Raiders.
A 10-yard Mayfield pass to Bradley Marquez was good for a Texas Tech touchdown in the 3rd and the Raiders pushed ahead 20-9.
SMU responded with a touchdown of their own to narrow the gap to just 20-16.
Mayfield struck again in the 4th and the Red Raiders stoked the fire, pushing to a 27-16 lead.
Jakeem Grant showed up big with an end zone snag from Mayfield.
Another true freshman made a name for himself with Texas Tech's final scoring drive of the game, pushing past defenders on his way to the endzone.
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