Dallas, TX – After an impressive win against Navy last week, the SMU Mustangs were posed to play a Houston Baptist University team Saturday evening.
The Mustangs, led by true freshman quarterback William Brown’s impressive passing night dominated Houston Baptist in a 63-27 victory.
The Mustangs (2-3) had two receivers collect more than 100 yards Saturday. Reggie Roberson Jr. amassed 104 yards on four catches and Tyler Page totaled 102 yards and a touchdown on only three receptions. Much to the delight of the home crowd, Page caught a long 92-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter.
While the Mustangs made it practice to rotate between Brown and junior quarterback Ben Hicks earlier this season, Brown was the clear choice against Houston Baptist. By halftime, he completed 8 of 13 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
Coach Sonny Dykes was willing to take risks on fourth down against Houston Baptist. The Mustangs would fake a punt on a long fourth down and scored on a fake field goal right before the half.
“Sometimes, it takes awhile for the new faces to get on the same page,” Dykes said beforehand. “We didn’t play well early when we were trying to get everyone to the right direction
Clearly outmatched, Houston Baptist still tried to make things interesting. A 95-yard kick return closed the gap to 28-10, but SMU quickly scored and owned a halftime lead of 35-10.
The second half was all about maintaining balance and control for the Mustangs. The combination of an air attack and a run game kept Houston Baptist on its toes. SMU simply dominated and entertained the crowd. The Mustangs 653 total yards more than doubled the 301 yards of Houston Baptist (1-3).
Now next week SMU will travel to Florida to play UCF at 6pm CST.