Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield lit up the SMU Mustangs in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away and seal a 41-23 victory. Mayfield had two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in the fourth to turn a 20-16 affair into a 41-16 blowout.
The Mustangs got back into the end zone with under two minutes to play on a Prescott Line two-yard rushing touchdown, but it was too little, too late.
In all, Mayfield completed 43 of a whopping 60 pass attempts for 413 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Texas Tech only had 48 yards rushing, compared to SMU's 102 yards, but it was all they needed to get the win.
Things got off to a really slow start, with both teams exchanging field goals until the final two minutes of the first half, when Mayfield hit Jordan Davis for a 33-yard touchdown with 1:01 on the clock. That put the Red Raiders up on top, 13-6. To their credit, the Mustangs drove down field and Chase Hover managed to hit a 51-yard field goal as time expired to make it 13-9 heading into the half.
Both teams found the end zone in the third quarter. First, Texas Tech extended its lead when Mayfield connected on his second touchdown pass, this one for 10 yards to Bradley Marquez. That made it 20-9, but the Mustangs answered back on the next drive. Garrett Gilbert broke off a 23-yard rush to make the game 20-16.
Mayfield found the end zone for a third time early in the fourth quarter, this time on a run. He managed to bust an 11-yard run for a touchdown to make it 27-16 in favor of the Red Raiders. From there, it was all downhill for the Mustangs, as Mayfield tossed two more passing touchdowns in the fourth to seal the win.