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    WACO, Texas -- Baylor has touted itself as the nations top offense for the past three years, and with good reason. Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys .The Bears have led the country in scoring and yards per game over that span, so it was strange for the home fans to see them sputter in the first half, without a touchdown while locked in a low-scoring tie with SMU.No. 23 Baylor finally reached the end zone with its opening march of the second half, igniting a 20-point third quarter on the way a 40-13 rout of the Mustangs on Saturday.Seth Russell threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score following the 6-6 halftime tie, and the Bears went on to a 13th straight victory over their former Southwest Conference rival.Give it to SMU, Russell said. They were flying around on defense. They were giving us things we hadnt really seen them do, and they have some really good players on their team. Theyre going to do a great job in their conference. Theyre going to be a tough team to beat.Baylor missed on several deep shots in the first half, but Blake Lynch capped its opening march after halftime by breaking free in the right seam for a 31-yard touchdown reception from Russell, who added a 19-yard scoring burst on a scramble on the Bears next possession. Russell was 26 of 47 with two interceptions.Orion Stewart intercepted two passes for Baylor. The first was in the end zone to stop a promising SMU threat, and he returned the second 33 yards for a touchdown to push Baylors lead to 26-6.Redshirt freshman quarterback Ben Hicks, who was a high school classmate of Stewarts in Waco, made his first career start for SMU (1-1) in place of senior Matt Davis, who left last weeks win over North Texas after taking a hard shot to the midsection and was listed as a game-time decision during the week.Hicks helped the Mustangs to 405 yards total offense, but he was intercepted three times -- twice in the end zone -- and SMU scored only one touchdown in five trips inside the 20.I talked to (Stewart) a little after the game and during the game, Hicks said. I wish I didnt throw it to him all night, but thats just how it goes sometimes. Ill bounce back, and Orions a great player.SMU outgained Baylor 184-32 in the first 10 minutes, but got just two field goals from Josh Williams.Baylors Blake Lynch lost a fumble into the end zone that SMU recovered on the best scoring chance in the first half. On the opening drive of the second half, he lost his defender on a hitch-and-go for an easy 31-yard score.Russell finished 26 of 47 with two interceptions.Hicks threw for 144 of his 229 yards in the first quarter, and connected with Courtland Sutton for SMUs only touchdown, a 20-yarder, in the third quarter.I felt like our guys deserved to be in that moment, SMU coach Chad Morris said. Im extremely excited about the direction of where our football program is going.POLL IMPLICATIONSFlorida dropped out of the Top 25 following an unimpressive win over UMass last weekend. The Bears probably spared themselves the same fate by outscoring the Mustangs 34-7 in the second half.THE TAKEAWAYSMU: The Mustangs were much more competitive than they have been in their last three meetings with Baylor in which they were outscored 160-45. But they still have a long way to go to compete with ranked teams. SMU gets another shot in a visit from No. 15 TCU on Sept. 23.Baylor: Its a sign of how strong the Bears offense has been in recent years that it gained more than 500 yards and still didnt look sharp for much of the game. Baylor turned the ball over three times and was 8 of 21 on third down, but still had plenty of firepower to pull away in the second half.UP NEXTSMU: The Mustangs schedule lightens up next week when they welcome FCS school Liberty to Dallas for their home opener.Baylor: The Bears have a short week before playing their second Friday night game of the season and first road contest against Rice.---Online: AP College Football website Authentic MLB World Series Jerseys .2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. Cheap Kansas City Royals Jerseys . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. SAN ANTONIO -- Rockets coach Mike DAntoni said he expects guard Patrick Beverley to miss the first 20 games of the season with a left knee injury.Multiple sources said nothing has been decided regarding possible surgery. Beverley is scheduled to see another doctor in next couple of days.Beverley has played in just one preseason game before he suffered irritation in the knee.Losing Beverley is a blow to the Rockets hopes to start him alongside James Harden. But now Eric Gordon most likely will take over as the shooting guard.Based on the Rockets schedule, the earliest Beverley could return is the first week of December.DAntoni and his staff have to make decisions on whether to keep an extra guard on the roster. Pablo Prigioni is the backup point guard to Harden but if Beverley is healthy there might not be a neeed to keep another guard. Cheap Chicago Cubs Jerseys. Antoni is looking at Tyler Ennis, whom the Rockets acquired in a trade with Milwaukee in September, and Bobby Brown as the extra guard. DAntoni could also go with a power forward and Kyle Wiltjer seems to be the favorite unless the Rockets claim another player off waivers.It complicates things, I hate it for Pat because he works so hard to get ready, DAntoni said after the Rockets lost their final preseason game, 114-99, to the Spurs. His weight was great and so on one hand I hate it for him and on the other hand, I hate it for us a lot.The first 20 games is tough, and it would be nice to have him. Hell be back, so you just make sure hes healthy. 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