SMU over Texas Tech
Well, I missed that one.
Texas Tech seemed to be at a quarterback disadvantage Friday night when it played at SMU. But it’s the curse of Garrett Gilbert that he gets outplayed even when the opposing quarterback is a non-scholarship true freshman.
With presumed Tech starter Michael Brewer injured, the Red Raiders opened the Kliff Kingsbury era by beating SMU 41-23 Friday night. Baker Mayfield completed 43 of 60 passes for 413 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Mustangs countered Gilbert, one of college football’s graybeards. The same Garrett Gilbert who quarterbacked Texas most of the 2009 national title game after Colt McCoy’s injury and the same Garrett Gilbert who struggled as UT went 5-7 in 2010.
Now Gilbert is a fifth-year senior, and SMU coach June Jones said he expects Gilbert to have a great season and make the NFL.
Gilbert wasn’t bad against Tech. He completed 41 of 62 for 388 yards, with no TDs or intercepts.
That’s an improvement. SMU went 7-6 last season and Gilbert threw 15 interceptions to go with 15 touchdowns. That means Gilbert has 38 career interceptions and just 28 career TD passes.