During an eventful opening weekend of college football, the Baylor Bears escaped any major danger with a 45-0 victory over the visiting SMU Mustangs. Even though they routed their local foe, the team could not leave the game unscathed as senior quarterback Bryce Petty suffered a bruised back during the first half and took an early exit from the contest.
Petty, a Heisman candidate, is not expected to miss any significant time as the season progresses, but the injury could linger for weeks to come. The senior threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns during his half of play and more will be needed from him as the Bears hope to contend for a Big 12 crown.
When asked about the injury Perry joked, ” I feel old.”
Head coach Art Briles did not take Petty out of the game until he learned of the injury and will keep Petty under center for now, as the team faces Northwestern Sate and Buffalo in the coming weeks.
*Section Photo credit to Tim Heitman, USA Today Sports; Featured Photo (above) credit to Sporting News