The Texas Tech Red Raiders pushed the Baylor Bears to the brink of College Football Playoff elimination this past weekend when the Bears staved off a late comeback attempt. Missing much of the late action was quarterback Bryce Petty, who missed the remainder of the game after suffering a concussion. Petty, a Heisman Trophy candidate, has thrown for 2,893 yards and 25 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
Furthermore, the Bears have work to do and must finish the job in their last game against the Kansas State Wildcats. They are expecting to have Petty back in the lineup. Petty has reportedly not undergone the NCAA mandated concussion protocol, but head coach Art Briles plans to have his starting quarterback at the helm.
“He was here yesterday and feeling pretty good,” Briles said. “I just saw him 10 minutes ago and he’s fine. Smile on his face and determination in his heart.”
Petty, who has no past history with concussions, echoed Briles’ feelings, stating his symptoms had improved significantly since being hit in the chin during the third quarter of the team’s 48-46 win.
“I feel great,” Petty said. “Woke up this morning and just happy to be alive and be breathing. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
Baylor was a much different team without Petty, and backup Seth Russell did not seem ready to lead the Bears against a very mediocre Red Raider defense. The Wildcats will pose a much more difficult test and could stand in the way of the team’s hopes of crashing the College Football Playoff. Tune it to CampusSports.net as more information should unfold as the week progresses regarding Petty’s status for Kansas State.
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