Baylor’s Heisman candidate QB Bryce Petty left the game with a concussion.
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The Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 48-46 in Week 14 of the College Football season, but star QB Bryce Petty suffered a concussion in the process.
The Bears struck first in the game with an 8-yard run from RB Shock Linwood, and after a quiet first quarter, the offensive explosion began. Baylor scored three TDs in the second quarter – a 4-yard run by Johnny Jefferson, a 28-yard pass from Bryce Petty to Corey Coleman and another TD run by Linwood – but the Red Raiders matched them almost score for score. Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes threw two TD passes in the quarter – one to Jakeem Grant and the other to Bradley Marquez – and added a FG to make give Baylor a fragile 28-17 half-time lead.
In the third quarter disaster struck the Bears when QB Bryce Petty – their Heisman favorite, suffered a concussion shortly after a TD pass. Petty left the game and was replaced with QB Seth Russell, who finished the game 8-of-17 for 82 yards and a TD on his first drive that gave Baylor a 42-17 lead. But it wasn’t enough to completely put Texas Tech away. After the Bears took a 45-20 lead on a FG, Mahomes led the Red Raiders on three unanswered TD drives to make the score 45-40. Baylor answered with a FG to make the game 48-40, but the Red Raiders answered with a quick TD. But the two-point conversion attempt failed, saving the win for Baylor.
With the win the Bears have only one more game against the #12 Kansas State Wildcats, if they win they will once again be Big XII champions, and could very likely move into the #4 spot in the College Football Playoffs, replacing Mississippi State.