The Baylor Bears’ entire season rides on Saturday’s game against the Kansas State Wildcats.
As the sixth-ranked team in the country, Baylor needs a big win against the No. 9 Wildcats to potentially leapfrog the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and possibly clear the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs, who Baylor already defeated earlier in the season.
The Bears’ hopes hinge on the health of quarterback Bryce Petty. The senior signal-caller suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Saturday’s 48-46 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Bears had to hold on to secure the victory without Petty in the lineup. There was a noticeable difference in the offense without its leader on the field.
However, Petty practiced Thursday, according to FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel, but he hasn’t been fully cleared to participate in Saturday’s contest.
I’m told Baylor QB Bryce Petty participated fully in practice today, is still progressing through concussion protocol.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 5, 2014
After the contest, Petty remained positive and stated he would play against Kansas State.
“I feel good. … On the field, it was a little muddy there,” Petty told the Associated Press last weekend. “It’s a new day and age now, where I guess they get upset about a few dingers and blurred vision. Just a little dinger, I’ll be all right.”
Petty has thrown for 2,893 yards, 25 touchdowns and only five interceptions this season. Sophomore Seth Russell played well when Petty was injured earlier in the season, but the Baylor will surely prefer to have its senior leader on the field when it faces the Big 12 Conference’s best defense.