Baylor Quarterback Bryce Petty Back in the Heisman Race After Beating TCU


TCU Horned Frogs Beats Baylor Bears 61-58

Player of the Game: Bryce Petty-28/55 for 510 Yards, 6 Touchdowns; 10 Carries for 23 Yards

Going into Saturday, we had legitimate questions about Bryce Petty. The preseason Heisman candidate had an injury to start the year and was battling some inconsistent play. Then, he and the Baylor Bears dug a hole as they were trailing by 3 touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Sure, Petty had 4 touchdowns at the time, but they seemed like meaningless touchdowns in a game that TCU would run away with. We were all ready to give the Horned Frogs credit as the Power Team in the Big 12.

Then came the final 11 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Petty didn’t just play quarterback for a team that led an amazing comeback. He didn’t just throw 6 touchdowns in this game. He thre 6 touchdowns in an epic comeback victory against a team with a loaded defense.

TCU’s defense is the one thing we were all impressed with. It’s what Gary Patterson is known for. It’s what the Horned Frogs have done for years en route to getting them into the Big 12.

When they made it to 4-0 this year, that defense had officially made it as a legitimate Power Five, dominant unit.

Then came the rest of the fourth quarter.

Petty torched this dominant defense. He threw for 510 yards and 6 touchdowns in his best game this season. That game alone has put him back in the Heisman discussion.

And Baylor has earned its right as the best team in the Big 12.

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  • Yes, TCU got robbed to a small degree by a terrible pass interference call that kept Baylor’s final drive alive. But that was one play in a game that ended with a 61-58 score. You can’t put the whole game on that call.

    And you can’t use that call to take away from Petty’s performance. The Bears are a legitimate contender, and Petty is back in the Heisman race. Even though he threw 2 interceptions, his play throughout the game, particularly the fourth quarter, was incredible. And when you dominate the fourth quarter the way he did in a huge game, that’s a Heisman-worthy performance. Add to it the fact that Petty is still injured, and the points for him only go up.

    Kudos to Petty, and Kudos to Art Briles and Baylor for pulling this game out.