WACO, Texas – Bryce Petty and No. 10 Baylor had a nice housewarming party at their new riverfront campus stadium Sunday night, even though the quarterback was clearly not feeling his best.
Petty threw for 161 yards and accounted for three touchdowns while playing the first half of the Bears’ 45-0 season-opening victory over former Southwest Conference rival SMU.
Petty, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year, was held out in the second half because of a bruise to his lower back.
He moved gingerly at times and often grabbed as his lower back and side between plays after taking an early shot.
Big 12 champion Baylor led 24-0 after the first quarter, including TD drives of 6 yards after an SMU fumble and 4 yards after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.