During Baylor‘s 35-25 win over Kansas State on Saturday afternoon, it seemed as if each time the Bears were facing the prospect of falling out of the game, Bryce Petty would step up and make a huge play. This rang especially true early on in the fourth quarter when Petty dropped back and threw a cannon to an in stride Tevin Reese for a 54-yard pass that gave Baylor a 28-25 lead that they would not relinquish.
For the entirety of the game, Petty recorded 331 passing yards, a 57.1 percent completion percentage, three passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and zero turnovers, which are undoubtedly remarkable statistics. Furthermore, the fact that each of Petty’s passing touchdowns were 54 yards or longer only added to the fact that he had a a game for the ages, although it seems as it every week is a game for the ages for him in 2013.
Through the first four weeks of the season, Petty has easy work of Wofford, Buffalo, Louisiana-Lafayette and West Virginia, as he has helped Baylor jump out to a 4-0 record. Despite not finishing a single one of these four games, he compiled 1348 yards, a 72.8 percent completion percentage, 10 touchdowns and one measly interception.
Each game seemed to be a walk in the park for Petty, as he displayed the cannon of an arm and great accuracy that again made it seem so easy for him to tear apart Kansas State.
These types of efforts have come to signify the importance of Petty to Baylor’s 5-0 start to the 2013 season, and have quietly put his name into contention for the Heisman Trophy.
Some people will surely look at Petty and Baylor and ask who they have played, but one could ask that for a number of candidates in the race. What they can not do though is find any faults in the way that Petty played either on Saturday or during the first five games of the season.
This is because he has been incredibly accurate throwing the ball, shown the ability to throw a bomb downfield and even the ability to put a bit of finesse on a ball that requires it.
With upcoming games against Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas, Petty will have a plethora of opportunities to display his cannon of an arm on a heightened stage. Based on what he has done thus far in 2013, there is little reason to doubt that Petty will continue to tear apart defenses, and in the process establish his name as a definitive contender for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
Until then, Petty may just have to settle for being the contender who is exploding onto the scene of the conversation for the Heisman Trophy.