WACO, Texas - Fighting through windy conditions, junior quarterback Bryce Petty finished off his first spring as the starter with an impressive 13-of-15 performance for 181 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's spring football game before an estimated crowd of 3,500 at the Highers Complex practice field.
The Bears also showed off their run-pass balance with Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk combining for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries. Overall, the first- and second-team offenses rolled up 478 yards on 78 plays in the 60-minute scrimmage.
"I thought both sides competed well," sixth-year Baylor head coach Art Briles said. "And I, honestly, thought it turned out about like it should have. I was extremely excited about the crowd. I thought the crowd was unbelievable. It just keeps getting better every year. That's something that we certainly don't take lightly, because support brings energy, and energy brings good results."
With winds blowing out of the south with gusts up to 35 mph, Petty said it was a "challenging" day to throw the ball. But he was near-perfect, missing on a couple sideline routes, and hitting Clay Fuller for a 34-yard TD and Jay Lee for a 55-yarder down the left sideline.
"It's something you just have to tough through," Petty said. "It makes it challenging, but it adds a new dimension to it. You're not going to play too many games indoors, so you just have to play through it."
On the first-team offense's first drive, Petty hooked up with Fuller on a 30-yard pass for a key third-down conversion. And then Martin finished it off with a 15-yard run up the middle.
Seastrunk and Martin got to show off their wheels on back-to-back series, scoring on TD runs of 44 and 66 yards against the second-team defense.
"The potential us unlimited," said Martin, who led the way with 114 yards and three TDs on 12 carries. "We've got a great quarterback in Bryce and two good running backs that run downhill and can make the big play. We're really going to keep defenses on their heels."
Senior cornerback Joe Williams shined on the defensive side, picking off a pair of passes by redshirt freshman quarterback Seth Russell, who was just 9-of-22 for 42 yards. The Bears' first-team defense didn't even give up a first down until the fourth series, when Devin Chafin picked up a tough yard on third-and-one.
Beau Blackshear, Shawn Oakman and Beau Trahan each had one sack, while safety Terrell Burt and defensive tackle Suleiman Masumbuko led the way with five tackles apiece.
Aaron Jones booted a 38-yard field goal with the wind behind him for the only score by the second-team offense.
Antwan Goodley, who had four receptions for 54 yards, made a diving catch over the middle for 29 yards to set up a TD run by Martin on fourth-and-one. And then Lee finished the scoring with his 55-yard catch on a rope from Petty.
Over the last week and a half of the 15-practice spring training, Petty "has really come on and grabbed a hold of what we feel like he can do and should do; and has kind of embraced it," Briles said.
"Since before we started spring, I've said he's got to be the guy," Briles said. "It's his fourth spring here, he knows what we're doing, and now it's time to turn potential into reality and reality into production. And that's what he's doing."
After wrapping up the spring session, the Bears will go back to off-season workouts and open fall camp in August. Baylor begins its final season at Floyd Casey Stadium with an Aug. 31 game against Wofford.
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