Bryce Petty: Baylor still has room to improve after beating TCU


The film session of Saturday's 61-58 win over TCU could be best described as a marathon for the Baylor offense. The Bears ran 109 plays (plus a few called back via penalty), racked up 782 yards of offense, and stormed back in the fourth quarter after being down 21 points.

Even after watching every snap of the offensive fireworks, quarterback Bryce Petty -- a self-admitted perfectionist -- still didn't seem content with everything he saw on tape.

"The craziest thing about it is, there's still stuff we left out there," Petty told College Football 24/7 on Monday. "We didn't even budge those first four drives, and it wasn't really anything special they were doing."

Petty had his most productive day as a passer for Baylor against a tough TCU defense, which had limited the team in several prior meetings. Petty threw 55 passes for 510 yards and six touchdowns, leading the team to a dramatic come-from-behind victory that kept the team's record perfect.

He did, however, throw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown with just over 11 minutes left in the game, putting the team in the deep hole it had to dig itself out of. Despite the momentum swing the other way, Petty didn't dwell on the mistake and instead came out firing.

"No heads were down, nobody was frustrated. It was pretty much, 'Hey, we're going to get the ball back, and let's go,'" he said. "I wanted the ball back because I wanted to help us win after putting us in a tough spot."

Petty noted he felt the middle of the field was there on the throw that was intercepted, but he simply never saw Marcus Mallet, who returned the ball 49 yards to give the Horned Frogs a 58-37 lead. Petty didn't dwell on the mistake at the time, citing a cornerback's mentality after getting beat, but he was after watching the film.

It didn't take long for Petty to redeem himself, though, leading three touchdown drives of less than 90 seconds to tie the score before setting up the eventual winning field goal from Chris Callahan. The dramatic win helped move the Bears into the top five in most polls and keeps them in serious College Football Playoff contention.

While the Bears will definitely be using the win as a springboard heading into this week's matchup at West Virginia, Petty said such talk of postseason play isn't being brought up in the locker room after a win over a top 10 team.

"You can't pay attention to that stuff, because it's such a week-to-week deal," Petty said. "They're high on you one week and low on you the next. Though if you play for Baylor, they're always low on you."

Petty laughed after that last line, but it appears Baylor is still maintaining that chip on its shoulder despite rising into legitimate playoff discussion.

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