Baylor’s Petty ready for Cotton Bowl spotlight


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty waited a long time for his turn to be Baylor’s starting quarterback.

After leading the Bears to their first two Big 12 championships, Petty wraps up his career Thursday in the Cotton Bowl against Michigan State. He says the championships mean everything to him.

The Bears (11-1) are in their first Cotton Bowl in 34 years after finishing fifth in the final playoff rankings, the first team out of the four-team lineup. They have consecutive 11-win seasons for the first time in school history.

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Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 with Petty as a backup. Petty, who then had a season as Nick Florence’s backup, is now 21-3 as a starter with two championships rings.