By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider
WACO, Texas - While neither side started fast the way they wanted, the Baylor defense seemed to get the best of it in a brief 40-minute scrimmage under the lights at McLane Stadium on Friday night.
Quarterback Bryce Petty was 9-of-13 for 106 yards and led the first-team offense to scores on two of its three series, while backup quarterbacks Seth Russell and Chris Johnson were a combined 11-of-17 for 121 yards and one TD.
"I think guys are kind of letting things happen instead of attacking it like we normally do," Petty said. "We'll get that cleared up; we'll get that fixed, for sure. And I think, too, we're at that point in camp where guys are ready. It's hard to stay focused when you're so ready to get to that first game. You're tired of banging up against the same people, seeing the same people. We're just ready and anxious to get out there against somebody else."
Head coach Art Briles said the Bears got what they needed out of the controlled scrimmage, which was the team's second time in the new $266 million, riverfront stadium in the last week. The main thing was they came out of it healthy.
"We wanted to be a little fresher, a little faster, a little more focused," Briles said. "But we're still eight or nine days away. When it's time to play, I feel very confident that we're going to be where we need to be and how we need to be. That's the most important thing right now is we need to think dominance.
"Like I told them, if it's a 15-round fight, we don't want to go 15. We want one round, and we're done. So, we've got to get our attitude set where we're prepared for dominance."
Petty was 2-for-3 for 22 yards on his first series, setting up a 36-yard field goal by freshman kicker Chris Callahan.
The last score for the No. 1 offense came on a 25-yard pass from Petty to Antwan Goodley, who made the catch between two defenders and despite an interference call.
"Antwan Goodley is a stud," Petty said of the All-American receiver, who led the way with three catches for 49 yards. "Just like those o-linemen, I kind of go how he goes. We really want to get him the ball early and get him tucking and trucking."
With the No. 3 units squaring off, Johnson connected freshman Jarrod Koym on a 23-yard TD pass to round out the scoring.
"I'm not going to say we're where we need to be," said sophomore safety Orion Stewart, "but we've definitely come a long way from where we started. We're going to be ready August 31. We still have some things to take care of, but we'll be ready."
The Bears' second scrimmage at McLane Stadium wrapped up the third week of fall camp. They will debut in the new stadium on Aug. 31 with a nationally televised matchup against SMU at 6:30 p.m. on FS1.
Antwan Goodley 3-49, TD; Tre'Von Armstead 2-27; Kaleb Moore 3-33; Jarrod Koym 1-23, TD; Lynx Hawthorne 2-21; Tanner Ritchey 2-21; Terrence Williams 2-19; Davion Hall 1-13; KD Cannon 1-9; Quan Jones 1-6; Johnny Jefferson 1-3, Ishmael Zamora 1-3.
Grant Campbell (1-6-7); K.J. Smith (0-4-4); Alfred Pullom (3-0-3); Taylor Young (1-2-3); Chance Waz (2-1-3); Orion Stewart (1-1-2); Terrell Burt (1-1-2); Ryan Reid (2-0-2); Bryce Hager (2-0-2); Collin Brence (0-2-2); Andrew Billings (1-1-2); Suleiman Masumbuko (1-1-2); Shawn Oakman (2-0-2); Andrew Morris (2-0-2); Jourdan Blake (2-0-2); Aiavion Edwards (1-0-1); Beau Blackshear (0-1-1); Travon Blanchard (1-0-1); Taion Sells (0-1-1); Verkedric Vaughns (1-0-1); Brian Nance (0-1-1); Terrence Singleton (1-0-1); Raaquan Davis (1-1-2); Tion Wright (0-1-1); Cordell Dorsey (1-0-1); Kendall Ehrlich (1-0-1).