Baylor vs Buffalo Preview

Will Baylor QB Bryce Petty be under the lights in Buffalo tonight? Photo Courtesy: Matthew Lynch
Will Baylor QB Bryce Petty be under the lights in Buffalo tonight? Photo Courtesy: Matthew Lynch

By Kendrick Johnson

Game Info
Baylor Bears vs Buffalo Bulls
Friday – September 12 – 7:00pm
UB Stadium – Buffalo

The Baylor Bears despite missing star quarterback Bryce Petty rolled over the Demons of Northwestern State 70-6 last week in the second game ever at McLane Stadium. Baylor coach Art Briles watched KD Cannon play a high school game last fall. Now the speedy receiver is already having an impact for the eighth-ranked Bears.

“Not surprised one bit,” Briles said.

Cannon burst past the Northwestern State secondary for TD catches of 50, 81 and 42 yards in the first quarter Saturday. That pushed the Bears (2-0) to a big early lead on way to the 64-point victory.

So far through two games the Bears have not given up a touchdown and have outscored SMU and Northwestern State by a combined score of 115-6. The Bears have another short week of preparation before playing Friday night at Buffalo (1-1).

Baylor closes a tough stretch by playing its third game in 13 days before getting a weekend off.

The big story at the beginning of the week has been, once again, the health of Petty and if he should play or not play. Petty, the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year, was out after cracking two small bones in his back in the first series of the series opener. However, Briles said Tuesday that Petty would play after watching him for two days in practice this week.

Buffalo is coming off a 47-39 loss at Army on Saturday as the Black Knights snapped a five-game losing streak. The Bulls gave up 341 rushing yards. Buffalo’s defense is still attempting to find its hard-hitting identity after losing several senior starters to graduation. The key loss was senior linebacker Khalil Mack, who was selected with the fifth pick by Oakland in the NFL draft.

Baylor’s running attack is no slouch as the Bears are averaging 263 yards rushing.

Baylor leads the series with Buffalo 3-0, taking the most recent meeting last Sept. 7 by a 70-13 score behind Petty’s 338 yards passing and two touchdowns on just 13 completions. Goodley had four catches for 124 yards and a score.

The only meeting at Buffalo was a 34-21 Bears win in 2007.