The Baylor Bears won Saturday, but suffered a large loss in the process. Junior quarterback Seth Russell suffered a fractured bone in his neck late in the 4th quarter of their victory against Iowa State. The injury appears to have occurred on a 4th quarter 3rd down deep in Iowa State territory. Russell scrambled for the first down, and lowered his head to gain extra yardage. When he did so, an Iowa State player came in hard as well, and the hit heads. Russell appeared uneasy after that, calling timeout as the Bears attempted a short field goal. After that play, backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham led the Bears offense on the subsequent touchdown drive.
Russell has been one of the rising stars of the 2015 season, Russell has passed for 2,104 yards, and a nation's best 29 touchdowns. He has also added 402 yards of rushing and another 6 touchdowns on the ground. With the injury, Russell is out indefinetly, and will see a specialist to get a better idea of his recovery timeframe.
Jarrett Stidham will now take over the Baylor offense. The highly regarded high school recruit just one year ago, has already thrown 6 touchdowns in limited action in 2015. The Bears will also move Chris Johnson, who converted to wide reciever/tight end during fall practice, back to quarterback.