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(AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty says he plans to play for the 10th-ranked Bears Saturday against Northwestern State despite two cracked small bones in his back. He says he feels great, a day after an MRI revealed the issue. Bears coach Art Briles said Petty won’t play if he’s not 100 percent.

The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year took a shot to the back on his first series of the season in a 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. Petty played only the first half, and was clearly in discomfort while throwing for 161 yards with two touchdowns.

In other college football news:

— Southern California’s Cody Kessler missed part of practice to undergo a procedure on one of his toes. But the Trojans starting quarterback says he’ll be ready to go when the 14th-ranked Trojans visit No. 13 Stanford on Saturday.

— Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is out indefinitely with an injured right shoulder, leaving Tanner McEvoy as the unquestioned starter for the 18th-ranked Badgers. Coach Gary Andersen says Stave needs to rest and has been dealing with the injury for a couple of weeks.


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