Any hopes that Baylor has to qualify for the College Football Playoff now rests on a third-string quarterback.
The school confirmed on Wednesday that quarterback Jarrett Stidham will miss the remainder of the regular season with a broken bone in the back of his right ankle, which he suffered in the first half of the team’s 45-35 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Briles said on ESPN Radio that Stidham will be in a walking boot for 2-3 weeks, but he will be available for a bowl game.
Sophomore Chris Johnson takes over at quarterback for the Bears. He replaced Stidham against Oklahoma State and completed 5-of-10 passes for 138 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson played receiver earlier this season, catching three balls for 37 yards.
His first career start comes on Friday against TCU.
Baylor still has high hopes for this season. With wins over TCU and Texas to end the season, the Bears can win the Big 12 with an Oklahoma loss to Oklahoma State. That might also mean a berth in the College Football Playoff.
Baylor is 9-1 despite losing No. 1 quarterback Seth Russell on Oct. 24th due to a season-ending neck injury. Stidham, a true freshman, started the next three games.