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Baylor QB recruit Petty sparkles in Team USA triumph

July, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty turned in a scintillating performance to spark Team USA's 41-3 victory over Canada in the championship game of the Junior World Football Championships Sunday in Canton, Ohio.

Petty completed 14 of 14 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Americans to the victory over the No. 1-seeded Canadians in Sunday's championship game.  

The Americans won their three games in the tournament by a combined margin of 174-3.

Petty, a native of Midlothian, Texas, started the offensive fireworks for the American team on Sunday with a 17-yard TD strike to Florida Atlantic recruit Jamal Davis on the third play of the game.  

He later hooked up on a 47-yard TD strike to Oregon State recruit Kevin Cummings and a 34-yard scoring pass to Eastern Illinois recruit Erik Lora.

''The thing about a 14-14 that goes unnoticed is about 12 of those were a 5-yard hitch [routes] that [the receivers] just turned and went up the field," Petty told the Akron Beacon-Journal. "Basically what I am saying is, we have athletes.

"I have nothing to do with it. I could get my 12-year-old sister to go out there and throw 5-yard passes and they would do the same thing with it."

Baylor wide receiver recruit Tevin Reese of Temple, Texas, produced two catches for 17 yards in the championship game. And Texas A&M defensive end recruit Chris Henderson of Dallas Carter High School produced a tack.  

Petty finished the three games of the tournament by completing 25 of 30 passes for 382 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.

His NCAA pass efficiency ranking for those three games was 256.3. The NCAA's single-season record was set by Colt Brennan of Hawaii, who amassed a passer rating of 186.0 over the 2006 season. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford led the nation in pass efficiency last season with a rating of 176.5.

"I can't even put into words what this has been like. I am extremely blessed," Petty said.

Virginia Tech recruit David Wilson was named tournament MVP, leading Team USA's rushing attack with 10 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

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