No. 2 Baylor loses QB Seth Russell to season-ending surgery

Baylor quarterback Seth Russell, left, is stopped on a running play by Iowa State defensive back Jomal Wiltz (17) in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 24, 2015, in Waco, Texas. According to team officials, Russell, who left the game after the play, suffered a fractured bone in his neck on the play. (Rod Aydelotte /Waco Tribune-Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Quarterback Seth Russell’s season is over for No. 2 Baylor.

Russell will have surgery to repair damage to his cervical vertebra. The surgery was recommended after Russell saw a specialist Monday, two days after getting hurt late in the Bears’ 45-27 victory over Iowa State.

The typical recovery time is six months.

Russell is the top-rated passer in the Bowl Subdivision, throwing for 2,104 yards with 29 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for six scores for the NCAA’s top offense (686 total yards, 61 points a game).

Freshman Jarrett Stidham will take over as the starter. He has played in every game so far, and has some extra time to prepare for his first start since the Bears (7-0) next play Nov. 5 at Kansas State.

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