Friday, December 30, 2011
Plenty of points, records in Alamo Bowl
AP Photo/Darren Abate
Robert Griffin III finished a Heisman-winning season in thrilling fashion
The Alamo Bowl may not have the prestige attached to it of some of the traditional New Year's Day bowls, but there will be a lot of statistically-driven memories from the 2011 version in which Baylor overpowered Washington, 67-56.
The teams combined to set bowl records for combined points, touchdowns and yardage in a regulation game. The only higher-scoring bowl game in history was the 2001 double-overtime clash between Marshall and East Carolina, in which the teams combined for 125 total points.
One of the most notable individual marks came from a surprise source-- the five rushing touchdowns by Baylor's Terrance Ganaway tied a record for a bowl game, shared by Neil Snow (1902 Michigan against Stanford in the Rose Bowl) and Barry Sanders (1988 Oklahoma State against Wyoming in the Holiday Bowl).
Baylor finished with a six-game winning streak, its longest since 1985, and finished with a 10-win season for the first time since 1980. The Bears will be ranked in the final AP poll for the first time since 1986.
The Bears also broke the bowl record for most yardage by a team, surpassing the mark of 718 yards set by Arizona State in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl.
Washington quarterback Keith Price accounted for seven touchdowns (four passing and three rushing), which is an individual bowl record, as noted in the chart on the right.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was overshadowed a bit by the work of his teammate. He finished the season with a pass efficiency of 189.5, breaking the FBS single season record that was previously held by Colt Brennan of Hawaii.
He'll wait to see how Russell Wilson (191.6) of Wisconsin fares in the Rose Bowl to see if he can stake claim to being the record holder for that stat at season's end.
Griffin III did complete 6-of-9 passes for 103 yards in the second half when Baylor was trailing. It was fourth straight win for the Bears in games that they trailed after halftime. Griffin's pass efficiency in the second half of games in which his team trailed was 211.2 this season, second-best in FBS behind Brandon Weeden's 212.3.
Griffin becomes the third straight Heisman winner to win a bowl game, joining Mark Ingram and Cam Newton.
It wasn't a surprise that the game was as high scoring as it was. Washington entered the contest 99th in the FBS in points allowed per game. Baylor was worse, at 109th.
Baylor had 10 plays that gained 20 yards or more, tied for its most such plays in any game since the start of the 2004 season.