Initial thoughts: Alamo Bowl win gives Baylor football its program-record 10th win
The smiles on the faces of Art Briles, Robert Griffin III and the rest of the Baylor crew told the story: The Bears came from behind once again to claim their 10th win of the year, defeating Washington, 67-56, in the Valero Alamo Bowl Thursday night.
We’ll have a lot more Friday morning — video highlights, photos, news stories, etc. — but as the clock strikes midnight, the thing that comes to mind first tonight is this: Our headline earlier this week noted that Baylor is “more than just a one-man show,” and tonight showed exactly that.
Robert Griffin III was his usual excellent self, adding several more plays to his highlight reel and finishing with 350 yards total offense and two touchdowns. But tonight it was the Baylor running game — particularly senior Terrance Ganaway — that led the offense. Baylor rushed for nearly 500 yards, with three Bears each topping 100 yards on the night, led by Ganaway’s 200 yards and five touchdowns.
The other thing that stood out tonight: Baylor Nation once again showed up in full force, accounting for at least three-fourths of a sellout 65,256 crowd. Tonight played like a home game for Baylor, and that was likely a difference-maker in such a close game; Briles was quick to thank Bear fans for their support after the game.
This was the final game for seniors like Ganaway and receiver Kendall Wright (91 yards receiving and one TD, plus 28 yards rushing), and could be the last for RG3 if he decides to go pro. If so, what a way to go out; you could see Griffin just taking it all in post-game amidst the pyrotechnics, the balloons and confetti dropping, knowing that his team had just won its 10th game, matching the 1980 BU squad for most wins in a season.
Sic ’em, Baylor football!