by CFP Staff
December 30, 2011
Baylor's 67-56 thriller over Washington in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night (December 29) helped the Big 12 improve to 3-0, thus far, in the bowl season while the PAC-12 dropped to 0-3.
The game broke several records as Baylor rolled up 777 yards of total offense en route to its 67 points. And Washington QB Keith Price ran for 3 TD's and threw for 4 to set another record for combined touchdowns by a single player.
The two teams combined to set a record for total offense with 1,397 yards, and the 123 combined points set a record for total points in a regulation bowl game.
Baylor RB Terrance Ganaway, the game's MVP, rushed for 200 yards and scored 5 touchdowns while Heisman Trophy-winning QB Robert Griffin III completed 24-of-33 throws for 295 yards and 1 TD and ran 24 yards for another score.
The Bears had 482 net rushing yards as two other players joined Ganaway in topping the 100-yard mark - wide receiver Tevin Reese had 101 yards on 2 carries to go with his 66 yards on 5 receptions, and RB Jared Salubi had 101 yards on 5 carries that produced 2 touchdowns.
Baylor rallied from a 42-24 deficit early in the 3rd to quarter to outscore the Huskies 43-14 the rest of the way after Washington overcame a 21-7 1st quarter deficit to take a 35-24 halftime lead.
Baylor's first bowl win since 1992 extended its current winning streak to 6 games and gave the Bears a 10-victory season (10-3) for the first time since 1980 (10-2).
Baylor finished the season winning five straight Big 12 games in advance of their first appearance in the Alamo Bowl since 1994. The Bears beat Oklahoma and Texas in the same season for the first time in program history and spent 11 weeks ranked in the AP Poll - the most since being ranked 12 weeks in 1951.
4th-year Baylor head coach Art Briles led the team to their first bowl appearance in 16 years in 2010 and this year's bowl game marked the first back-to-back bowl appearances for Baylor since 1979-1980.
Baylor improved to 4-1 all-time vs. Washington.
The Huskies finished the season 7-6 overall after going 5-4 in the Pac-12 Conference and became just one of eight programs in the last 50 years to qualify for a bowl twice within three seasons after a winless record.
57.5% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Baylor to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected the Bears to come out on top by 7.44 points.