VALERO ALAMO BOWL
Baylor 67, Washington 56
Fast-break football. A basketball score. “It was like Arena Football.” Whatever you want to say about it, the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl may be the most entertaining football game of this season. When it was all said and done, the game broke the all bowls record for total yards with 1,397; Baylor had three players with over 100 yards rushing; and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin rallied his team from 18 down to close the books on an historic Baylor season as the Bears defeated Washington, 67-56.
Early on, Huskies QB Keith Price channeled his inner-Griffin rushing for two TDs and throwing for two more as Washington took a 35-24 lead at the half. Price would finish the night 23-for-37 for 438 yards and four touchdowns.
Trailing 56-53 midway through the fourth quarter, Bear RB Terrance Ganaway scored on a 1-yard run and, after Washington fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, Ganaway put the game away with a 43-yard score, his fifth TD of the game. Baylor rushed for 482 yards. Ganaway finished with 200 yards on 21 carries and Jarred Salubi and Tevin Reese each had 101 yards on the ground.
The game may have been the last in a Baylor uniform for Griffin. He has already graduated, has won the Heisman Trophy, and has led his team to a school-record 10 wins. No one knows for sure, but the star QB did say that he will make his decision soon. For more on Griffin and the Alamo Bowl, go here.
CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL
Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14
The Seminoles rallied in the second half scoring 18 unanswered points thanks to a pair of E.J. Manuel touchdown passes as FSU got its second straight bowl win under head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Turnovers once again did in the Irish. Statistically, the game was, for the most part even, but Notre Dame turned the ball over three times to FSU’s one. Irish QB Tommy Rees threw two interceptions, the first after he had led his team right down the field on the game’s opening drive. As had been Notre Dame’s nemesis earlier this season, Rees was picked off in the end zone to end that initial drive.
Despite the early turnover, the Irish went ahead 14-0 in the first half on a 29-yard fumble return by Zeke Motta and a nifty 5-yard touchdown reception by All-American Michael Floyd.
It was FSU that got hot in the second half. Manuel threw TD passes to Bert Reed (18 yards) and Rashad Greene (15 yards) within two minutes of each other to give the Seminoles the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.
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