The No. 12 Baylor Bears outscored the Washington Huskies in a record-setting offensive shootout at the Valero Alamo Bowl, 67-56.
The Bears entered the game with one of the best offenses in the nation, led by Heisman winner Robert Griffin III at quarterback, senior wide receiver Kendall Wright and senior running back Terrance Ganaway. Washington also had a powerful offense behind quarterback Keith Price, who was healthy for the first time this year and running back Chris Polk.
Though Baylor and Washington both had powerful offenses, both teams had some of the worst defenses in the nations, ranking below the 100 mark for scoring defenses in FBS schools.
Griffin got things started early with an 11-yard pass to Wright who dodged defenders for a touchdown 3:49 into the first quarter. The Huskies responded with a score of their own, but Baylor then scored 14 unanswered points.
The second quarter was all Washington as they forced Baylor to punt once, forced Griffin to fumble once and held Baylor on a long fourth down play. The Huskies took advantage of all their possessions, scoring 28 unanswered to take a 35-21 lead. Griffin got the ball back with 31 seconds left on the clock and drove the Bears into field goal range, and kicker Aaron Jones reduced the Washington lead into the half, 35-24.
Washington struck quickly after halftime on an 80-yard pass play that resulted in a touchdown, but Baylor answered and outscored the Huskies 28-7 the rest of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter started with the longest drive of the game as Washington took 6:18 off the clock and cashed in for a rushing touchdown, taking the lead 56-53.
Baylor answered with another touchdown and then held the Huskies near midfield on a fourth down. Baylor then drove the field and scored one final touchdown to make the final score 67-56.
Of the 28 possessions in the game, 18 resulted in points. The teams set an FBS bowl record with 17 combined touchdowns. They also shattered the previous total combined yards bowl record with 1397 yards. The game also featured the most combined points in regulation of a bowl game, falling two points short of the record 125 points, which was set in a double overtime game. The game also featured a combined 59 first downs.
Griffin had a decent game with 24 of 33 passing for 295 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown, and he threw the block that allowed running back Jarred Salubi to get one of his rushing touchdowns. Baylor had three 100-yard rushers. Ganaway got 200 yards on 21 carries with five touchdowns. Ganaway’s five rushing touchdowns tied a bowl record for rushing touchdowns and most touchdowns scored. Salubi rushed for 101 yards on five carries and wide receiver Tevin Reese got 101 yards on carries. Baylor ended up with 482 total rushing yards and 777 yards of total offense. Baylor’s 777 yards of total offense was a bowl game record and the most yards of total offense by Baylor in school history.
For Washington, Price had a stand out performance, completing 23 of 37 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 39 yards and three touchdowns. Price’s seven touchdowns and 42 points both became new bowl records. Polk carried the ball for 147 yards on 30 carries and scored one touchdown. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse had five catches for 198 yards and one touchdown.
The win marks Baylor’s first bowl win since 1992 and gave them its second 10-win season in school history (Baylor finished 10-2 in 1980).