Baylor beats Washington in record-setting Alamo Bowl

Baylor 67, Washington 56

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SAN ANTONIO — If that really was Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III’s final college game, what an incredible way to go out.

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Baylor's Terrance Ganaway (center) ran for 200 yards and five touchdowns in the bowl win. His performance helped seal the Bears' first 10-win season since 1980.  Darren Abate/Associated Press
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Baylor's Terrance Ganaway (center) ran for 200 yards and five touchdowns in the bowl win. His performance helped seal the Bears' first 10-win season since 1980.

Just ask him.

“We went out in style!” Griffin shouted to his teammates.

It was amazing the Baylor quarterback had any breath left at all. Not after a record-shattering Alamo Bowl that might not only be remembered as the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history, but also possibly as Griffin’s last addition to his legacy in Waco.

The AP Player of the Year wasn’t dazzling Thursday night, but he didn’t need to be as No. 15 Baylor still pulled out an incredible 67-56 victory over Washington.

Griffin, one of the nation’s most electrifying players, was upstaged by an even more exciting nail-biter that shattered the previous record for points in regulation set in the 2001 GMAC Bowl.

Griffin said he’ll look into his draft status soon enough.

For now, there was still the craziness of this game to sort through.

“I want Baylor nation to enjoy this,” Griffin said. “It’s not about me. I’ve got about two weeks. I’ll enjoy this the next day, and then the next day, and then I’ll make it.”

The previous bowl record for a regulation game was 102 points in the 2001 GMAC Bowl between Marshall and East Carolina.

That game went to double overtime and ended with a combined 125 points, which still stands as the overall bowl record.

“We just knew we needed to score,” Washington quarterback Keith Price said.

“We needed to score fast, just to give our defense a boost.”

Griffin had an unremarkable night, throwing just one touchdown pass and running for another score.

But Terrance Ganaway starred ably in his place, rushing for 200 yards and five touchdowns.

His last was a 43-yard run with 2:28 left to seal Baylor’s first 10-win season since 1980.

Price outplayed his Heisman counterpart, going 23 for 27 with 438 yards and four touchdowns.

He also ran for another three scores.

“I think we’ll have a hard time this bowl season to see a quarterback play as well as he did,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.

Griffin, the first Heisman Trophy winner to play in a pre-New Year’s Day bowl game since Brigham Young’s Ty Detmer did it in 1990, was 24 of 33 for 295 yards.

BY THE NUMBERS

1,397 – Combined total of yards, a bowl record

777 Total team yards for Baylor

664 Combined total rushing yards

123 Most points in a bowl game in regulation

59 First downs


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