I think the text I received from my daughter says it all: "OMG, OMG, OMG!"
If you listen closely, you can hear it. Football purists screaming at televisions until they're hoarse in sports bars and in man caves across America, "play some defense," "cover that cover" and "please, block someone, anyone." Sadly, I just don't think that's going to happen here in San Antonio, Texas tonight.
After both teams obviously spent halftime drawing up new ways to score quickly, we saw two touchdowns in less than a minute. Baylor turned a Husky fumble into an 89-yard touchdown run by Terrance Ganaway, which was quickly followed by Washington's Jermaine Kearse scorching the Bears secondary for yet another long gain and subsequent touchdown.
Stats are still remarkably close but Baylor is edging slightly ahead in some areas. Baylor now leads in first downs, 29 to 21, rushing, 408 to 151 and time of possession, 23 to 21 minutes, but lags behind in passing, 360 to 240. The breakaway runs have proven to be the difference, as the Bears have really surged in this quarter to retake the lead.
The teams seem to be happy with trading touchdowns, and rather than throw down the defensive gauntlet, they instead have decided to go with the Arena Football League approach of, we're going to score 60 points...see if you can score more.
With at least one bowl record going down tonight—the 1,211 yards of total offense, set by Arizona State and Rutgers in 2005, and another, the 125 total points, set by Marshall and East Carolina, plus the total plays and total touchdowns records seemingly within reach, the fourth quarter will be just as exciting as the previous three if for no other reason than to watch the records fall.