This is my second go-around at a high-scoring bowl game—actually record-setting, high-scoring bowl games.
I was at the record-setting Marshall vs. East Carolina GMAC game in 2001. But by halftime, the game seemed out of reach with ECU up 38-8, the weather in Mobile, Alabama had turned unseasonably cold, and my eight-months-pregnant wife was waiting at home...so I left.
I also kicked myself the entire 30-minute drive home as I listened to the game on the radio. That simply wasn't going to happen tonight. What fool would leave the highest scoring game in NCAA bowl history twice in his life? Not me!
Apparently, when no one was watching, perhaps at one of the fabulous restaurants along San Antonio's famed Riverwalk, Baylor's Art Briles and Washington's Steve Sarkisian made a gentleman's agreement to not play defense during the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl.
The real story wasn't Baylor defeating Washington; that was merely the outcome. The story was the FBS bowl records that fell in tonight's game—several of which were thought to be out of reach even in an obviously offensive-minded game like this one.
The outcome never seemed sure until Washington failed to convert on a fourth down with just over two minutes to play. Until that point, it was a track meet wrapped in an Arena football game stuffed in a bowl game.
Tonight we saw the records for total combined yards (1,400), total combined touchdowns (17), most yards gained by a team (780 - Baylor ) and most points by the winning team (67 - Baylor). Other records were tied, including total combined rushing touchdowns (8) and Terrance Ganaway, the game's MVP (30 points scored) on five rushing touchdowns.
Anyone who was here tonight will have a hard time forgetting what they saw: both teams seemingly scoring at will, running and passing without impunity and both defenses mysteriously absent.
Congratulations, Baylor, on your 10th win of the season.