Holiday Bowl 2012: Grading Baylor and UCLA's Performances

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Holiday Bowl 2012: Grading Baylor and UCLA's Performances
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The 55,000 in the stands at Qualcomm Stadium on Friday night for the Holiday Bowl were primarily UCLA constituents, but on the field it was all Baylor, as the Bears of the Big 12 Conference cruised to a 49-26 victory over the Bruins of the Pac-12.

Baylor dominated up front, eclipsing 300 yards on the ground en route to an overall overwhelming performance. The Bears secured a 35-10 halftime lead and coasted through the final two quarters of play. 

On the other side, the oft-maligned Baylor defense put together a strong performance against the high-flying UCLA offense, shutting down the Bruins' talented running back Johnathan Franklin.

With the win, the Bears improved to 8-5 on the year—a respectable finish while trying to replace 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. UCLA, meanwhile, will end its 2012 campaign at 9-5, a welcome change after consecutive losing seasons.

Here are the position-by-position grades for both teams from Friday night's Holiday Bowl.

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