It was as if someone was playing Thursday night’s Alamo Bowl with an Xbox controller.
Quite simply, you just don’t see what happened on Thursday night in San Antonio all that often in college football.
When all was said and done, players broke bowl game records for total yards in a game, touchdowns and touchdowns by a single player. The record for total points in a bowl game was just a mere three points from being broken as well.
By analyzing both Baylor and Washington on paper, one could come to the conclusion that the teams would score a lot of points. But no one predicted that they would score this many points.
Baylor actually eclipsed their basketball team’s output from the night before. (The football team scored 67 points, while the hoops team scored 54 in a win over 14th-ranked Mississippi State).
While Robert Griffin III made this game one of the more anticipated of the bowl season, his 295 yards passing and two touchdowns were more of an afterthought.
Instead, Bears running back Terrance Ganaway and Washington quarterback Keith Price were the two stars of the show.
Ganaway, one of three (no, that is not a typo) Bears rushers to have at least 100 yards on the ground, scored five of Baylor’s touchdowns. A truck could’ve driven through the holes made for Ganaway, but it was still a monster night for the senior running back.
However, the true superstar of the night was Price, who was relatively unknown by the majority of fans before the game started.
Price, who set a bowl game record with seven touchdowns, outplayed the Heisman winner. For a while, it looked as if he would be able to lead his team to an improbable victory.
But Baylor is the only team in the country that be down 42-24 in the third quarter and not be the least bit concerned.
The Bears came back with two touchdowns in the third quarter. In the fourth, the defense came alive (by Baylor’s standards, at least) and rose up to make a couple of key stops that led to a pair of Terrance Ganaway touchdowns.
It may not have been the most conventional game, but it was fitting considering who the leader of the winning team is.
Robert Griffin III brought excitement to the Baylor Bears. He brought excitement to all of college football.
While there was little defense to speak of, this game was pure, unadulterated excitement. Griffin may not have been the star of the game, but the Baylor Bears are still his team.
And the Baylor Bears couldn’t have embodied the spirit of their electric quarterback any better than on Thursday night.
After the game, Griffin was asked about his future plans. Although he is currently undecided, it seems that the only reason he would return to Waco next season is if he really enjoys the college experience.
Right now though, that doesn’t really matter.
If the Alamo Bowl was the last time we get to see RG3 suit up in a Baylor uniform, at least it was in a game that provided the kind of excitement only he could bring.