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Forget Ike: Hurricane Baylor Blows Washington State Away 45-17

Justin YoungAnalyst ISeptember 13, 2008

The Baylor Bears were scheduled to take on the Washinton State Cougars at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, but with Hurricane Ike approaching, the game was moved to the night before to ensure that no storm would ruin it for either team.

But instead of Ike, Hurricane Baylor hit the field and avenged a 2006 loss to the Cougars with a 45-17 win.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin ran for a school-record 217 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. He would throw for 129 yards and a touchdown as well.

But it wasn't just the freshman star that made an impact. The Baylor defense came alive last night, as defensive leader Joe Pawelek recorded a fumble recovery and an interception in the first half, along with an interception from Dwain Crawford and fumble recoveries from Vincent Rhodes and Chris Francis.

WSU's Kevin Lopina recorded 174 passing yards, going 17-for-26, and getting sacked six times. He would run for one of the Cougars' two touchdowns, with Chantz Staden getting the other.

Baylor (2-1) will face Connecticut (Wake Forest's bowl opponent last year) in their second straight Friday night game next week on ESPN. Can Griffin and the Bears get a much-needed win before going into Big 12 play?

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