Baylor, Washington smash offensive records in Alamo Bowl
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for nearly 300 yards Thursday, but the Bears' running game was more eye-popping.
December 30th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

Baylor, Washington smash offensive records in Alamo Bowl

If you ever wanted to see two skillful college football offenses make the presence of two defenses look fairly pointless, Thursday night’s Alamo Bowl was your chance.

No. 15 Baylor and Washington obliterated bowl records - including those for combined points in a regulation bowl game and yards of total offense - in Baylor’s 67-56 come-from-behind victory in San Antonio, Texas.

“I'll say the Valero Alamo Bowl and ESPN got what they were hoping for tonight,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said after the televised matchup. “What a game. ... (Baylor wasn’t) the No. 2 offense in the country just for a fluke.”

Baylor, helped by a typically fine night from Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, had a FBS bowl record 777 yards of total offense. But the most-eye popping output might have come from Baylor running backs Terrance Ganaway, Tevin Reese and Jarred Salubi, each of whom ran for more than 100 yards, sometimes untouched for dozens of yards at a time.

Ganaway alone ran for 200 yards and five touchdowns. Griffin threw for a touchdown and 295 yards, and ran for 55 more and another touchdown.

The Bears needed the burst, having fallen behind by 18 points early in the third quarter before exploding for 29 points in that stanza and 14 more in the next.

Washington’s offense acquitted itself well in the slugfest. Quarterback Keith Price threw for 438 yards and four touchdowns.

Though offensive players created much of their success - making the right reads, running good routes, throwing crucial blocks – the defenses didn’t pose too many problems. Chris Spielman, a former NFL linebacker who was giving color commentary for ESPN, was beside himself by the third quarter, criticizing cornerbacks for forcing wide receivers the wrong way, lamenting huge holes in zone coverages and wondering how running backs could go so far without as much as a tap on the shoulder pads.

Spielman's exasperation earned him a spot on Twitter's trending list for a while during the game, with people making more than a few entertaining tweets about his disappointment in the defenses.

“I think what you saw is explosive offensive football, great job of coaching on the offensive side of the ball. That being said, I’ve never seen anything like it on the defensive side, to give up that many yards: 777 total yards given up by the Washington Husky defense,” ESPN's Spielman said after the game.

The teams set an FBS record for most combined points (123) in regulation in a bowl game. The record for most points in a whole FBS bowl game still stands at 125 (2001 GMAC Bowl, Marshall against East Carolina), but that included overtime.

Baylor and Washington also set an FBS bowl record for most combined yards of total offense with 1,397. The old record was 1,211, set in the 2005 Insight Bowl.

Baylor’s 67 points are the most scored by a team in FBS bowl history, surpassing Nebraska’s 66 points in the 2000 Alamo Bowl.

The Bears’ new FBS bowl record of 777 yards of total offense surpasses the 718 yards recorded by Arizona State in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl.

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  1. Jeff

    Not nice at all. Take your loss like a non-racist.

    December 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aryan

      Why should racists take a loss "like non-racists"? Are you seriously asking people to lie about their feelings to please you?

      December 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NyteShayde

    She's no Husky fan if she talks like that.

    December 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sanman

    I wish you would visit the Baylor locker room and repeat your comment. There were 22 human beings on the field playing a wonderfully entertaining game.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Game James

    @chrissy...not worth the syntax. Miserable lout.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mean Joe Green

    Neither team deserves to be in a bowl game after that display of defense. I'd fire the coaches of the defenses from both schools. Darn right embarassing. Shame

    December 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    It's hard to call a display like that "great football," with such outmatched defenses on both sides, but that said... watching such offensive firepower erupt left and right is FUN. Both Washington and Baylor moved the ball with grace and guts. It was exciting stuff to watch. With a little more defense on display, and a little more balance, the game could have been a classic... but it was super fun anyways. Thumbs up!

    December 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      (...and I'd rather watch that game on a loop for five days than sit through LSU-Bama 1 again even once....)

      December 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Not much defense, but one heck of a fun game to watch.

    December 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity and democracy?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. realist

    He may look like an ape but he's smarter than you will ever be. More ambitious too. In high school he managed to keep a 4.0 graduted with honors and still managed to win state meets in track, lead his football team to two consecutive state championships, all state honors in football, and tried out for the olympics. Your sorry ass couldnt even understand how hard that is.

    December 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. realist

    Not to mention he has a 3.7 at baylor and he is thinking about working on his masters. Which he should cause we need better black role models in this world and thats exactly what RG3 is gonna be.Oh yea and he won the Heisman. lol All that hard work and dedication and white people still hate him. SMH

    December 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    The SEC is such a joke! I'm generally reptty skeptical when it comes to believing in conspiracies, but the way that Bama and Florida keep squeaking out wins partially due to poor calls smells reptty fishy to me. It's too bad that the national media and coaches are not seeing through this crap and voting appropriately. Instead of the typical East Coast bias, I guess we are seeing a Southern bias.

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