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QUICK HITS: Baylor 67 Washington 56

Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:26 am
Edited on: December 30, 2011 1:27 am
 


Posted by Tom Fornelli


BAYLOR WON. Well, Baylor did win the game, but in reality anybody who watched the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night won. Except for defensive coordinators around the country who no doubt found themselves curled up in the fetal position mumbling something about open-field tackling while drooling on themselves by the time this one was over. This is not an easy game to recap because so much happened. It's kind of like the night you went out to celebrate your 21st birthday. You know you had a good time doing it, but you don't remember most of it.

Still, I shall try.

There were 17 touchdowns scored in this game. That's one touchdown for every 3 minutes and 31 seconds of game time. Baylor and Washington combined for 123 points (2.05 points per minute) and 1,397 yards of total offense. Robert Griffin had 350 total yards and 2 touchdowns and he wasn't even the best quarterback in San Antonio as Washington's Keith Price went for 477 total yards and 7 touchdowns. And his team lost! Then there was Baylor's Terrance Ganaway, who rushed for 200 yards and 5 touchdowns (as a team Baylor rushed for 482 yards). Of the 17 touchdown drives in this game, 11 took less than 3 minutes off of the clock.

I'm not sure who the leading tackler was, but if he had more than 3 tackles I'll be shocked because I'm not sure there were 3 tackles in this entire game. It was insane, it was never-ending, and it was one of the greatest things that ever happened.

WHY BAYLOR WON. There's really no one thing that happened in this game that you can pinpoint as the reason that Baylor won, but if you had to give one of the "defenses" credit, I'd guess it would have to be Baylors. Not only did they hold Washington under 60, but the Bears outscored the Huskies 43-21 in the second half.

WHEN BAYLOR WON. The game came to an end when Washington faced a 4th and 8 in the final minutes while down 60-56 and couldn't convert. Though when Ganaway broke loose for a 43-yard touchdown a few plays later to make the score 67-56 with 2:28 left in the game, you legitimately wondered if Baylor had left too much time on the clock.

WHAT BAYLOR WON. Baylor won it's tenth game of the season, which is a huge milestone for the program. It also helped showcase just how insanely good a year Heisman winner Robert Griffin had. I mean, Griffin played on a Baylor team that allowed 35.7 points per game coming into this game, and gave up 56 points on the night, and the Bears still won 10 games. Wrap your head around that one. 

WHAT WASHINGTON LOST. Well, each player on Washington probably lost about 15 pounds in this game from running up and down the field for 60 minutes. Other than that, I'm not sure you can say the Huskies lost all that much. We saw the same Huskies tonight that we've seen all season: a team that is very capable of putting 50 points on the board but just as capable of allowing 60. Much like the team they played. Yes, this is a loss that stings as all losses do, but it won't be long before everyone on this Washington team looks back on this game and can do nothing but laugh at the insanity of it all.

THAT WAS CRAZY: Have you read this recap? This entire game was crazy.

FINAL GRADE: A++++++++. I'd give it more pluses but you probably get the point. No, this game was not the type of game that defensive-minded football fans would enjoy, but it was 60 minutes of pure entertainment. There is not a single doubt in my mind that anybody who watched will forever remember this Alamo Bowl.
Comments

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:37 am
 

QUICK HITS: Baylor 67 Washington 56

Embarassing football game......Baylor's Def coord should be coaching something else..........horrible




Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:56 am
 

QUICK HITS: Baylor 67 Washington 56

This game was terrible.  I didn't watch much college football this year, but I caught the final quarter of this mess.  I'm sorry, high scoring does not in and of itself mean good.  Shootouts are fun when full of offensive excellence; this was quite possibly the worst exhibition of defensive football I've ever seen from a non-high school game.  It was more of a train wreck type spectacle than an actual, well-played, entertaining game.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:23 am
 

QUICK HITS: Baylor 67 Washington 56

I am over the idea that lots of scoring equals a better game. I keep hearing about how terrible the Alabama/LSU game was because no touchdowns were scored. That was a great game with great defense played. I see this score (admittedly, I did not watch) and I think that the game was probably pretty bad. Good team have good defenses.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:08 am
 

QUICK HITS: Baylor 67 Washington 56

I'm glad I didn't watch it. Dumb dumb dumb... a game with this many points- both teams suck!


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