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Baylor Vs. Washington: Bears Lead A History Making Night For Bowl Game Offense

Baylor's first bowl victory since 1992 (who could forget a 20-15 over Arizona in the "John Hancock Bowl?") came with an unforgettable flurry of points from the Bears' offense on a record setting night. The 67-56 win is a record for most points scored in regulation of any bowl game, ever. Courtesy of Baylor's sports information team, here are a few other accomplishments from last night's shootout:


• The win was the first for head coach Art Briles. He made his fifth bowl appearance as head coach and is now 1-4 overall. He was 0-3 in three bowl trips as Houston head coach (2003 Hawai`i, 2005 Fort Worth, 2006 Liberty) and 1-1 as Baylor head coach (2010 Texas, 2011 Alamo).

• Baylor set school bowl records for points in a quarter, half and a game.

• The 43 combined third-quarter points set a Valero Alamo Bowl record.


• Baylor’s 67 points are the most scored by a team in FBS bowl history (previous was 66 by Nebraska in 2000 Alamo Bowl).


• Baylor and Washington established a FBS bowl record for most combined points (123) in a regulation bowl game (previous was 2001 GMAC Bowl; Marshall and East Carolina were tied 51-51 before heading into overtime).


• Baylor and Washington established a FBS bowl record for most combined yards of total offense with 1,397, shattering the previous mark of 1,211 total yards set in the 2005 Insight Bowl.

• Baylor established a FBS bowl record for most yards of total offense with 777, shattering the previous mark of 718 total yards set by Arizona State in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl.

SB Nation's college football stats gangster Bill C. has a numerical breakdown of the Alamo Bowl up, which features a look at some the wonderfully stupid numbers put up by both teams:

3: 100-yard Baylor rushers. Running back Terrance Ganaway continued his absolutely torrid late-season stretch with 21 carries for 200 yards and five touchdowns. In his final three games in green and gold, Ganaway gained 598 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 86 carries. As the season progressed, opponents not named Oklahoma attempted to play the umbrella defense against Baylor -- unfold as wide as possible and attempt to prevent big plays. To some degree, it worked to control Heisman winner Robert Griffin III; Griffin was sacked four times and averaged only 7.5 yards per attempt. But Ganaway continuously punctured the umbrella. He is absurdly fast for a 240-pounder, and Washington simply had no answer for him. That Jarred Salubi (five carries, 101 yards) and receiver Tevin Reese (two carries, 101 yards; seven total touches, 167 yards) also gained 100 yards (and Griffin threw in 93 non-sack rushing yards) was just a bonus.

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