SAN ANTONIO — A record-setting offensive shootout came down to a defensive stop Thursday in the Alamo Bowl.
Baylor made it, stifling Washington's final drive with a fourth-down incompletion and following with what worked best all night: a long scoring run by tailback Terrance Ganaway.
Ganaway's fifth touchdown, a 43-yarder with 2:28 remaining, sealed a 67-56 triumph in the Alamodome in a game that included more total offense (1,397 yards) than any bowl game in history.
No. 12 Baylor finished with a school-record 777 yards, allowing the Bears to record their 10th win of the season despite allowing 612 yards to Washington.
With the victory, the Bears moved to 10-3 and matched the 1980 team, which finished with a 10-2 mark, for most wins in any season in school history.
"That was crazy. I've never been a part of anything like that... and I'd imagine a lot of other people could say the same thing," said Bears coach Art Briles, who watched three rushers top the 100-yard mark (Ganaway, backup tailback Jared Salubi, receiver Tevin Reese). Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 295 yards and a touchdown.
It could have been the last game of Griffin's college career. The fourth-year junior, who is projected as a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, said he will take his time and ponder his options before announcing a decision before the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft.
"I want Baylor Nation to enjoy this. It's not about me," said Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner who helped rally the team from a 42-24 third-quarter deficit. "We're going to enjoy tonight. We'll enjoy tomorrow and the next day and the next day... and whenever I have to make that decision, I will."
Washington7 28 14 7—56 Baylor 21 3 29 14—67
Bay—Wright 11 pass from R.Griffin (A.Jones kick), 11:14.
Wash—Price 5 run (Folk kick), 7:26.
Bay—Salubi 36 run (A.Jones kick), 6:03.
Bay—R.Griffin 24 run (A.Jones kick), :48.
Wash—Johnson 12 pass from Price (Folk kick), 11:32.
Wash—Aguilar 1 pass from Price (Folk kick), 4:52.
Wash—Price 15 run (Folk kick), 1:38.
Wash—Polk 56 run (Folk kick), :31.
Bay—FG A.Jones 42, :00.
Wash—Je.Kearse 80 pass from Price (Folk kick), 14:00.
Bay—Salubi 7 run (A.Jones kick), 11:06.
Bay—Ganaway 89 run (Monk pass from R.Griffin), 8:28.
Wash—Aguilar 13 pass from Price (Folk kick), 7:44.
Bay—Ganaway 1 run (A.Jones kick), 6:01.
Bay—Ganaway 1 run (A.Jones kick), :58.
Wash—Price 8 run (Folk kick), 9:40.
Bay—Ganaway 4 run (A.Jones kick), 8:15.
Bay—Ganaway 43 run (A.Jones kick), 2:28.
Rushing—Washington, Polk 30-147, Price 5-39, Callier 2-(minus 4). Baylor, Ganaway 21-200, T.Reese 2-101, Salubi 5-101, R.Griffin 18-55, Wright 4-28, Team 2-(minus 3).
Passing—Washington, Price 23-37-0-438. Baylor, R.Griffin 24-33-0-295.
Receiving—Washington, Je.Kearse 5-198, Aguilar 5-90, Seferian-Jenkins 5-59, Williams 3-19, Johnson 2-36, Polk 2-8, Callier 1-28. Baylor, Wright 7-91, T.Williams 6-62, T.Reese 5-66, Sampson 3-25, Norwood 1-23, Monk 1-15, Salubi 1-13.