Sept. 6, 2008
WACO, Texas- Robert Griffin tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for another, and Baylor posted its largest margin of victory since 1989 in a 51-6 victory over Northwestern State at Floyd Casey Stadium.
In his first career start, Griffin was 15-of-19 passing for 294 yards and no interceptions. He also rushed 10 times for 42 yards. Griffin's 336 yards of total offense tied for the 13th-best tally in school history, second all-time at Baylor by a freshman. His passing yardage total ranked 21st in school history.
Meanwhile, Jay Finley paced Baylor's rushing attack with 91 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. Finley also a 47-yard touchdown reception.
Baylor got out of the gates quickly, building a 23-0 lead after one quarter. It was the most first-quarter points by a Baylor team since the Bears scored 24 points at Rice in 1992.
Griffin started the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Ernest Smith, but the extra point failed. Less than three minutes later, Finley found the end zone from 40 yards out; it was a career-long run. After Ben Parks' 20-yard field goal pushed the Bears' lead to 16-0, Griffin scored on a three-yard run with 1:11 remaining in the opening period.
Finley extended the Bears' lead to 30-0 with a 35-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Northwestern State got on the board and capped the first-half scoring with a pair of second-quarter field goals, but that was the end of the scoring for the Demons.
Griffin added scoring passes of 32 yards and 47 yards to Thomas White and Jay Finley, respectively, before exiting the game late in the third quarter. Kirby Freeman connected with Jay Finley for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 2:46 remaining in the game to conclude the scoring.
Baylor tallied 537 yards of total offense, its best outing since a 546-yard performance against Samford in 2002.
Finley became the first Baylor player to record a touchdown rushing and receiving since Paul Mosley accomplished the feat at Oklahoma State in 2004.
Meanwhile, the Baylor defense held Northwestern State to 190 yards -- the best team effort since holding Arkansas State to 172 yards in 2001.
Joe Pawelek led the way defensively with 10 tackles, his second consecutive double-digit tackle game and the seventh such outing of his career. His final tackle was his 200th career tackle.
White's touchdown reception was the 11th of his career, moving him into an eighth-place tie on Baylor's all-time list.