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Football Bowl Eligible With Win Over KSU

Quarterback Robert Griffin throws past Kansas State  Brandon Harold, right, in the first half. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

Quarterback Robert Griffin throws past Kansas State Brandon Harold, right, in the first half. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

Oct. 23, 2010

 
BAYLOR (6-2, 3-1) 47, KANSAS STATE (5-2, 2-2) 42
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  1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH F
7
14
7
14
42
14
17
9
7
47
 
 STATS COMPARISON
First Downs 20
29
Rushing Att.-Yds
34-109
38-279
Passing Yds
298
404
Passing (C-A-I)
21-31-1
26-38-1
Total Offense
65-407
76-683
Punts-Avg. 4-41.5
2-42.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1
1-1
Penalties-Yds 8-45
6-66
3rd-Down Conversions 6-12
5-11
4th-Down Conversions 1-2
0-0
Time of Possession 28:20
31:40
 
Stat Leaders
Thomas
113
Rushing 250
Finley
Coffman
231
Passing 404
Griffin III
Quarles
131
Receiving 141
Gordon

 SCORING SUMMARY
Time Play
1st-11:52
Gordon 28 pass from Griffin III (Jones kick)
0 7
1st-7:38 Thomas 11 run (Cherry kick)
7
7
1st-0:38 Finley 2 run (Jones kick)
7
14
2nd-11:26
Coffman 5 run (Cherry kick)
14
14
2nd-8:25 Wright 52 pass from Griffin III (Jones kick)
14
21
2nd-5:13 Thomas 10 run (Cherry kick)
21
21
2nd-4:17 Gordon 47 pass from Griffin III (Jones kick)
21 28
2nd-0:04 Jones 22 field goal
21 31
3rd-13:04 Jones 30 field goal
21 34
3rd-12:51 Powell 100 yard kick return (Cherry kick)
28 34

3rd-6:25

Finley 2 run (2pt conv. failed)
28 40
4th-14:53 Wright 30 pass from Griffin III (Jones kick) 28 47
4th-14:36 Quarles 67 pass from Thomas (Cherry kick) 35 47
4th-0:07 Coffman 1 run (Cherry kick) 42 47

WACO, Texas (AP) - After 14 seasons of futility and lopsided losses in the Big 12, Baylor finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate Saturday night.

Jay Finley rushed for a school-record 250 yards, Robert Griffin threw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns and the Bears became bowl eligible for the first time since joining the conference, beating Kansas State 47-42.

Baylor (6-2, 3-1) has not played in a bowl game since 1994, back when the Bears were a member of the now defunct Southwest Conference.

Seconds after the game ended, hundreds of jubilant students climbed out of the stands and stormed the field to party with Baylor players and coaches. A few even made a run at the goal posts before being turned away by security.

These were sights many Baylor followers probably never expected to see. Not after watching the program lose 30 straight Big 12 games at one point and go 14-98 in league play from 1996-2009.

"We'll cherish this moment," Griffin said. "This is a day we'll always remember."

Griffin was 26 of 38 passing and Finley averaged 9.6 yards per carry to key an offense which gained 683 yards, breaking a school record that was set three weeks ago.

Baylor's offense was clicking from the start. The Bears ripped off 10 plays of 20 yards or longer and scored on eight of their first 10 drives.

Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright each had two receiving touchdowns for Baylor.

Finley broke Griffin's rushing record, which he set with 217 yards against Washington State in 2008. The senior running back became the fourth player in Baylor history to rush for more than 200 yards.

"The offensive line was making big holes, great holes," Finley said. "We just played great as a team today."

One week after thumping rival Kansas 59-7, the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) missed out on becoming bowl eligible. Kansas State hasn't played in the postseason since 2006.

William Powell returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Daniel Thomas rushed for 113 yards and two scores for the Wildcats, whose next three opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25.

"This wasn't just the defense," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "This was a team loss. We were inept at times when we needed to have success on both sides of the ball."

Powell's kickoff return brought the Wildcats within 34-28.

Kansas State caught a break when Finley fumbled just before getting to the end zone on an 82-yard run. Finley was originally ruled down, but Kansas State got the ball after the call was reversed.

The Wildcats didn't score on their next two drives and the Bears were able to pull away.

Finley powered in for a 2-yard touchdown run, his second of the game, and Griffin threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Wright to extend Baylor's lead to 47-28 early in the fourth.

Quarterback Carson Coffman's 1-yard touchdown run made it 47-42 with 7 seconds left. Baylor recovered an onside kick and took a knee on the final snap to clinch things, setting off the big celebration.

Baylor is the only Big 12 school that hasn't played in a bowl game.

"We wanted them to rush the field," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "We wanted that type of victory, and we felt like if we took care of business, that would happen. It's a tremendous feeling of accomplishment."

The game was delayed 1 hour, 47 minutes because of a thunderstorm. Four plays into the game, lightning was spotted in the area and players and coaches were sent back to their locker rooms.

When play resumed, Baylor's big-play offense went to work as it piled up 387 yards in the first half.

Griffin, who tossed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Wright earlier in the second quarter, hooked up with Gordon on a 47-yard scoring pass that gave Baylor the lead for good at 28-21 with 4:17 left in the first half.

Griffin has thrown for 10 touchdowns of 40 yards or longer this season, including six of more than 50.


 

 

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