Sept. 6, 2011
DALLAS –With its dramatic 50-48 upset win over No. 14 TCU, Baylor has been named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games through the extended opening weekend.
Junior QB Robert Griffin III, named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and National Offensive Player of the Week by Rivals.com and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, threw for a career-high five touchdowns to lead the Bears to their first win over a top-15 opponent since knocking off 12th-ranked Colorado on Sept. 14, 1991. Baylor’s 50 points scored were its most ever against a ranked opponent and the most allowed by the TCU defense since 2005.
Griffin III completed 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards, rushed 10 times for 38 yards and also caught a 15-yard pass on third-and-10 to extend the game-winning drive. RG3 made an appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay and later received a helmet sticker on ESPN’s College Football Final for his performance against TCU.
After posting its first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 16 Texas A&M in double-overtime on Oct. 30, 2004, Baylor debuted at No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. It is Baylor’s highest AP Top 25 ranking since the week of Nov. 11, 1991, when it was ranked No. 20 and the earliest it’s ranked since Sept. 7, 1993, when it was ranked No. 24 in the nation.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 3 included:
- LSU (1-0): The Tigers won the weekend's premier matchup of top-five teams, 40-27 over No. 3 Oregon in Arlington, Texas. LSU's defense and special teams each forced two turnovers as the Tigers scored 20 points off those takeaways, including returning a fumble for a touchdown.
- USF (1-0): The Bulls forced five turnovers, including a 96-yard fumble returned for a touchdown and an interception in their own end zone, that helped preserve a 23-20 win at No. 16 Notre Dame.
- UTSA (1-0): The Roadrunners won their program's inaugural game, rolling by Northeastern State (Okla.), 31-3. Quarterback Eric Soza threw for 237 yards and ran for 102 more, accounting for three touchdowns before an NCAA start-up program record crowd of 56,743 at the Alamodome.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the seventh season that the awarded has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the week, go to www.FootballWriters.com or www.FiestaBowl.org.
Baylor returns to action Sept. 17 when it hosts Stephen F. Austin at Floyd Casey Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.mygreenandgold.com/football/, by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center