Oct. 4, 2010
IRVING, Texas – Baylor sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, as selected by a panel of media and announced by the conference office Monday.
Griffin III led the Bears to a 55-7 win over Kansas Saturday, giving Baylor its largest margin of victory ever in a conference game. RG3 threw for a career-best 380 yards and tied career highs with 26 completions, 36 attempts and three passing touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing, notching 64 yards on eight carries and adding a fourth touchdown on the ground.
The Baylor offense set a program record with 678 total yards, while RG3 set a program record of his own with 444 yards of total offense. He also completed the longest pass in school history when he connected with Josh Gordon on a 94-yard touchdown strike.
In addition to being honored by the conference office, Griffin III was also named Big 12 Player of the Week by Rivals.com, was awarded a “Helmet Sticker” by ESPN College Football Live, and had the No. 6 play of ESPN’s Top 10 when he recovered a snap that went over his head and scrambled to his left before finding Terrance Williams for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
B.J. Beatty (Colorado) and Ugo Chinasa (Oklahoma State) shared Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Jeremy Reeves (Iowa State) was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Griffin III was also named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 15, 2008, after he led the Bears to a 45-17 victory over Washington State. RG3 used his legs to carry Baylor to a win in that game, piling up 217 rushing yards on 11 carries. He became the first Baylor quarterback to ever rush for 200 yards in a game, and his 19.7-yard average shattered both the Baylor and Big 12 Conference single-game records.
RG3’s award marks the 19th time a Baylor player has earned a weekly award from the conference office. He joins Joe Pawelek, Daniel Sepulveda and Willie Andrews as the only Bears to earn multiple weekly honors. It also marks the fifth consecutive season a Baylor quarterback has been honored: Shawn Bell (2006), Blake Szymanski (2007), Griffin III (2008), Nick Florence (2009) and Griffin III (2010).
Baylor (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) returns to action at 11:10 a.m. Saturday when the Bears kick off against Texas Tech (2-2, 0-2 Big 12) in the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout at the Cotton Bowl. The game will be televised nationally on FSN and FSN HD.