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Date: Saturday, December 31, 1994
The second annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl was definitely a defensive battle between the Pacific-10 Conference's Washington State Cougars, ranked No. 24 in the country, and the Southwest Conference`s Baylor Bears.
With the nation`s second-ranked defense, Washington State stifled the Baylor offense. The Cougars held Baylor, which set a school record with 359 points during the 1994 regular season, to just 151 yards of total offense. The Bears finished the game with the fewest points, fewest first downs and fewest rushing yards of the season. Not to be outdone, Baylor`s physical defense also limited Washington State to just seven yards rushing.
The first points of the game were scored when Washington State quarterback and Offensive MVP Chad Davis connected on a 32-yard pass to Albert Kennedy. On the following play, running back Kevin Hicks scored on a 1-yard run up the middle to give Washington State the only touchdown of the game and a 7-0 lead. Davis, who set three bowl passing records, completed 27 of 35 passes for 286 yards. In the process, Davis established Builders Square Alamo Bowl records for most pass attempts, most completions and most yards passing.
With 1:57 left in the first half the Cougars extended their lead to 10-0 when they drove 50 yards to set up a 37-yard field goal by Tony Truant. Baylor`s attempts to score in the first half were close but unsuccessful. However, the Bears did manage to score with 1:53 left in the third quarter when Jarvis Van Dyke connected on a 36-yard field goal to cut Washington State`s lead to 10-3.
The 44,106 fans were on the edge of their seats during the last few minutes of the fourth quarter when Baylor had a chance to tie the game. With 2:22 left in the game, quarterback Jeff Watson threw a 33-yard strike to Kalief Muhammad, giving the Bears a first down on the Washington State seven yard line. But Baylor`s chances were crushed when Washington State safety Todd Jensen intercepted Watson`s pass in the end zone with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
San Antonio native and former Judson High School star Jerod Douglass was Baylor`s leading rusher, accounting for 42 yards on 13 carries in his homecoming. He also caught 2 passes for 16 yards in his first game in San Antonio since his senior season at Judson in 1993.
Washington State ended the season at 8-4 and ranked 19th in the final 1994 USA Today/CNN Coaches Poll and 21st in the final 1994 AP Poll. Baylor finished the 1994 season with a 7-5 record and a share of the SWC title while also setting all-time school records for points scored and total offense.
With 44,106 fans in attendance, the game was the fourth largest football crowd in Alamodome history at the time. The 1994 Builders Square Alamo Bowl received a 3.9 rating on ESPN, making the game the seventh-highest rated show on cable television for the week of December 26, 1994.
Washington State's victory gave the Pac-10 an overall 8-3-1 record against the Southwest Conference in bowl competition. Washington State quarterback Chad Davis earned Offensive MVP honors as he threw for 286 yards on 27-of-35 passing. Cougar linebacker Ron Childs led the defensive charge and was named Defensive MVP.
Baylor safety Adrian Robinson was awarded the 1994 Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Trophy. The award was chosen in a vote by the seven game officials from the Big Eight Conference.
Five Washington State players and one Baylor player participated in he 1995 postseason collegiate all-star games. Four Washington State players and one Baylor player were also selected in the 1995 Draft. WSU linebacker Mark Fields was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints.