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Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011
ATTENDANCE: 65,256 (Fifth-highest in Valero Alamo Bowl History)
Offensive MVP: Terrance Ganaway, Sr., RB, Baylor
Defensive MVP: Elliot Coffey, Sr., LB, Baylor
Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award: Senio Kelemete, Sr., OT, Washington
With Baylor taking a 21-7 lead to start the game, the 28 combined points was the most points scored in the 1st quarter in the history Valero Alamo Bowl.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Baylor scored a touchdown in each of its first three possessions for the first time this season.
4K AND COUNTING FOR THE HEISMAN
On Baylor’s first drive, QB Robert Griffin III surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the season, finishing with 4,291 yards.
A HALF FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
With Washington taking a 35-24 halftime lead, the 59 combined points set a Valero Alamo Bowl record for points in a half. In the very next half, the two teams combined for another record, this time scoring 64 points in the second half. Prior to the game, the previous record was 55 combined points, which was scored in the first half of the Nebraska vs. Northwestern game in 2000.
IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND
Washington QB Keith Price broke the Valero Alamo Bowl record with seven total touchdowns, finishing with four passing and three rushing. The previous record was four total touchdowns, held by Chad Henne in 2005 and Eric Crouch in 2000.
YARDS, YARDS, AND MORE YARDS
Washington and Baylor broke the combined total offense record of any bowl game in BCS history with 1,397 yards. The previous all-time bowl record was 1,211 total yards in the 2005 Insight Bowl. The previous Alamo Bowl record was 1,019 total yards in 2000.
POINTS, POINTS, AND MORE POINTS
Washington and Baylor set the all-time bowl record for combined points in regulation, and second-most overall with 123. In the 2001 GMAC Bowl between Marshall and East Carolina, the teams combined for 102 points in regulation and 125 points overall after overtime. The 17 touchdowns scored in the game is also a new NCAA bowl record.
SPREADING THE WEALTH ON THE GROUND
Baylor finished with three players rushing over 100 yards and eight total touchdowns on the ground. Terrence Ganaway finished with 200 yards rushing and five touchdowns, Jarred Salubi and Tevin Reese each had 101 yards rushing, with Salubi scoring twice. Griffin III had the eighth rushing touchdown for Baylor.
MOVING THE CHAINS
Baylor set a Valero Alamo Bowl record with 777 total yards of offense and 33 first downs. Washington finished with 620 total yards and 26 first downs.
There were five lead changes and two ties in the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl. Baylor overcame an 18-point deficit.
BRINGING HOME THE TROPHY
Baylor captured its first bowl win since the 1992 John Hancock Bowl. The 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl represented head coach Art Briles' first bowl victory as a head coach.
THE DRIVE FOR 10
2011 represented only the second 10-win season for Baylor Head Coach Art Briles. The program's other 10-win season came under Grant Teaff in 1980.
IMPROVING IN TEXAS
Baylor is 4-5 all-time in bowl games in the state of Texas, including a loss in its only other Alamo Bowl appearance in 1994.
Six of the 36 Alamo Bowl team records were broken in the game, while a whopping 15 of the 30 individual records were broken in one night.
MORE RECORDS BROKEN
Baylor's Terrance Ganaway’s 89-yard touchdown run in the third quarter is the longest in school history and the longest in Alamo Bowl history. Griffin III is the first quarterback in school history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a single season.
Washington quarterback Keith Price hrew for 438 yards in the game, which is the second-most in Huskies history.