Thursday's College Football Bowl Capsules
Friday, December 30, 2011
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III wasn’t dazzling — and didn’t need to be — as No. 15 Baylor pulled out a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in a record-smashing shootout Thursday night.
If this was RG3’s final showcase before jumping to the NFL, it was a gripping goodbye to watch. One of the nation’s most electrifying players was upstaged by an even more exciting game that shattering the previous record for points in regulation set in the 2001 GMAC Bowl.
Griffin had an unremarkable night, throwing just one touchdown pass and running for another. But Terrance Ganaway starred ably in his place, rushing for 200 yards and five touchdowns.
The previous bowl record for a regulation game was 102 total points set in the 2001 GMAC Bowl between Marshall and East Carolina. That game went to double overtime and ended with a combined 125 points — which still stands as the overall bowl record.
Washington quarterback Keith Price outplayed his Heisman counterpart, going 23 for 27 with 438 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for another three scores.
Griffin was 24 of 33 for 295 yards, and his only TD throw came on the game’s opening drive.
CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL: NO. 25 FLORIDA STATE 18, NOTRE DAME 14
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida State rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and used a pair of touchdown passes by E.J. Manuel and two field goals from Dustin Hopkins to slip past Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl.
The victory was FSU’s fourth straight bowl win. FSU receiver Rashad Greene, who caught one of Manuel’s touchdown passes, was named the game’s MVP.
The No. 25 Seminoles trailed 14-0 early in the third quarter before finding some momentum through the air. The Seminoles closed the gap to 14-9 with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Manuel to Bert Reed to open the fourth quarter, but failed on their 2-point conversion attempt.
They took the lead just 1:32 later after Nigel Bradham intercepted a Hendrix pass inside the Notre Dame 20 to set up an 18-yard touchdown catch by Greene to make it 15-14 with just over 13 minutes to play following another failed 2-point try.
The Seminoles added their second field goal of the game a series later.