Homecoming Heroes

Over five hours after the opening kickoff, Robert Griffin took a knee that ended a marathon game that was interrupted by a nearly two hour rain delay. It also put an end to a bowl drought dating all the way back to 1994. For the 40,000+ Baylor fans that fought off the storm, it was worth every second.

The Baylor offense had another record setting day, putting up 683 yards of total offense in Baylor's (6-2, 3-1) 47-42 win over the #22 Kansas State Wildcats (5-2, 2-2). It was the Bears' fourth consecutive game with over 500 yards of total offense. Baylor running back Jay Finley also set a school record, rushing for 250 yards on 26 carries.

Baylor struck first as Griffin hooked up with Josh Gordon for a 28 yard touchdown pass. The Bears and Wildcats traded scores for most of the first half until Griffin and Gordon connected again for a 48 yard touchdown with 4:17 left in the second quarter to make the score 28-21. Aaron Jones made a 22 yard field goal to give the Bears a ten point lead going into the half.

The Baylor defense forced a fumble on the Wildcats' opening play of the third quarter. Jones then connected on a 30 yard field goal to give the Bears a 13 point lead. Kansas State's William Powell then ran the next kickoff back 102 yards, but the Baylor offense was able to counter yet again as Finley punched it in from 2 yards out.

Griffin and Kendal Wright connected on a 30 yard touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter which gave the Bears a 19 point lead, the largest of the game. Kansas State countered with a halfback pass that went for a 67 yard touchdown with 14:36 to play. While it was a game with a lot of scoring, the next 14 minutes were a defensive struggle. Baylor was able to protect the lead and eat up a lot of the clock in the fourth quarter. Kansas State's QB Carson Coffman ran in a one yard touchdown with 7 seconds to play and the Bears went on to recover the onside kick try.

The Baylor offense took the field facing the student section waving their arms, calling for the crowd to make as much noise as they possibly could. The crowd roared with approval and as the last second ticked off the clock, the field was flooded with students. The Baylor fans celebrated in the middle of the field with the team as Baylor graduate and Christian music star David Crowder and President Ken Starr led the Golden Wave Marching Band in the playing of "That Good Old Baylor Line", closing out a Homecoming that Baylor fans, students, players, and alumni have been wanting for a long time.


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