The Baylor Bears (1-1) played just like their head coach, Art Briles, has been instructing them to play since Spring; "fast and furious." The Bears, led by true freshman quarterback Robert Griffin, scored early and often in their 51-6 victory over the Northwestern State Demons (1-1).
Baylor sophomore running back Jay Finley led all rushers in the game with 91 yards on 8 carries, but more importantly for the Bears reached paydirt twice rushing and once receiving. Finley's 40 yard burst into the endzone gave the Bears a two touchdwon advantage. When Finley found the endzone for the second time, he did it on a 35 yard scamper up the sideline after taking a backwards pass from Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin. Finley's final score was a swing pass from Griffin. The talented running back took one step and found daylgiht through the blocks set up in front of him. Finley's only catch of the day was his third score of the day, this one going for 47 yards.
Robert Griffin, Baylor's true freshman quarterback, made his first start of his young college football career. He did not disappoint the the 36,000 Baylor faithful in the stands. Griffin finished the day 15 of 19 passing for 294 yards. Griffin threw for 3 touchdowns, no interceptions, and added 49 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground. The Baylor quarterback threw deep and often in his 3 quarters of work finding receiver Ernest Smith for his first touchdown reception on the year on a 49 yard strike. Griffin was able to find th eenzone with his legs just before the end of the first quarter, a quarter that saw Baylor put 30 points on the board. The Bears' signal-caller found running room on the left side for an easy stroll into the corner of the endzone for a 3 yard score. Griffin wasn't done yet as he hooked up with receiver Thomas White on a 32 yard touchdown pass early in the 3rd quarter giving the Bears a 37-6 lead. Nearly 7 minutes later, Jay Finley was on the receiving end of a Griffin tocuhdown pass, this time capping off a 7 play 85 yard drive. The Bears led 44-6 after three quarters, and Griffin left the field to a standing ovation.
Baylor's defense also put on a performance led by linebacker Joe Pawelek. The Baylor linebacker tallied 10 tackles on the night that saw the defense create two turnovers. Fellow linebacker Chris Francis was able to haul in a poor pass by Demon quarterback John Hundley for his first interception on the year, and safety Jordan Lake forced a fumble resulting in a Baylor recovery. The Bears' defense did not give up a touchdown on the night holding the Demons' rushing attack to only 52 yards rushing on the day, and only 138 yards passing.
The 51-6 victory evens the Baylor Bears record at 1-1 as they head into next week's nationally televised matchup against Washington State.
Baylor Dominates Northwestern State; 51-6
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