BAYLOR 45, WASHINGTON STATE 17: Bears cruise to blowout victory over Cougars under Friday night’s lights

by dentonramsey

BAYLOR 45, WASHINGTON STATE 17: Bears cruise to blowout victory over Cougars under Friday night’s lights

By Denton Ramsey, Big 12 Fans Baylor Correspondent

WACO, Texas – Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin is used to shining in Friday night’s spotlight.

On Friday night, Sept. 12 against Washington State, Griffin had a chance to relive some of his high school pigskin moments – in addition to driving the Bears to a 45-17 landslide victory in a historical and record-breaking performance at Floyd Casey Stadium.

“Robert is a gifted athlete no doubt,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said following Friday’s victory. “He handles it in a very mature manner. That is the thing I am most proud of about him. He is a really, really good team player.”

Due to concerns of Hurricane Ike’s impact on Central Texas, Baylor officials decided to move Saturday’s showdown between the Bears and Cougars to a Friday night kickoff – a wise decision, especially considering the outcome.

“I appreciate the fans that came out tonight,” Briles said. “We felt like if we went out and played well and played to sneak out a victory that it would really help us in our preparation for next week. Now we are on pace to prepare for the next one.”

Against the Cougars, Griffin racked up 129 yards in passing, going 7-for-15 – in addition to garnering 225 yards in the rushing department (on only 11 carries).

“It was a confidence boost,” Griffin said. “People were saying that to come out and beat Northwestern State wasn’t that great because they are not a good team, so we came out and beat Washington State who is a pretty legitimate team.

“We didn’t just beat them, but we beat them pretty good. Going on the road for the first time for me [next week] isn’t that big of a deal. It was definitely good to get a win and then go on the road.”

Overall, Baylor picked up 555 yards of offense while limiting Washington State to just two touchdowns and a field goal – with the Bears doing a good job of controlling things at the line on both sides of the ball, something Briles stresses to the team daily.

“Every win is important,” Briles said. “It is like we told the players before the game in November we are add them up and we needed one to count on the right side of the column. And we got one – we got a win against a Pac-10 football team.

“We’ve got to keep grinding; we’ve got to keep getting better. And that is the thing I like about this football team. We are not satisfied and we certainly don’t think we’ve got all of the answers.”

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