Instant Analysis: Baylor 48, Texas 24

December, 3, 2011
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How the game was won: Baylor, not exactly known for its defense, pressured Texas quarterback Case McCoy into four interceptions. Those picks bracketed halftime and allowed Baylor to outscore Texas 17-3. In all Texas had six turnovers, the last of those was at the Baylor 6-yard line. Couple that with the offense of the Bears, and Texas was unable to keep up.

Turning point: McCoy's second interception in five throws allowed the Bears to push its lead to 14 points early in the third quarter. Another interception and the subsequent drive put the Bears up 17 points. Baylor scored 24 points off Texas' six turnovers.

Stat of the game: Neither team punted. For Baylor that was a positive. For Texas, not so much. The Bears put together five touchdown drives and one field goal drive. Baylor had just one turnover, a Robert Griffin interception. The Longhorns did not score off that pick. Texas, on the other hand, had five turnovers and a missed field goal.

Player of the game: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III continued his push for the Heisman Trophy by ripping through Texas on the ground and in the air. Griffin started fast with a 59-yard touchdown pass the Bears' second play from scrimmage. He engineered a five-play scoring drive on the next series. Griffin finished off the Longhorns with a 39-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to put the Bears up 48-24. Griffin finished 14 of 21 for 322 total yards with four total scores and an interception.

What it means: With the win, Baylor has the possibility of making it to the Alamo Bowl if everything falls in its favor. Worst case scenario, the Bears will be in Phoenix for the Insight Bowl. Texas is likely headed to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl.

Record performance: Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway needed 24 yards to set the season rushing record for the Bears. Jay Finley set the mark last season with 1,218. Ganaway had his 24 yards and more in the first quarter. The senior running back, who started his career at Houston, finished with153 yards on 24 rushes and two touchdowns.

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