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Bears "ground it" out

Waco, Texas. Running the ball with impunity in the second half, the Baylor Bears outscored the Washington Huskies, 67-56, in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Who needs a Heisman Trophy winner when you can run the ball for 482 yards?

Who needs a Heisman Trophy winner when you have three running backs gallop for over 100 yards each in the same game?

Just for good measure, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III (a.k.a. RG3) passed for one touchdown and ran for one more to cap off the Bears' victory. Griffin completed 24 out of 33 passes for 295 yards on the night, posting a passing efficiency rating of 157.82.

But ...

RG3 was upstaged by KP1 (a. k. a., Keith Price), the Washington quarterback, who was paid scant attention to by the ESPN broadcast crew relative to its love affair with RG3. Price completed 23 of 37 passes for 438 yards and 4 touchdowns, while running for 3 more. Price's PE was 197.28 on the game, besting Griffin's, the nation's leader in that category.

To be fair to Griffin, however, he wasn't really needed considering the Huskies' feckless defense against the run, the Bears averaging 9.3 yards per carry on 52 rushing attempts.

Baylor's Terrance Ganaway gained 200 yards on 21 carries and scored five touchdowns. All in all, the Bears scored eight running touchdowns.

The Dawgs had their chances though.

With the Huskies leading 42-31 with 8:48 to go in the third quarter, Kasen Williams returned a punt 46-yards to the Baylor 13. But Chris Polk fumbled the ball away on the next play, and then Ganaway ran 89 yards untouched up the middle on the subsequent play to narrow the lead to 42-39 after the PAT.

"We just needed to tackle," UW defensive end Josh Shirley was quoted as saying. "The biggest thing in this game was tackling. That's something we need to work on for sure next year. We just didn't make the plays when they were presented to us."

Washington couldn't stop the run when it needed to, and that was the bottom line of the game.

Reference Bob Condotta's article for a description of all the records set in the game.

In its 7 wins this season, Washington has held its opponents to 49.6 yards rushing while yielding 342.7 yards through the air. In its 6 losses, UW has given up 307.67 yards on the ground and only 200.17 passing yards.

Table 1. Defensive stats in wins and losses.

Washington's Defense Rushing yards p/g Passing yards p/g
Seven winning games 49.6 342.7
Six losing games 307.67 200.17

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What is the quickest way to turn the Washington football program into a top 25 team?

For starters, the Huskies will begin to compete with the big boys, as in the top 25, when defensive coordinator Nick Holt begins to think "SEC front four" -- or, say, a Haloti Ngata -- when out on the recruiting trail and settles for nothing less. See the supporting data for this contention in Table 2 below.

For Price's passing efficiency rating see Table 3.

Table 2. Stop the run and win the game

In its seven victories, Washington (7-6, 5-4 Pac-12) has held its seven opponents to an average of 49.57 yards per game on the ground, which would rank first in the FBS if those seven games were all Washington had played. In its six losses, UW has allowed 307.67 rushing yards per game.  This table seems to say stop the run and win the game.

School

W/L

Rush

UW Rush

Eastern Washington

W

31 yards

148 yards

Hawaii

W

55

151

Nebraska

 L

309

146

California

W

108

117

Utah

W

17

185

Colorado

W

62

295

Stanford

L

446

172

Arizona

W

36

179

Oregon

L

212

82

USC

L

252

46

Oregon State

L

145

160

Washington State

W

38

143

Baylor

L

482

182

Table 3. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
EWU 17 25 102 3 0 149.87 17 25 102 3 0 149.87
Hawai'i 18 25 315 4 1 222.64 35 50 417 7 1 182.26
Nebraska 21 37 274 4 2 143.83 56 87 691 11 3 165.91
California 19 25 292 3 0 213.71 75 112 983 14 3 176.58
Utah 22 30 226 3 1 162.95 97 142 1209 17 4 173.70
Colorado 21 28 257 4 0 199.24 118 170 1466 21 4 177.91
Stanford 23 36 247 1 1 125.13 141 206 1713 22 5 168.69
Arizona 16 30 277 1 3 121.89 157 236 1990 23 8 162.74
Oregon 24 35 143 2 2 110.32 181 271 2133 25 10 155.97
USC 12 16 125 0 0 140.62 193 287 2258 25 10 155.11
OSU 5 9 76 1 1 140.93 198 296 2334 26 11 154.68
WSU 21 29 291 3 0 190.84 219 325 2625 29 11 157.91
Baylor 23 37 438 4 0 197.28 242 362 3063 33 11 161.93

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 7 28 14 7 56
Baylor 21 3 29 14 67


Time Team How Player (s) UW BU
1st qtr          
11:14 BU TD Kendall Wright 11 yd pass from Robert Griffin (Aaron Jones kick) 0 7
7:26 UW TD Keith Price 5 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 7 7
6:03 BU TD Jarred Salubi 36 yd run (Aaron Jones kick) 7 14
0:48 BU TD Robert Griffin 24 yd run (Aaron Jones kick) 7 21
2nd qtr          
11:32 UW TD James Johnson 12 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 14 21
4:52 UW TD Devin Aguilar 1 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 21 21
1:38 UW TD Keith Price 15 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 28 21
0:31 UW TD Chris Polk 56 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 35 21
0:00 BU FG Aaron Jones 42 yd FG 35 24
3rd qtr
14:00 UW TD Jermaine Kearse 80 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 42 24
11:06 BU TD Jarred Salubi 7 yd run (Aaron Jones kick) 42 31
8:28 BU TD Terrance Ganaway 89 yd run (Jerod Monk 2pt pass from Robert Griffin) 42 39
7:44 UW TD Devin Aguilar 13 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 49 39
6:01 BU TD Terrance Ganaway 1 yd run (Aaron Jones kick) 49 46
0:58 BU TD Terrance Ganaway 1 yd run (Aaron Jones kick) 49 53
4th qtr
9:40 UW TD Keith Price 8 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 56 53
8:15 BU TD Terrance Ganaway 4 yd run (Aaron Jones kick) 56 60
2:28 BU TD Terrance Ganaway 43 yd run (Aaron Jones kick) 56 67

 

Statistics UW BU
Total First Downs 26 33
  Rushing 10 18
  Passing 15 14
  Penalty 1 1
Total Net Yards 620 777
Net Yards Passing 438 295
Net Yards Rushing 182 482
Completions-att-int 23-37-0 24-33-0
Punts, yards, average 2-109; 54.5 2-104; 52.0
Sacks by (number, yards) 4-18 0-0
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 9-188-0 8-183-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 2-53-0 1--2-0
Kickoff Yards 9-572 10-620
Net Yards per kickoff 41.0 43.2
Average yards per kickoff 63.6 62.0
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 1 0
Third-down conversions 9 of 16 7 of 14
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 0-0-0
Penalties, no., Yards 1-15 8-58
Fumbles; number/lost 2-2 1-1
Time of Possession  31:50 28:10

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Robert Griffin, III 157.82 24 33 295 1 0
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 197.28 23 27 438 4 0
           
           
Bears Rushing No. Net TD Lg Avg.
Terrance Ganaway 21 200 5 89 9.5
Jarred Salubi 5 101 2 36 20.2
Tevin Reese 2 101 0 78 50.5
Robert Griffin, III 18 55 1 24 3.1
Kendall Wright 4 28 0 10 7.0
Team 2 -3 0 0 -1.5
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long avg.
Chris Polk 30 147 1 56 4.9
Jessie Callier 2 -4 0 0 -2
Keith Price 5 39 3 15 7.8
           
Bears Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Kendall Wright 7 91 1 48  
T. Williams 6 62 0 14  
Tevin Reese 5 66 0 25  
Lanear Sampson 3 25 0 9  
Levi Norwood 1 23 0 23  
Jerod Monk 1 15 0 15  
Jarred Salubi 1 13 0 13  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
James Johnson 2 36 1 24  
Kasen Williams 3 19 0 16  
Chris Polk 2 8 0  6  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 5 59 0 17  
Jermaine Kearse 5 198 1 80  
Devin Aguilar 5 90 2 42  
Jessie Callier 1 28 0 28  
           
Punting        
BU No. yds avg long IN20
Spencer Roth 2 104 52.0 53 0
           
Washington          
   
Kiel Rasp 2 109 54.5 57 2
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