September 27, 2009

Bears run over the Demons

Say what you want about playing a Football Championship Subdivision opponent. Pretty much every one in America plays these games.

Baylor scored the most its put up since 1942 with Saturday's 68-13 victory over Northwestern State, matching the most points scored in school history.

Jarred Salubi. Chance Casey. A few young stars were born tonight.

But the big thing to come out of Saturday's game was Robert Griffin's right knee injury, which he said after the game he hyperextended. Griffin will have an MRI Sunday, according to Baylor officials.

Whether or not Griffin will miss time will have to wait until Sunday or Monday.With Kent State up next Saturday, maybe it's best to sit the sophomore quarterback.

Griffin was injured when he was smacked by Northwestern State's Gary Riggs for no gain on fourth-and-two that ended Baylor's game-opening drive. Griffin was on the turf for several minutes until walking to the sideline, favoring his right leg.

"When it happened the pain was a 10, but going back out there it was probably a four or five," Griffin said. "I knew I had to get back in the game no mater what was wrong with me. Coming off the field I didn't think I could get back in, but once I got off the field and started jogging I got some stability back and was fine."

Griffin played through the first half as the Bears built a 41-10 lead. Griffin was 13-for-19 passing for 226 yards and three touchdowns.

"At first I was just thankful that he was able to get back on the field," Bears coach Art Briles said. "I knew the way he got hit that he was bent up a little bit and for him to come back and play showed a lot of guts and determination, which he always shows. He performed tremendously well and got our guys going. We'll have to wait and see what the final analysis is but we're just glad he got to get back out there and play tonight."

The highlights of the game were redshirt freshman Salubi's 76-yard touchdown run and true freshman Casey's 66-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Receiver Kendall Wright had a brilliant game. Wright had five catches for 105 yard and two touchdowns.

And how many coaches take a knee with seven minutes left at the 1-yard line four straight times? Would Urban Meyer have done it at Florida?

"To me it's not a decision," Briles said. "At that stage of the game putting 75 points on the board would not have done anything. I've been kicked around a little bit and I know what it feels like to be on the other sideline and to be those players and those people that care about those players, and there was no reason to do that. We had the game won and that's what mattered at that point in the game."

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