2011 Baylor Bears football team

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2011 Baylor Bears football
Baylor University Athletics (logo).svg
Alamo Bowl Champions
Alamo Bowl vs. Washington, W 67–56
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #13
2011 record 10–3 (6–3 Big 12)
Head coach Art Briles (4th year)
Co-offensive coordinator Randy Clements (4th year)
Co-offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery (4th year)
Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett (1st year)
Home stadium Floyd Casey Stadium
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Oklahoma State   8 1         12 1  
#15 Kansas State   7 2         10 3  
#13 Baylor   6 3         10 3  
#16 Oklahoma   6 3         10 3  
Missouri   5 4         8 5  
Texas   4 5         8 5  
Texas A&M   4 5         7 6  
Iowa State   3 6         6 7  
Texas Tech   2 7         5 7  
Kansas   0 9         2 10  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University in college football's 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Art Briles and played their home games at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. They are members of the Big 12 Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–3 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for third place with Oklahoma (whom they defeated during the season). The ten wins tied a school record for wins in a season while the 6-3 conference record is its best since joining the Big 12. They were invited to the Alamo Bowl where they beat Washington 67–56 for their first bowl win since the 1992 John Hancock Bowl.

Junior starting quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first Baylor player to win the award.

Recruiting[edit]

Baylor's recruiting class was ranked #46 by Rivals.com and #50 by Scout.com.[1][2]

Regular season[edit]

Building on the success of the previous year's team, Baylor began the season at home with a 50–48 upset of then #14 TCU, winners of the previous season's Rose Bowl.[3] The Bears won their next two games against Stephen F. Austin and Rice at home, before traveling to Kansas State where they lost a tightly contested game 35–36 to the greatly improved Bill Snyder-coached team.[4][5][6] After defeating Iowa State 49–26 at home, the Bears finished October losing two straight on the road at Texas A&M and eventual conference champion Oklahoma State.[7][8][9]

The Bears rebounded to finish the regular season with five straight victories including a Homecoming win over Missouri, a 31–30 overtime victory at Kansas in which Baylor tied a school record by overcoming a 21-point deficit in the 4th quarter, and the program's first win over then #5 Oklahoma on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to Terrance Williams with 8 seconds remaining in the game.[10][11][12] Baylor concluded November in Dallas playing against Texas Tech in Cowboys Stadium; although Griffin left the game due to a concussion at the half, backup Nick Florence entered the game to lead the Bears to a 66–42 victory.[13] Baylor's win over Texas Tech was their first since 1995.[14]

The Bears finished the regular season at home with a 48–24 victory over then #22 Texas that propelled the team (9–3, 6–3 Big 12) to the Alamo Bowl with #12 and #15 BCS and AP rankings respectively.[15] The victory also propelled quarterback Robert Griffin III to the top of the Heisman Trophy voting; he became the first Baylor player to win the award and the first Baylor player since Don Trull in 1963 to factor significantly in the voting.[16]

Schedule[edit]

[17][18]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 PM #14 TCU* Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX ESPN W 50–48   43,753
September 17 6:00 PM #19 (FCS) Stephen F. Austin* #19 Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX W 48–0A   43,090
September 24 6:00 PM Rice* #17 Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX FSN W 56–31   40,088
October 1 2:30 PM at Kansas State #15 Bill Snyder Family StadiumManhattan, KS ABC L 35–36   49,399
October 8 6:00 PM Iowa State #25 Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX FSN W 49–26   41,625
October 15 11:00 AM at #21 Texas A&M #20 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX (Battle of the Brazos) FX L 28–55   87,361
October 29 2:30 PM at #3 Oklahoma State Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK ABC/ESPN2 L 24–59   58,274
November 5 6:00 PM Missouridagger Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX FSN W 42–39   40,194
November 12 1:00 PM at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 31–30 OT  35,188
November 19 7:00 PM #5 Oklahoma #25 Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX ABC W 45–38   40,281
November 26 6:00 PM vs. Texas Tech #21 Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX (Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout) FSN W 66–42   51,615
December 3 2:30 PM Texas #19 Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX ABC W 48–24   46,543
December 29 8:00 PM vs. Washington* #15 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl) ESPN W 67–56   65,256
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
  • ^A Game was called at the end of the 3rd quarter due to lightning.

Game notes[edit]

Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 7 7 0 25 39
Baylor 0 13 15 14 42

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Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma 3 7 14 14 38
Baylor 3 14 14 14 45

Baylor's first victory over Oklahoma in school history.[20]

Texas Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texas Tech 7 21 7 7 42
Baylor 10 21 21 14 66

Robert Griffin III was knocked out just before halftime with a concussion.[21]


Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texas 7 14 3 0 24
Baylor 14 10 17 7 48

[22]


2011 Alamo Bowl[edit]

See also: 2011 Alamo Bowl

On December 4, 2011, Baylor accepted an invite to represent the Big-12 in the 2011 Alamo Bowl. Their opponents were the Washington Huskies of the Pac-12.[23] The game was played at the Alamodome. The crowd of 65,256 represented the 5th largest attendance in the history of the bowl game. A very good showing since the highest ever attendance at an Alamo bowl was only 66,100 which was set several years before. The Bowl officials stated it was also the most exciting college football game ever witnessed at the Bowl.

The contest became the second-highest scoring bowl game in history, and the highest-scoring regulation bowl game ever. Baylor went up 21-7 early in the game, with Griffin throwing for one touchdown and rushing for another. The Huskies roared back with 28 unanswered points, and the teams finished the half with Washington leading 35-24. In the second half, with the defenses showing limited ability to cope with the high-powered offenses led by Griffin and Husky QB Keith Price, the teams traded scores. The Bears overcame the halftime deficit, going ahead for good 60-56 halfway in the 4th quarter, and Baylor RB Terrance Ganaway tacked on a final 43-yard touchdown run with 2:28 left to play. Ganaway finished with 21 carries for 200 yards and 5 TDs, and was recognized as the game's offensive MVP. The victory represented Baylor's first bowl win since a victory in the John Hancock (Sun) Bowl in 1992. With the win, Baylor had their first 10-win season since 1980.[24]

Awards and honors[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR 20 19 17 15 25 20 RV RV NR RV 25 21 19 15 13 
Coaches' NR RV 24 19 16 RV 24 RV RV NR RV RV 20 18 16 12 
Harris Not released 21 RV RV NR RV 25 20 18 16 Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR 25 22 18 17 12 Not released


References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivals.com 2011 Team Recruiting Rankings. Rivals.com Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Football Recruiting 2011. Scout.com. Retrieved December 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Baylor blows 24-point lead but recovers to edge No. 14 TCU. ESPN. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  4. ^ Baylor romps in game halted in 3rd quarter by lightning. ESPN. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  5. ^ Robert Griffin III accounts for 6 TDs in Baylor's beating of Rice. ESPN. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  6. ^ Kansas State picks off Robert Griffin III, No. 15 Baylor in fourth quarter. ESPN. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  7. ^ Robert Griffin III, Terrance Ganaway help No. 25 Baylor run over Iowa State. ESPN. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011
  8. ^ Ryan Tannehill tosses 6 TDs as Texas A&M leaves past collapses behind. ESPN. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  9. ^ Joseph Randle runs for 4 TDs as No. 3 Oklahoma State whips Baylor. ESPN. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  10. ^ Baylor rides school-best 697 yards past Mizzou. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  11. ^ Kansas misses 2-point conversion in OT as Baylor rallies for victory. ESPN. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  12. ^ Robert Griffin III shocks Sooners on TD pass with 8 seconds left. ESPN. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  13. ^ Baylor pummels Texas Tech even after Robert Griffin III leaves game. ESPN. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  14. ^ Miller, Jeff. Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42. Sports Network. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  15. ^ Griffin accounts for 4 TDs as Baylor trounces Texas. ESPN. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011
  16. ^ Dufresne, Chris. Robert Griffin III wins the Heisman Trophy. Los Angeles Times. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  17. ^ Baylor Bears Schedule – 2011, ESPN, retrieved 2 August 2011
  18. ^ NCAA Football TV Listings, NCAAFootball.com, retrieved 2 August 2011
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  23. ^ Washington, Baylor To Play in 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl. Alamobowl.com. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  24. ^ Baylor wins Alamo Bowl shootout. USA Today. Retrieved 30 December 2011.