Well that was interesting. I can honestly say the first bowl game I’ve ever covered won’t soon be forgotten. Two teams, two offense, two, ahem, defenses and lots of points and touchdowns.
A big thanks to the guys back at the News Tribune copy desk, who dealt with my late arriving copy from what felt like a nine hour games. The guys are under appreciated pros.
The 2011 Alamo Bowl turned into a record-breaking showcase for two dynamic, multi-threat offenses filled with playmakers. Remember the old Holiday Bowls? This was beyond those.
It was a game that neither team’s defensive coordinator will want to watch again any time soon. But when the scoreboard finally stopped churning, and the last yard was gained, the Baylor Bears outlasted the Washington Huskies, 67-56, in the most offensive bowl game in history.
“Well, the people at the (Alamo) Bowl and ESPN got what they were looking for,” UW coach Steve Saskisian said. “What a game. What a game to be part of.”In a game that featured 123 points (most in regulation for a bowl) and 1,394 yards (most in bowl history), it came down to which team could make some semblance of a defensive stop.
And it was Baylor that found a way.
Down 60-56 late in the fourth quarter, Washington found itself facing a fourth-and-8 on the Baylor 39.Quarterback Keith Price, who outplayed Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III all game, fired a pass to Kasen Williams, but the ball was out of reach.
“I figured I was going to Kasen the whole time,” Price said. “I threw the ball too. If I put the ball on his numbers, and throw a catchable ball, he’s going to come down with it.”
The game notebook dealt largely with the performance of a now healthy Keith Price, and also a final great game from Jermaine Kearse.
Hampered by myriad injuries this season, Price used the three weeks before the Alamo Bowl to get healthy.
And because of it, he was able to turn in a Alamo Bowl record-setting performance with his four touchdowns passing and three running. Price completed 23 of 37 passes for 438 yards with scoring passes to Jermaine Kearse, two to Devin Aguilar and another to James Johnson.
But it was Price’s mobility in the pocket and ability to scramble that really stood out. On his three TD runs he showed bursts of speed that were never apparent this season. The runs came from 5 yards, 8 yards and 15 yards. And all showed the athleticism that UW coach Steve Sarkisian had promised.
“I can’t say enough about the performance,” Sarkisian said. “I felt like heading into the game this would be a game where we could the Keith Price that I kind have known he could be. It’s just unfortunate that he had to fight through injuries all year long and be a pocket passer.”
The best news for Washington fans is that Price will be around for possibly two more years. Just a sophomore, he turned in one of the better seasons in UW history. After outperforming Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, will there be Heisman talk going around for Price. It’s a possibility.
“I think his future is very bright, and I think our future is very bright because of him,” Sarkisian said.
Here’s the Associated Press’ story on Keith Price.
David Ubben from ESPN’s Big 12 blog had this instant analysis of the game and some video.
King 5 put together a list of some of the more humorous tweets from the game. It was trending worldwide on Twitter. I’m happy to say that a good looking sports writer from the News Tribune made the list a few times. And no, it’s not Eric Williams.
From the San Antonio Express News, which does an outstanding job covering the Alamo Bowl.