When the Friday Night Lights Shined on RG3: The First Game of Griffin's Heisman Quest
The 2010 Baylor season had been the best season during its first 15 seasons in the Big 12 Conference. Led by Griffin III, Baylor played its first post-season game since 1994, when it won a share of the Southwest Conference .
Baylor opened the game with the football. On the sixth play of its opening drive, Griffin III lateraled the ball to Kendall Wright, who threw a 40 yard pass to Terrance Williams to open the scoring it, making it 7-0, Baylor.
TCU added its first of two touchdowns on the board when first-time starter, sophomore Casey Pachall, ran for a 9 yard touchdown set up by a long kickoff return.
Baylor regained the lead, 14-13, when Griffin III threw his first touchdown pass of the season to Wright on a 35 yarder, ending a seven play drive. TCU regained the lead, 16-14, just before the end of the first quarter, when Ross Evans nailed a 44 yard field goal.
Griffin III threw his second touchdown pass on a beautiful 28 yarder down the middle to Kendall Wright to take a 21-16 lead. TCU was able to regain the lead with a Pachall touchdown pass to tight end Logan Brock for a 23-21 lead.
Griffin's final three touchdown passes came between the rest of the second and third quarters, where Baylor scored an unanswered 26 points, having a 47-23 lead entering the fourth quarter. The touchdown passes were a 14 yarder to Jordan Najvar, a 64 yarder to Lanear Sampson and a 42 yarder to Terrance Williams.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, TCU's Pachall threw his first of three fourth quarter touchdowns to Logan Brock. With 4:31 remaining in the game, TCU grabbed its final lead of the game with a Ross Evans 27 yard field goal to gain a 48-47 lead.
However, Robert Griffin III led a charge to what turned out to be the game-winning field goal. On the drive, Griffin III converted a first down with a 15 yard reception from Kendall Wright to keep the drive alive. He converted two more first downs in the drive by throwing to finish with 359 passing yards and five touchdown passes.
This was the beginning of the college football universe learning of the leadership, talent and skill of Robert Griffin III. A dramatic upset victory propelled Baylor to a 9-3 finish and a 6-3 record in the Big 12, its best season as a member of the Big 12.
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Updated Dec 14, 11:22 am EST