(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Baylor 47, Kansas State 42
Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Jay Finley ran for a school-record 250 yards and two touchdowns, as the Baylor Bears edged the Kansas State Wildcats, 47-42, in a Big 12 Conference tussle at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Robert Griffin III added a career-high 404 yards through the air and four touchdowns for Baylor (6-2, 3-1 Big 12), which became bowl eligible for the first time since becoming a part of the Big 12. Josh Gordon hauled in seven passes for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Kendall Wright finished with six catches for 113 yards and two scores.
Daniel Thomas led KSU (5-2, 2-2) with 113 yards and two scores on the ground. The running back also threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Aubrey Quarles, who had six catches for 131 yards. Carson Coffman completed 20-of-29 pass attempts for 231 yards and he scored twice on the ground.
The Bears jumped out to a quick lead when Griffin tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Gordon early in the first quarter.
The Wildcats responded midway through the frame with an 11-yard touchdown run by Thomas.
Finley put Baylor back on top with a two-yard run with 38 seconds remaining in the first period.
The lead was short lived, as Coffman scored on a five-yard run early in the second frame.
Baylor countered minutes later with a 52-yard scoring strike from Griffin to Wright.
Thomas tied things up once again for KSU with a run of 10 yards to paydirt.
The Bears, though, were able to take a 31-21 lead into the break after a 47- yard scoring pass from Griffin to Gordon and a 22-yard field goal by Aaron Jones.
Jones extended Baylor's lead early in the third quarter with a 30-yard boot.
KSU came right back, however, as William Powell returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a score.
Finley gave the Bears some breathing room later in the third, as he rumbled two yards for a touchdown.
Just seconds in to the final frame Wright caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to give Baylor a 47-28 advantage.
The Wildcats responded immediately with a 67-yard touchdown toss from Thomas to Quarles. KSU, though, wouldn't be heard from again until Coffman scored on one-yard plunge with seven seconds remaining.
The Bears rolled up 683 yards of total offense to put themselves in position for their first bowl appearance since 1994.
10/23 22:12:40 ET