(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Baylor 42, Missouri 39
Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns, and Terrance Ganaway rushed for 186 yards and two more scores as Baylor held off Missouri 42-39 at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Griffin added 64 yards rushing and one touchdown for Baylor (5-3, 2-3 Big 12), which amassed 697 yards of total offense Tevin Reese caught seven balls for 163 yards and a touchdown, while Terrance Williams added seven catches for 100 yards and two more scores.
Missouri (4-5, 2-4) was led by quarterback James Franklin, who completed 33- of-46 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Henry Josey added 132 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, as the Tigers racked up 578 yards of total offense.
Missouri drew first blood, as Josey scored on a six-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Williams caught his first touchdown pass of the day at the 12:33 mark of the second quarter, on six-yard rope from Griffin that knotted the score at seven.
After Josey scored on a two-yard touchdown run late in the second stanza to regain Missouri's lead, Griffin orchestrated a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended when he scored on a one-yard touchdown run with just one second left in the half. But Aaron Jones' PAT was blocked, and Missouri preserved a 14-13 lead at recess.
Baylor created some separation in the third quarter. On the first drive of the second half, the Bears needed just four plays to drive 73 yards for a score, capped when Griffin found Williams for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Griffin added a short scoring run for the two-point conversion, giving Baylor a 21-14 lead. Ganaway made it 28-14 with a 38-yard touchdown run with 1:24 remaining in the third quarter.
After Trey Barrow hit a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to pull Missouri within 11 points, Reese hauled in a 68-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to give the Bears a 35-17 cushion.
Franklin responded quickly with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lewis with 7:05 remaining, capping a five-play, 67-yard drive that took just 1:05.
But on the first play of the next Baylor drive, Ganaway busted free for an 80-ya touchdown run that gave Baylor a 42-25 advantage.
Missouri frantically rallied in the final five minutes, as Franklin found T.J. Moe for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 3:55 remaining to cut the lead to 10. Following a Baylor punt, Franklin struck again, hitting L'Damian Washington for a 15-yard touchdown pass that cut the deficit to 42-39 with under two minutes to play. Missouri failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.
With th win, Baylor pulled within one win of bowl eligibility.
11/06 00:52:34 ET