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Reasons Washington Lost to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl

What A Game!

Bet The Under? Oh I’m sorry! I told you to bet the OVER.

Baylor 67, Washington 56
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 29, 2011
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Temperature: Dome
Head Official: Ron Cherry
Attendance: 65256

There was not much defense to speak of in the Alamo Bowl, as the game was a shootout to say the least with Baylor beating Washington 67-56.

The two teams combined for 1,397 yards and 17 touchdowns, setting FBS bowl game records. The 123 combined points fell just short of the 125 points scored by Marshall and East Carolina in the 2001 GMAC Bowl, but that was a double overtime game.

The Huskies ended the season 7-6 for the 2nd season in a row, but unlike last season they did not go out on a high note winning a bowl game.

I’ve got the quick version of why UW blew a nice second quarter lead and lost to Baylor.

1. Nick Holt

Maybe a little defense?

While UW ranked up an impressive 620 yards of total offense Baylor was even more impressive with an amazing 777 total yards of offense. How does Nick Holt keep his job after this years performance.

Shouldn’t at least a pay cut be in order?

2. Contain, Contain

Run defense – The Huskies did not take advantage of Heisman winner Robert Griffin III not having his best game, as the UW run defense was terrible.

Overall they gave up 482 rushing yards and allowed Baylor RB Terrance Ganaway to rush for 200 yards and 5 TD.

Baylor vs. Washington Alamo Bowl

Overall the Huskies gave up 482 rushing yards, and Terrance Ganaway...he's pretty good. - (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Jarred Salubi even had over 101 yards rushing with 2 TD on only 5 carries and he scored on a 36 yards TD scamper.  Tevin Reese had 101 yards rushing, as three Bears rushed for more than 100 yards.

3. He Fumbled?

Polk fumble – The Huskies has the lead, the ball, and the momentum in the 3rd quarter, but when RB Chris Polk fumbled the ball and the Bears went on to score a TD the momentum in the game changed.

4. Second Half Siesta

Letdown – At the end of the first half Washington had an 11 point lead and then scored at the beginning of the 2nd half they scored again to take an 18-point lead, but after that it was all Baylor.

After UW WR Jermaine Kearse caught an 80-yard TD pass in the beginning of the 2nd half the Bears went on to score 43 points while Washington only scored 14.

Seriously, 43 points in less than 2 quarters? Baylor trailed 42-24 one minute in the third quarter, but outscored the Huskies 28-7 during the next 13:02.

5. Turnover Game

The 2 turnovers – With the game going back and forth with each team having major issues on defense turnovers were key with UW having 2 of them and Baylor only having 1.

While Washington did finish with a winning record and they made the Alamo Bowl, I’m not sure if we call this season a HUGE success. Remember Dawgs fans the Huskies lost 4 of their last 6 games, and were 0-4 facing teams ranked in the top 25.

It’s a hell of a lot better than 0-12. But NOT a major step forward over last year.

It was fun to see a healthy Keith Price though wasn’t it? I’m sure this game cemented the idea for Nick Montana to break outta town. Just my opinion though.


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