Beating OU nice, but not RGIII's best moment

November, 23, 2011
Twice this season Baylor Bears quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Robert Griffin III has been surrounded by serenading students that swarmed the field at Floyd Casey Stadium after magical victories.

The first was the season-opening, 50-48 win over recent nemesis TCU. The second happened Saturday night after a remarkable, 45-38 victory over then-No. 5 Oklahoma. Griffin led a five-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in just 43 seconds to put the Bears ahead with 50 seconds to play. His 34-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams sealed it and gave Baylor its first-ever win over the Sooners in 21 meetings.

Griffin threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. As fans chanted, "Heisman-Heisman-Heisman," what moment could be finer?

Well, Griffin, said he can think of one.

"The best moment I’ve had since I’ve been here was last year when we beat K-State to get bowl eligible (for first time since 1994) because it was more than about just this team," the junior for Copperas Cove said this week. "It was about all of the guys that had come through who didn’t get to experience the bowl game and just to get that burden off of Baylor Nation."

With a 7-3 record (4-3 in Big 12), Griffin and the Bears will be bowling again, but more team goals are within their grasp. They can finish as high as tied for second in the conference, and a 10-win season is a possibility for the first time since 1980 when the Bears won the Southwest Conference.

They'll seek to post an eighth victory for the first time since the 1991 season Saturday night at Cowboy Stadium against Texas Tech before closing the regular season at home against Texas on Dec. 3.

Perhaps if Griffin guides the Bears through those two final traps after stunning the Sooners, he'll have to reconsider his most memorable moment. Or at least reclassify it in the plural, as his most memorable moments.



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