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“If I can get everybody in the crowd to laugh it can make my speech a whole lot easier,” he said later at his news conference, after showing off his blue and red socks with that familiar “S” on the front.
Griffin is a big fan of superheroes and cartoon characters, and socks. His favorite socks: SpongeBob.
But make no mistake, even though he was expected by most to win, he said: “My heart was beating really, really hard. I could feel it in my chest like they all said.”
Griffin’s highlights were simply spectacular _ his signature moment coming on a long, cross-field touchdown pass with 8 seconds left to beat Oklahoma _ and he put up dizzying numbers, completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,998 yards with 36 touchdown passes and a nation-leading 192.3 efficiency rating.
More importantly, he lifted Baylor (9-3) to national prominence and one of the greatest seasons in school history. The 15th-ranked Bears won nine games for the first time in 25 years, beat the Sooners for the first time ever and went 4-0 in November.
That was after winning a total of four November games in their first 15 Big 12 seasons. And the last three games? Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas.
Luck was the front-runner from the moment in January he surprised many by returning to Stanford for one more season instead of jumping to the NFL to become a millionaire. He didn’t disappoint, with 3,170 yards receiving, 35 touchdown passes, a completion percentage of 70 percent and a rating of 167.5.
Griffin outdid him using a similar formula: leading a downtrodden program at a private school out of the shadows of its powerful conference rivals with brilliant and heady play.
Luck made a sensational one-handed catch early in what turned out to be a blowout victory against UCLA. Nice.
Griffin made a 15-yard reception in traffic to convert a key third down on the game-winning drive in Baylor’s opening 50-48 victory against TCU. Better.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder with sprinter’s speed _ he was an all-American in the 400-meter hurdles _ had some early Heisman buzz, but faded in October as Baylor lost three of four. Griffin continued to pile up video game numbers, but not enough to compensate for the Bears’ leaky defense.
He finished with a kick and shot up the Heisman charts on Nov. 19, when Baylor beat Oklahoma 45-38. Griffin passed for 479 yards and four touchdowns against the Sooners, including that sensational 34-yard, game-winner to Terrance Williams in the closing seconds.
He stated his case one last time on championship Saturday, capping his season with 320 yards passing and two TD passes and two touchdown runs in a 48-24 victory against Texas. Meanwhile, Luck and Richardson were idle, their regular seasons over.
“It seemed like the script was written perfectly for us to go out and win this award,” Griffin said.
At that point it become obvious that quarterback Don Trull’s fourth-place finish in 1963 would no longer be the Heisman standard at Baylor.
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