Baylor’s Griffin is AP player of the year

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RG3 returned last year to throw for 3,501 yards to lead the Bears to a bowl game. He already holds 46 school records with a highlight reel that keeps getting longer.

This season started with a 50-48 victory over defending Rose Bowl champion TCU, the nation’s top defense the previous three seasons. Griffin threw for 359 yards and five touchdowns in that nationally televised game, but his biggest play was a 15-yard catch from receiver Kendall Wright to convert third-and-10 on the game-winning drive.

“I really liked that play,” running back Terrance Ganaway said. “It wasn’t a touchdown, but it meant a lot for our team right there. That’d be my favorite play because it helped win us the game.”

And set a tone for what would be an incredible season for the Bears.

After a tough stretch in October, Baylor swept through November with four consecutive victories. The Bears had won only four Big 12 games combined in November the previous 15 years.

That November stretch included their first win over Oklahoma, a 45-38 victory punctuated by another of Griffin’s signature plays. Griffin threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns, the last when he scrambled to his left and threw across his body to the corner of the end zone on the other side of the field to Terrance Williams for a 34-yard score with 8 seconds left. Griffin also had runs of 22 and 8 yards on that winning drive.

“Not that I was a prophet, but with this team and this program, miracles happen and that was a miracle play,” Baylor president Ken Starr said. “He was scrambling around. And I’ve watch that replay, that was magical. It was magical and miraculous.”

That is RG3, who now faces the big choice of whether to return for one more season at rising Baylor or go into the NFL draft, where his stock has risen significantly.

Griffin said his focus is on the Alamo Bowl and trying to get Baylor’s 10th win. After that, he will discuss his options with his family and Briles on a decision that may be tougher now because of all the success.

“If I come back, people would be like why. If I leave, people at Baylor will be like why,” he said. “So it’s a tough decision.”

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