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After a 4-0 November sweep by the Bears _ who had won a combined four Big 12 games in November the previous 15 seasons _ Griffin made his final statement for Heisman voters by throwing for 320 yards with two long touchdowns and ran for two more scores in a 48-24 victory over Texas.

“He epitomizes everything you have to be to become a complete player on and off the field and that’s why he’s a finalist,” Baylor coach Art Briles said.

Griffin, a fourth-year junior, holds or shares 46 school records.

By time Griffin played his first game for the Bears in 2008, when at 18 he was the nation’s youngest FBS starting quarterback and weighed only about 190 pounds, he was already a Big 12 champion and NCAA All-American in the 400-meter hurdles. He graduated from high school near the top of his class before enrolling at Baylor for the spring semester.

“Coach Briles told me he’s not a prophet, but he did say that in two or three years, I’d be a Heisman Trophy finalist,” Griffin said. “And it’s coming true.”

Griffin set an FBS record by throwing 209 passes to start his career before his first interception.

Only three games into the 2009 season, Griffin tore the ACL in his right knee. He got a medical hardship redshirt and then in his comeback last year led the Bears to their first Top 25 ranking since 1993 and a bowl game.

Now he is going to be in New York with the chance of winning college football’s most prestigious individual award.

Robert has become for many football fans the face of Baylor University,” athletic director Ian McCaw said. “He’s a model student-athlete. … He basically was a 17-year-old when he came here, and he’s a man now.”

Griffin completed his undergraduate degree in political science last December and is working on a master’s degree in communication. He still has aspirations of going to law school, and could start that next year.

That depends on if he decides to return for his senior season or declare for early entry into the NFL draft. He has given no real indication on what he plans to do.

“I’m not trying to make a decision anytime soon. I’ll push it off as long as I can,” he said. “I didn’t think I would be in this situation after starting as a freshman. This would be my last year (without the injury) and there would be no huge decision whether to come back or leave.”

Griffin doesn’t want his decision to be about money, possible draft status or whether he wins the Heisman Trophy.

“You don’t want to leave primarily because of money and you also don’t want to come back primarily because of an award,” he said. “It won’t be about whether I win the Heisman or not this year.”