12 years ago, I chose the school that would be my alma mater. Today, that school won its first conference championship in decades, its first Big 12 Championship ever. There are those who told you this day would never come, that the task was too great, that the mountain was too tall, that 'scrubby little Baylor' could never compete with the historic franchises. At some point in time, you may have had a similar thoughts.
They are wrong.
Baylor University is now the reigning Big 12 Champion.
In a game reminiscent of Baylor's other tough conference games this year, the offense struggled early while the defense played truly outstanding football to keep the game close. However, the Baylor offense that took the field at the start of the second half looked like a different team, a team that we have not seen in roughly two and a half weeks. They put up almost 300 yards in the second half, all while the Baylor defense somehow found a way to improve in the second half in only allowing 59 total yards. 59. yards. Incredible.
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It's hard to select singular players to celebrate in what was a true team win. I'm giving my vote to Antwan Goodley, who was the difference maker in the first drive of the second half that signaled a shift in momentum. On that drive, he caught 3 passes for 48 yards and the touchdown. While the outcome was still in doubt at that point, it felt like we were going to see the Baylor and Texas teams going forward that we had seen in the season to date. Overall, Goodley had 8 catches for 114 yards (14.3 yards per catch) and 1 TD and, in my mind, firmed up his placement on the All Conference Team along with Kansas State's Tyler Lockett.
Offensive Stars of the Game
Antwan Goodley: 8 catches, 114 yards (14.3 ypc), 1 TD
Glasco Martin: 22 carries, 102 yards (4.2 ypc), 1 TD
Bryce Petty: 21/37 (57%), 287 yards, 2 TDs
Defensive Stars of the Game
Bowl Game Prognostication
This will be the simplest bowl prognostication for Baylor all season. Unfortunately, there's no real chance at the National Championship game. Fortunately, Baylor will still be going to a BCS game. With a heartfelt thanks to the Sooners of Oklahoma University, the Baylor Bears will be going to the Fiesta Bowl as the Champions of the Big 12. The game takes place on January 1st at 7:30 PM CST at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
2013 Baylor Bear Football Season
Baylor has won 11 games for the first time in their history. Despite the blemish of the loss at Oklahoma State, this has clearly been one of the greatest Baylor Football seasons in our history. To rise from such depths to our first Big 12 Championship in this the last year of Floyd-Casey Stadium is a remarkable testament to Art Briles and his coaches, Ian McCaw and his administrators, and the hundreds of unnamed professionals and Baylor family members that toiled so hard to make this happen. We here at OurDailyBears salute y'all, both the famous and the unheralded, for making this possible. Baylor University is a better place for the work that you do.
Time to Celebrate!!!
And now, ladies and gentlemen, WE CELEBRATE!
THE. HOOKER. IS. SAVED!!!!!— Save The Hooker (@SaveTheHooker) December 8, 2013
Briles: "We knew the crowd would be great and they certainly didn't disappoint."— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 8, 2013
Ahmad Dixon: It was like a dream. All of the seniors were up there telling each other, "Wow. This really happened."— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 8, 2013
Of course, don't forget to call in and leave your messages on the Bear Droppings line:
Phone died from the cold during the closing ceremony. So many feels right now. Baylor won the Big 12. Unbelievably believable.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 8, 2013
"The Case" is officially closed.. pic.twitter.com/9hbzEwJABN— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 8, 2013
I can think of no better way to end this than by posting the FlamingCar by NickPants. Enjoy it, y'all. Sic'em Bears.