In their last game before bowl season, the Baylor Bears were reduced down to their fourth-string quarterback, or a player who is normally at wide receiver for the team. Heading into today’s Florida Citrus Bowl against the University of North Carolina, Baylor’s passers still hadn’t improved their health, so the team adopted a whole new strategy: just run. Eighteen passing attempts and 84 rushing attempts later, and Baylor set a new record for the most rushing yards in a bowl game in their 49-38 victory:
Johnny Jefferson had 299 of them.
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Four different rushers ran for touchdowns — Johnny Jefferson, Devin Chafin, Terence Williams, and Lynx Hawthorne — including three touchdowns from Jefferson alone. Five total running backs received touches, and combined for a 7.67 average. Baylor only managed 111 yards on their 18 pass attempts, or 6.1 yards per play.
The rushing attack is actually the second-most ground yards gained by any team in any game — regular season or bowl — in this century. In 2003, Rice University went for 672 rushing yards in a game against Louisiana Tech, including three different rushers going for over 100 yards.
Incredibly, Baylor’s seven rushing touchdowns are far from record-setting: there have been over a hundred games in the last fifteen years in which a team has gone for seven rushing touchdowns, and there are 37 games when a team has ran for eight or more. That record is held by Georgia Southern, who collected ten rushing touchdowns in a game last season.