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Iowa Sports

October 12, 2008

Baylor breaks 13-game Big 12 losing streak at Iowa State's expense

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin was still on the ground after taking a crushing blow from a blitzing linebacker when he heard the cheers.

While Griffin never saw Kendall Wright catch the ball in the back of the end zone, that was only the start of a night to savor for the Bears.

Griffin was 21-of-24 passing for 278 yards with two touchdowns to Wright, ran for another score, and Mikail Baker returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards to the end zone as the Bears beat Iowa State 38-10 Saturday night. The win ended a 13-game conference losing streak for Baylor.

“I haven’t been here for the losing streak, but now it’s a winning streak,” Griffin said.

At this time last year, Griffin and Wright were still playing high school football. And coach Art Briles was still at Houston.

They have accomplished in only two games what the Bears hadn’t done in two years, since October 2006, by winning a conference game.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” Wright said.

Senior cornerback Dwain Crawford certainly did.

“We’ve got a new foundation and are working toward the right thing,” Crawford said. “It’s good to go out and get that losing streak out of the way. ... Hopefully it will carry us through the Big 12 season.”

A week after losing to No. 1 Oklahoma in their Big 12 opener, the Bears (3-3, 1-1 Big 12) never trailed Iowa State.

On fourth-and-12 from the Iowa State 34 in the first quarter, with linebacker Jesse Smith charging toward him, Griffin released the pass just before being slammed hard to the ground. But Griffin’s high-arching pass dropped into Wright’s arms in the back of the end zone.

The officials used replay to confirm Baylor’s first score, when Wright secured the ball while falling and landed with his knee just inbound.

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