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November 20, 2011
Week 12 awards: Griffin may be NYC-bound
After a Sooners timeout after Baylor's first play on its final drive, Griffin scrambled for a 22-yard gain to Baylor's 46. That's when Baylor stopped thinking about overtime and instead about winning the game. Griffin then delivered again with an 8-yard run and a 12-yard pass to put the Bears on OU's 34.
The final play of the drive sealed Baylor's first win over a team ranked in the top five since 1985, and the touchdown pass that gave the Bears a 45-38 win also earned Griffin the Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
"The first plan was to get a first down because we knew they had three timeouts and we had none," Griffin said. "They were going to try and get the ball back, expecting us to be conservative. We came back with a pretty aggressive second-down play, and we got the first.
"After that, we were just trying to get into field-goal range. We started picking up a chunk of yardage."
Griffin finished 21-of-34 for 479 yards and four touchdown passes. He also rushed for 72 yards. His 551 yards of total offense is a career-high and the second-highest total for any player this season; Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder had 564 yards against Toledo.
"It's another day at the office for Robert," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "… When the ball's in his hands, good things happen because he's very intelligent, very gifted."
[Dr. Saturday: Baylor brings the dagger to OU]
With no-huddle, up-tempo offenses ruling college football, time of possession is a less and less relevant statistic. Not so for Michigan in its win over Nebraska.
The Wolverines held the ball for 41 minutes, 13 seconds in the victory. Part of that was Michigan's grinding rushing attack, but defense played a major part as well. The Wolverines' defense forced five three-and-outs and held Nebraska to 260 total yards, earning Mattison coordinator of the week honors.
Michigan held Nebraska to 138 rushing yards and 122 passing yards, and forced three turnovers. The Wolverines held Nebraska tailback Rex Burkhead to 36 rushing yards. The Huskers' 260 total yards was their lowest output of the season.
"The mindset of this defense and this team is just on a whole new level this year," defensive tackle Mike Martin said. "We've improved as a team each week, and we have to make sure we take a positive step for this week coming up [when Ohio State visits Ann Arbor]."
[Dr. Saturday: USC brings the ambush to Oregon]
At one point in the season, a hobbled Robert Woods would have meant a shaky passing attack for USC. But thanks to Lee's emergence, USC can flourish even if Woods is battling shoulder and ankle injuries.
Lee caught eight passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in a 38-35 win over Oregon. He caught a 59-yard touchdown pass for USC's first touchdown and had a kickoff return of 47 yards to set up another USC score.