Stat Line Of The Night — 12/29/11 — Terrance Ganaway
Heading into last night’s Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, much of the focus was placed on Baylor quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III. And while RG3 was good, it seemed as though the Washington defense may have placed too much of their focus on him, and not enough on Bears running back Terrance Ganaway.
In a game that saw both teams combine to accumulate the most yards in FBS bowl history (1,397), and come just two points shy of the record for most points in an FBS Bowl Game (125 by Marshall and East Carolina during the 2001 GMAC Bowl, which went into double overtime), Ganaway accounted for a hefty chunk of those yards and points; 200 and 30, to be exact.
Ganaway carried the ball 21 times for an incredible 200 yards and five touchdowns, as the Bears mounted an impressive second half comeback to earn the 67-56 victory. The Bears’ senior running back was a key catalyst in his team’s comeback from 11 points down at the half, as he scored three of his touchdowns in the third quarter, and the other two came in the fourth, including a 43-yard TD run that sealed the victory with 2:28 remaining. It was an MVP worthy performance from Ganaway, and it earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, December 29, 2011.