Honor The Past: 1994 Builders Square Alamo Bowl
Dec. 31, 2012
SAN ANTONIO - The Washington State offense scored on the opening drive of the game and on the last play of the second quarter to provide all the points the Cougar defense needed as No. 24 WSU held off Baylor's late challenge in a 10-3 win in the Builders Square Alamo Bowl.
Despite some anxious moments in the closing seconds of the game, the Cougar defense made those 10 points stand up by limiting the record-setting Bear offense to eight first downs, 151 yards in total offense and just one field goal.
The Cougars did something against Baylor they had not done all season, take the opening kickoff and drive the length of the field for a touchdown. The march totaled 91 yards, equaling the longest scoring drive of the season for Washington State, and ended 6:32 later when Kevin Hicks busted through the left side of the line from 1-yard out to put WSU on top 7-0.
The Cougars tacked on three points just before halftime to take 10 lead at intermission. Taking the ball after Baylor's Jarvis VanDyke missed his second field goal attempt of the first half, WSU drove from its own 30 yard line to the Baylor 20-yard line, where Tony Truant banged home a 37-yard field goal with two seconds left in the first half. Chad Davis complete a sideline pass to Jay Dumas for a key first down, and another pass near the boundary to Albert Kennedy put the ball in perfect position for Truant. Davis, named the game's most valuable offensive player, hit 6-of-eight passes on the drive.
The Cougar signal caller completed 27 of 35 passes for 286 yards in the game. Defensively, Washington State was especially tough in the first half. Baylor came into the game averaging nearly 33 points per game and 382.4 yards per outing. In the first half WSU's defense, led by the game's most valuable defensive player, Ron Childs, limited the Bears to just 41 net yards, 24 rushing and 17 passing.
Childs had 10 tackles in the game, including eight solo, of which two were for negative yardage. Only on its last possession did Baylor come close to the Cougars' end zone, where Todd Jensen, a senior who backed up John Rushing all year, picked off a Jeff Watson pass to halt Baylor's threat.
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