In the Alamo Bowl’s battle of the quarterbacks, Baylor’s Heisman Trophy winner was outplayed by Washington’s sophomore, who put himself in the 2012 Heisman conversation.
But the night belonged to Baylor, which managed to eke out a 67-56 victory that left a pretty big question unanswered:
What’s the next stop for Robert Griffin III: a return to Baylor for his senior season or the NFL Draft?
Fans were chanting “one more year!” after the record-setting game, but RGIII wasn’t saying whether they’d get their wish, the way USC fans did with Matt Barkley. Griffin said this week that his parents were looking at his draft prospects and no doubt they know what everyone else does: their son would be a top 10 pick in April. Most draft experts have him as the sixth pick, the second quarterback taken behind the presumptive No. 1, Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
On Thursday night, Griffin said “I have no idea” about the future. All he would say is that he will decide “probably pretty soon.” He has until Jan. 15.
“I want Baylor nation to enjoy this,” Griffin said (via CBS Sports).. “It’s not about me. I’ve got about two weeks. I’ll enjoy this the next day, and then the next day, and then I’ll make it.”
If this was his last game, the stats will show that he completed 24 of 33 passes for 295 yards, with his only touchdown pass coming on the opening drive. He did have a highlight-worthy TD run, but the bigger star for Baylor was running back Terrance Ganaway, who rushed for 200 yards and five touchdowns.
Overshadowing everyone, though, was the other quarterback, Jake Locker’s successor. Keith Price, finally healthy after a season of nagging injuries, completed 23 of 27 passes for 438 yards and four TDs. Price also ran for three TDs and 39 yards.
But Heisman and NFL Draft talk for him is still months away. What will RGIII do?