On the strength of his five touchdown performance in Baylor's 50-48 upset of then 14th-ranked TCU, junior quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named the Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Griffin, who goes by the nickname RG3, threw a career-high five TD passes in completing 21 of 27 passes for a total of 359 yards against in-state rival and former Southwest Conference foe TCU. Griffin also ran with the ball ten times, picking up a total of 38 yards. He also was on the receiving end of a 15-yard pass on third-and-ten to extend the game-winning drive. Griffin's touchdown passes were for 35, 28, 14, 64 and 42 yards.
Overall, the dual-threat signal caller guided seven scoring drives that took up less than three minutes each and took eight or fewer plays. The Bears' final drive covered 60 yards, with Griffin accounting for 50 of the yards. Aaron Jones kicked a 37-yard field goal with just 1:04 remaining to recapture the lead and earn the victory over the Horned Frogs.
The win was Baylor's first over a top-15 opponent since the Bears upset 12th-ranked Colorado in 1991.
This is the eighth season for the Walter Camp Player of the Week Award, which recognizes the top offensive and defensive players in the FBS every week during the season. Michigan's Brandon Herron was the National Defensive Player of the Week.
Baylor's star quarterback also was named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week and Baylor was the Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.
Griffin is on the watch list for the Maxwell, Manning, Davey O'Brien and Walter Camp Awards.