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A Fan’s Look at Baylor’s Robert Griffin III’s Concussion
Baylor lost their star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who is also a candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year in Saturday night's game against Texas Tech in Cowboys stadium to an injury.
Griffin sustained what appeared to be a head injury during the first half of the game during a scramble on the field trying to get away from four tacklers. Griffin was laid out and seemed to be out for a few seconds before finally walking off the field on his own two feet. Griffin later came back into the game at the end of the half for one play only and never returned to the game.
Griffin's head appeared to have hit the turf pretty hard when he went down and bounced off the turf. It's a wonder he was able to walk off the field. Although not announced during the game, Griffin's injury was considered to be a head injury, which was confirmed today, Sunday, November 27, 2011 by Baylor's training staff via Twitter saying Griffin had a concussion.
Stats for Griffin during the first half of the game gave him 106 yards passing with one touchdown and 62 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. For the year, Griffin has thrown 34 touchdowns, with his all-time best being four touchdowns and 551 yards in the game against Oklahoma on November 19, 2011.
Griffin is expected to return to the field this week for regular practice sessions, but will remain "probable" for this week's last game of the regular season against the Texas Longhorns. Head injuries can be tricky and best treated with precaution to avoid more damage. Ignoring the symptoms and getting back on the field too soon can only lead to a more serious injury.
The Baylor Bears went on to rout the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday night by a score of 66-42 at the hands of backup quarterback Nick Florence. Florence threw for two touchdowns in the second half of the game and two touchdowns on the ground thanks to Terrence Ganaway. Ganaway ran for a total of 246 yards, carrying the ball 42 times.
Baylor is looking for a win against the Texas Longhorns to keep Bowl hopefuls alive. They will need some help from Oklahoma and Iowa State with losses to move up to No. 3 in the Big 12, that is if they also beat the Texas Longhorns.
Baylor is ranked No. 17 in the BCS standings released earlier today on November, 27. 2011. The Baylor Bears are 8-3 for the season.
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**Karen Gros is a freelance writer who has loved sports, especially NCAA football since attending an LSU home football game with her dad many years ago.
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