Story by David Lissek
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December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Thursday’s 35th anniversary of the Holiday Bowl was sponsored by Bridgepoint Education and celebrated with Baylor University’s Bears winning in a runaway game over the 17th ranked UCLA Bruins.
The Holiday Bowl was played at Qualcomm Stadium and highlighted contending NCAA teams from the Pacific-12 against the Big 12 Conference. UCLA entered the contest slightly favored but heavily represented by its supportive Southern California fan & alumni base. Unfortunately for the Bruins, neither proved helpful.
Baylor’s fourth-year Senior Quarterback Nick Florence (#11) led the Bear’s with two touchdown passes and a rushing TD, while UCLA allowed three unanswered scores in the first two quarters before heading into halftime behind 35-10. Baylor posted two additional rushing touchdowns in the second half while UCLA battled back with two touchdowns and a missed conversion to end the game 49-26. Florence completed 10 of 13 passes for 188 yards, with a total of 4,309 yards on the season – eclipsing Robert Griffin III’s record season in 2011 by 16 yards.
Most Valuable Player trophies for offense and defense both went to the Bears, with Baylor’s Running Back Lache Seastrunk (#25) and Defensive End Chris McAllister (#31) taking home awards.
Baylor’s win pushed the Bears to 8-5 on the season, while UCLA ended at 9-5 with three straight losses. Total attendance for the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl was 55,507.
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