While the Wildcats’ defensive backs played off the line of scrimmage and tried to prevent Griffin, Baylor’s do-everything quarterback, from throwing deep, running back Jay Finley did all kinds of damage at the line of scrimmage. He turned 26 carries into a career-high 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Granted, K-State’s defense is much better today than it was back then, but the point remains: Baylor’s offense is more complex than just its best player. Even if he is a Heisman Trophy contender and has completed more touchdown passes (13) than incompletions (12).
One player who could hurt K-State this year is running back Terrance Ganaway, a senior from DeKalb, Texas. In three games this season, he has rushed for 289 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries. He has rushed for at least 80 yards and a touchdown in every game.
Like Griffin, he can be a difference-maker.
In front of a big crowd and bigger television audience in the season-opener against TCU, he rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown to help the Bears pick up one of their biggest wins in recent memory. It was only his second start.
“Terrance did exactly what we thought he would do, because that was his preparation,” Baylor coach Art Briles said afterward. “He prepared his mind and his body followed. Talent’s never been an issue with Terrance; it’s been mental structure.”
After a slow start to his career — he rushed for 495 total yards in his first two seasons with the Bears after transferring in from Houston — he is beginning to figure everything out.
K-State’s defense will need to keep an eye on him Saturday.