FINAL: Baylor 49, UCLA 26
Qualcomm Stadium was packed with UCLA constituents on Friday night for the Holiday Bowl, but it was all Baylor on the field, as the Bears of the Big 12 Conference cruised to a 49-26 victory over the Bruins of the Pac-12.
Baylor dominated up front, eclipsing 300 yards on the ground en route to an overall overwhelming performance. The Bears held a 35-10 halftime lead and coasted through the final two quarters of play.
On the other side, the oft-maligned Baylor defense put together a strong performance against the high-flying UCLA offense, shutting down the Bruins' talented running back Johnathan Franklin.
With the win, the Bears improved to 8-5 on the year—a respectable finish while trying to replace the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. UCLA, meanwhile, will end its 2012 campaign at 9-5, a welcome change after consecutive losing seasons.
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