Griffin, Baylor get new coach Briles off to winning start

WACO, Texas -- Robert Griffin passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another in his first career start, and coach Art Briles earned his first win at Baylor as the Bears snapped a nine-game losing streak by beating Northwestern State 51-6 Saturday night.

Baylor (1-1) scored on their first five possessions and won for the first time since beating Buffalo last Sept. 22.

Griffin completed his last nine passes and was 15-of-19 for 294 yards in just over 2½ quarters to help Briles, who coached Houston the past five seasons, pick up his first victory with the Bears.

Jay Finley rushed for 91 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Bears, who jumped out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead against the Demons.

Northwestern State (1-1), an FCS team, didn't get a first down until early in the second quarter. By that time, Baylor was already up 30-0.

Baylor, who had 537 yards of offense, sputtered early offensively in a 41-13 loss to No. 20 Wake Forest last week before Griffin came off the bench.

The Bears had no such problems against Northwestern State as Griffin threw his first career touchdown pass came on Baylor's first possession.

The freshman hit Ernest Smith, who caught the ball over defender Cashas Pollard near the goal line, on a 49-yard scoring connection on third-and-16 that gave the Bears a 6-0 lead.

Baylor linebacker Antonio Johnson recovered Byron Lawrence's fumble to set up the Bears' second touchdown -- Finley's 40-yard TD run.

After Ben Parks kicked a 20-yard field goal to put Baylor ahead 16-0, Chris Francis intercepted John Hundley's pass to give the Bears the ball at the Demons 19.

Hundley, who was pulled for one possession after the interception, was 16-of-28 for 127 yards.

Griffin scored on a 3-yard run three plays later to give the Bears a 23-0 cushion. It was the most points for Baylor in a first quarter since scoring 24 against Rice on Nov. 14, 1992.

Finley scored on a 35-yard run early in the second quarter to cap the early flurry.

Northwestern State managed a pair of Robert Weeks field goals before halftime to cut Baylor's advantage to 30-6.

The Bears had 308 yards of total offense by halftime -- more than they had the entire game against Wake Forest.

Griffin added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Thomas White and a 47-yarder to Finley to cap his evening.

Baylor improved to 14-0 against FCS teams, while the Demons dropped their seventh straight against Football Bowl Subdivision teams since beating Louisiana-Monroe in 2005.