What is a team to do when it is missing it’s first and second string quarterbacks? If that team is Baylor, the solution is simple: put whoever you want at quarterback and let him run the ball as he pleases.
The Bears managed to use that strategy to run all over the Tar Heels' defense and move to a 28-17 lead after the first half. Baylor also broke the Russell Athletic Bowl record for rushing with just 2:16 left in the second quarter after accumulating 333 rushing yards.
The previous high was set by Illinois in 1999 when they rushed for 325 yards in a 63-21 win over Virginia.
Running back Johnny Jefferson made the most of the wildcat offense the Bears are implementing, with 173 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a pair of touchdowns.
All told, Baylor ran for 358 yards during the first half, with five different players running the ball five or more times.